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Rare Grill

Rare Grill
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Cost
R150 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
Steak
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
Free 1st bottle but R30 thereafter

Critic's review

Ashraf Booley

A little-known gem tucked away in Cape Town’s Harfield Village, Rare Grill has been getting some rave reviews from our readers. We sent Eat Out critic Ashraf Booley to put the steakhouse through the mincer.

Food

The menu is small and to the point, with steak as the restaurant’s mainstay. Choose between superb cuts of sirloin, rump or fillet (200g or 300g), which have all been wet-aged for up to four weeks. They’re accompanied by your choice of starchy sides and sauces. If you’re not up for steak, tuck into one of the other mains options, such as spicy baby calamari, a whole peri-peri baby chicken or pork ribs.

The starter of mushroom risotto, soused with truffle oil, is topped with parmesan shavings. The generous portion is fortunately neither too rich nor heavy. The creamy risotto is packed with flavour and cooked to perfection. Carpaccio, bone marrow and deep-fried camembert are among the other seemingly delicious starters to try.

Owner Greg Bax, who himself mans the grill, sure knows his meat: the succulent fillet is tender and tasty, sporting beautiful grill marks. The smooth and creamy sweet potato mash is the perfect foil for the fillet. If you’re feeling ravenous, ask about the blackboard specials, which could include the popular 500g fillet on the bone (a revelation); the 500g grass-fed black Angus; or a 1kg t-bone steak, which is perfect for sharing. The béarnaise, mushroom and peppercorn sauces that accompany the steaks are; however, nothing to write home about. As for the crispy chunky chips served skin-on, they’re in a league of their own – fluffy on the inside and extra crispy on the outside. End off your meal on a sweet note with a local malva pud, a chocolate bomb or brownies.

Drinks

A small selection of Wolftrap wines is available by the glass as well as a few good bottles, a bubbles option, and craft beer on-tap.

Service

The service is nothing less than stellar. The waiter is friendly, attentive and well-versed on the menu – as is the owner, who juggles time between the kitchen and tables.

Ambience

This quaint, cosy eatery is warm and intimate. Rare Grill’s rustic wooden walls are reminiscent of a cabin. The walls are adorned in framed pictures of cows to marvel at while you savour your cut.

And…

They have chocolate vodka shots. Enough said.

(September 2017)

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User reviews

  • Perfect steaks, delicious sides, great service. This tiny eatery is fantastic.
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  • I would like to tell you a story. In a suburb, far far away there is a little restaurant called Rare Grill. They may be small but their reputation is renowned throughout the land. One day the Queen decided to host a birthday party for the Family. She entrusted her favourite courtier to seek out a new venue. Now the courtier, being a foodie, consulted his favourite Facebook page and finally suggested Rare Grill, due to the excellent reviews and awards. So off they went. Included in the party was the Queen Mum, who at 87 did not get out much. To their dismay when they arrived the PIC (person-in-charge) woefully informed them that she had given their table away to, “gasp”, a walk-in and suggested they sit at a makeshift table set up in the passageway, staring at the bar. Now the Queen was justifiably pissed and shouted: “Off with their heads!” Before this escalated into a scene, the quick-witted courtier promptly phoned the Family favourite, Á Tavola, who luckily had a free table and the Family ended up having a super time there as always. Back at the palace, the Queen was demanding action, “Somebody must pay!”, she exclaimed. The courtier was busy sweating bullets, dreading demotion to the palace kitchens to wash dishes for the rest of his life. He did, however, persuade the Queen to wait for 24-hours for a response. The next day the restaurant owner at Rare Grill did, in fact, call the palace and apologised profusely, offering a free dinner as compensation - even going so far as to offer his carriage to bring them there (an Uber voucher). The Family decided to take him up on his offer but politely declined the carriage. Time passed and the family returned to Rare Grill for their dinner invite. I am happy to say they had a lovely evening. The restaurant was warm and cosy, the steaks were delicious, especially the sirloin on the bone. The chocolate vodka shots should be locked up they're so good. The Queen Mum complained a bit about the acoustics, but she is 87 and a somewhat hard of hearing, so no one else was too bothered by this. The Family thanked the owner for his generous spirit and for looking after them so well - they were so pleased to be able to give them a second chance. The Queen left happy, with a belly full of food and all was well in the land. Thank you, Sir, what a Knight! The End The moral of the story, we all mistakes – so don't diss people before they have a chance to redeem themselves.
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  • Almost reluctant to write a review so as not to share a well kept secret. That would prejudice the owner who deserves to get the support for this gem. He has set himself a high standard and by not pushing the boundaries on price he has a winning formula. Keep it simple but good. Steak is the speciality. Fun and good wine offering. The service is friendly and efficient. The place is small so booking essential.
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  • Rare Grill is an intimate venue in Kenilworth which has seen several attempts at a restaurant over the past year. Now attractively decorated, BYO at present, bu the licence is on the way, it has an appealing menu, grill/steak focused. An amiable chef and delightful waiter. For starters we enjoyed the Caesar Salad and Marrowbones (what a pleasure not having the garlic that some feel is essential!). Mains - we took their recommendation and had tender sirloins - basted but one can presumably ask for no basting. I had hoped for baked potatoes (not seen too often these days) but not on the menu, but they do have other starch and vege choices. Bearnaise sauce must have come out of a bottle, sadly far from the real thing. Onion rings and spinach fine, but maybe because I love cabbage rolls, so when red (not specified on the menu) cabbage and bacon arrived, it did not look appetizing and we didn't enjoy that. Skipped desserts. This has promise and we wish it success.
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  • Hands down the best steak I and my family have ever had, cooked to perfection. A great feeling of laughter and light fills the restaurant creating a wonderful environment! On top of the magnificent steaks the chocolate brownie was out of this world. Highly recommended!
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