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Carne on Kloof

Carne on Kloof
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Cost
R150 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
Bistro fare, Italian
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
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Critic's review

Graham Howe

Food
Free-range beef, lamb and pork are the stars of this award-winning franchise, run by owner Giorgio Nava, who manages the supply chain from paddock to plate from his cattle farm in the Karoo to his outlets in Cape Town. The beef is superbly cut, cured and marbled, and prepared by experienced grillers who get the degree and temperature right every time. But it would be a mistake to miss the Italian house specialties such as beef carpaccio, slow-baked lamb ravioli with sage butter or polenta gnocchi with gorgonzola. The Karoo dorper lamb is another signature dish. The legions of regulars head straight for the beef though, which comes in every cut – from hanger and flat iron to rump, sirloin and T-bone. Serious carnivores order the trio of beef tartare and roasted marrowbones on the side, as well as a green peppercorn or Béarnaise sauce.

Drinks
They offer a well-selected South African and Italian wine and spirit list.

Service
Smart and professional, with good advice on the best way to prepare different cuts of dry and wet-aged meat from six shades of pink to grey, or blue to well done.

Ambience
Intimate and relaxed, with two elegant dining rooms set in the front-rooms of an old Victorian house.

And…
On a warm summer’s night, reserve one of the tables on the romantic stoep and linger over tiramisu and grappa with the night hawks on Kloof Street.

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  • Jeanne Calitz

    Giorgio Nava, chef and owner of the esteemed Carne SA (winner of Eat Out’s Best Steakhouse for 2013) has opened a second, smaller Carne on Kloof Street to supply growing demand for his excellent, meaty fare. Jeanne Calitz went to have a bite.

    The food
    As a smaller version of the Keerom Street restaurant, Carne on Kloof features a suitably trimmed-down menu. As the name indicates, there’s a great range of meaty fare available, from (excellent) beef carpaccio and veal sweetbreads on the antipasti menu to a variety of steak cuts as mains. Besides the well-known cuts like sirloin or T-bone, there’s also the choice of hanger steak and free-range pork sirloin on the bone.

    Taste-wise, the hanger steak falls somewhere between the fillet and the sirloin: it has more flavour than the former, but is less chewy than the latter. A lean cut, it’s served with a side of the house salad, a fresh and crunchy toss of lettuce, radicchio, diced red onions and cucumber. (Steak and salad – a Noakes-worthy meal, yes?) Delivered perfectly medium-rare, it’s a very tasty piece of meat that has my husband looking on longingly from his choice of a beef hamburger.

    Despite the meat-heavy menu, any lost or accidentally invited vegetarians (it’s called Carne, don’t you know) will also find a few options to sink their teeth into: the classic L’insalata Caprese boasts a great scoop of deliciously creamy burrata on diced tomato; an adventurous avocado salad with fresh pear and pecan nuts; and three meat-free pasta options, including a tempting butternut ravioli with sage butter.

    When it comes to dolce (and it always does, for this diner), there’s the choice of homemade sorbets, gelato, tiramisu and chocolate fondant. The fondant is delicious; rich and decadent, this sophisticated little confection ticks all the boxes. We round the meal off with a neat espresso.

    Walking away, it’s easy to see why Carne on Kloof is, after barely a week’s business, already drawing full crowds of locals, as well as the occasional visiting celebrity (like a certain likeable CIA-boss from Homeland).

    The drinks
    The wine list is small but it’s adjusted on a daily basis to allow for variety. You’ll find a few easy-drinking selections as well as some more serious wines, like the impressive Felicité Pinot Noir from Newton Johnson. They also have a smart bar that showcases a range of spirits and some bubbles not listed on the menu.

    The service
    Service is not super slick yet, with a couple of order slip-ups here and there, but then they’ve only been open a week or so, so let’s not sweat the small stuff. Besides, the staff are friendly and extremely attentive. Special mention goes to the charming and informed hosts/floor managers, who really go the extra mile.

    The ambience
    Overall, the feel is elegant and classy, but very relaxed. With a combination of face-brick and steel-grey walls, light wooded furniture and steel beams, the venue has an industrial feel; nevertheless, it exudes warmth – especially if you stumble in, freshly drenched by one of Cape Town’s torrential rains. One off-note is the cushioned benches that are set quite high, leaving you positively looming over the table. Staff members are aware of this tricky detail, though. The walls are strikingly adorned with yellow wood troughs, tribal antiques from the Eastern Cape that Giorgio bought at an auction.

    And…
    Have a drink at the sophisticated bar before dinner. The fairy-light-lit terrace is home to a couple of tables that will no doubt be snapped up on starry nights.

    (July 2014)

User reviews

  • My wife and I had dinner at carne in Kloof street in December 2014. The food and service was excellent, so much so that I have been a staunch ambassador of the restaurant to anyone wanting a steak. I really could not speak highly enough about the steak I had enjoyed at the restaurant. Tonight my wife and I returned, looking forward to the same experience. We were rudely disappointed. My wife ordered the Spider steak, which was very good. I ordered the rump, unfortunately my steak seemed excessively salty. At first I thought it was the fries, which I returned, only to find that my steak was still salty. To cut a long story short, the steak had been given a dose of salt whilst on the grill - something I enjoy ordinarily, but this time it was excessive. I returned the rump and reordered another asking for no salt to be added. I duly received it and on paying the bill was charged for my returned "salty" rump and the second rump. Poor form. I've gone from an unwavering Carne brand ambassador to a disgruntled diner within 2 hours. I did protest, but the Manageress on duty felt I ought to pay. Oh well I won't be back. Pity.
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  • Carne on Kloof was outstanding. The place has a great feel to it, and the service is top notch. Try the carpaccio and the tartare for starters. The Hanger steak is the best cut by far, full of flavour and as soft as fillet. I
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  • Wednesday 28th April - took three friends from Gauteng to Kloof St, Carnè and had a truly superb meal from start to finish, i.e. while the various steaks were excellent, so too were al accompaniments from veg through to a top class 'Fondant' Top class outing in warm relaxing atmosphere and very good value! Wish you great success - John van der spuy
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  • great food, service and ambiance....
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  • Disappointed - we heard the food was good, but found the service utterly poor. Slow, unattentive waiting staff with seemingly the only interest to get their shift over as soon as possible. Not worth the price.
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  • Dinner
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