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The Butchery by Marble
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Cost
R90 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Special occasions
Food
Café fare, Deli fare, Pub fare
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
No BYO

Critic's review

Marie-Lais Emond

Food
Though the items available change often, the menu’s format is intentionally simple. The choice is between different meat and cheese platters, which arrive on elegantly tiered cake stands. The charcuterie items vary, but the platters always include generous portions of three kinds of meat arranged in fine folds. You could get salami with hazelnut, tarragon and Chenin Blanc, plus another local dark salami with pinotage and fennel. The Iberian ham is also utterly delicious.

The cheese platters are equally special, also varying from time to time, but almost always local and fantastic. It’s not surprising, considering the superb standard and variety of excellent South African raw milk cheeses, like a rich Langbaken Karoo Crumble, which tastes like something between a Parmesan and a fine cheddar. There’s also a Gansvlei Farm cumin gouda and a perfectly ripe brie from Dalewood. A combination Deluxe Platter features a fabulous mix of all the meats and cheeses, with heavenly bread from the oven upstairs. Accompaniments could be a cubed dry-preserved quince dish, the most delicious sweet kumquat and a bowl of glorious olive oil.

There is also always something on the ‘Butcher’s Block’. It could be a mighty Italian-style sandwich of cured meats made for big paws and jaws. You’ll finish every bite of the chewy, fresh ciabatta and the last of the salami on the stand.

There is no dessert (unless you make your way up to Marble for one), but the finest biscotti that accompany the coffees almost make up for it.

Drinks
The frequently changing wine list features rare wines, with every other one available by the glass. The offered MCCs would also pair perfectly with this fare. They have beers of the day and soft drink offerings are mostly San Pellegrino. The coffees are outright superb and there’s also a selection of teas.

Service
Booking via telephone could be smoother, but the experience while at the restaurant is better. Though some helpful information regarding the different meats and cheeses is overlooked, the service is fun, friendly and an all-in-all enjoyable interaction.

Ambience
This spot, with its décor by Irene Kyriacou, could easily be seen as a meat boutique. The meat cuts are displayed in an array of sparkling cabinets and each table features exquisite IVV hand-blown glasses and nice, long linen napkins gathered into rings. The plates all look like individual pieces of the same fine ceramic project.

And…
Select from the wide range of beef, lamb, chicken, game, pork and charcuterie for something to take home. The beef cheeks and quails are irresistible and chef Andy is there for more advice. Homeware and kitchen accessories can also be purchased.

(October 2017)

Eat Out critics dine unannounced and pay for their meals in full. Read our full editorial policy here.

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  • Marie-Lais Emond

    Food
    Though the items available change often, the menu’s format is intentionally simple. The choice is between different meat and cheese platters, which arrive on elegantly tiered cake stands. The charcuterie items vary, but the platters always include generous portions of three kinds of meat arranged in fine folds. You could get salami with hazelnut, tarragon and Chenin Blanc, plus another local dark salami with pinotage and fennel. The Iberian ham – from the famed, acorn-fed, wild boars – is also utterly delicious.

    The cheese platters are equally special, also varying from time to time, but almost always local and fantastic. It’s not surprising, considering the superb standard and variety of excellent South African raw milk cheeses, like a rich Langbaken Karoo Crumble, which tastes like something between a Parmesan and a fine cheddar. There’s also a Gansvlei Farm cumin gouda and a perfectly ripe brie from Dalewood. A combination Deluxe Platter features a fabulous mix of all the meats and cheeses, with heavenly bread from the oven upstairs. Accompaniments could be a cubed dry-preserved quince dish, the most delicious sweet kumquat and a bowl of glorious olive oil.

    There is also always something on the ‘Butcher’s Block’. It could be a mighty Italian-style sandwich of cured meats made for big paws and jaws. You’ll finish every bite of the chewy, fresh ciabatta and the last of the salami on the stand.

    There is no dessert (unless you make your way up to Marble for one), but the finest biscotti that accompany the coffees almost make up for it.

    Drinks

    The frequently changing wine list features some rare wines, with every other one available by the glass. The offered MCCs pair would also pair perfectly with this fare. They have beers of the day and soft drink offerings are mostly San Pellegrino. The coffees are outright superb and there’s also a selection of teas.

    Service

    Booking via telephone could be smoother, but the experience while at the restaurant is better. Though some helpful information regarding the different meats and cheeses is overlooked, the service is fun, friendly and an all-in-all enjoyable interaction.

    Ambience

    This spot, with its décor by Irene Kyriacou, could easily be seen as a meat boutique. The meat cuts are displayed in an array of sparkling cabinets and each table features exquisite IVV hand-blown glasses and nice, long linen napkins gathered into rings. The plates all look like individual pieces of the same fine ceramic project.

    And…

    Select from the wide range of beef, lamb, chicken, game, pork and charcuterie for something to take home. The beef cheeks and quails are irresistible and chef Andy is there for more advice. Homeware and kitchen accessories can also be purchased.

    Eat Out critics dine unannounced and pay their own way. Read our full editorial policy here.

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    • Service
    • Food

User reviews

  • What a great evening I had at the marble restaurant. Had a pork lion very succulent and the flavour was out of this word. look forward to dining there very SOON!
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  • Breakfast
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  • Lunch
  • Takeaways
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