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The Smokehouse and Grill

The Smokehouse and Grill
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Cost
R100 avg main meal
Ambience
Authentic culture, Comfy & casual, Family friendly
Food
Food from the Americas, Modern
Payment
Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Xolisa Phillip

Food
The menu is compact, offering enough choice without overwhelming customers with variety. The starters range from spicy chicken wings, squid heads to mac and cheese; salads include smoked chicken, Greek and the like; while the mains of “old favourites” include fillet and beef and pork ribs.

The grub is uncomplicated and unapologetically good. The aged fillet, basted in a Smokehouse sauce, comes with a fair amount of golden brown potato chips. The meat was succulent and packed with flavour. On the sweet side, expect peanut butter ice cream, chocolate brownie and malva pudding. The chocolate brownie, served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce, was gooey, moist and soft. It did not disappoint.

Drinks
In the tipple side of things, there’s enough choice on the wine list, craft beers, lagers, cocktails and shooters. The restaurant also offers standard non-alcoholic drinks, including a selection of warm beverages, juices and soft drinks.

Service
The staff welcome customers at the door. Once seated, however, the menus took a minute to arrive and the service had a bit of a slow start. The attentive manager, who did the rounds among the tables, quickly turned what could have an unpleasant experience into an enjoyable night. He made sure that orders did not take too long to arrive and discreetly checked in to see if the food was satisfactory.

Ambience
This is a decidedly grown-up venue with a macho, adult “feel” to it. The red, black and brown colour scheme makes it a cosy nightspot for after work dinner and drinks.

And…
There’s no formal dress code and diners can pop in without booking, especially on quiet nights

(September 2016)

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  • Hennie Fisher

    Food
    Starters range from jalapeño poppers – filled with cheese and slow smoked or wrapped in bacon – to spicy chicken wings (just the thing to get your fingers sticky before digging into ribs for mains). The mac & cheese with parmesan cheese and cocktail tomatoes is a lovely surprise in the starter section, while there is bound to be those who would love the ‘Wagon Wheels’ – thick cut onions wrapped in bacon, served with a sweet chilli sauce. They also have a fun “Braamies” niçoise, consisting of tuna, egg, baby greens and the option to order with or without anchovies. This establishment takes its ribs seriously, and one can order them as full or half portions – St Louis ribs are pork belly ribs, while Baby Back ribs are cut from the back and slightly less fatty. Other options include fillet, sirloin, rump, T-bone and beef oxtail, as well as chicken and kingklip. Sandwiches are almost as ample as burgers. The burgers are huge and even the Smoke House Burger at R 105 remains good value for money with two 200g patties, tomato, pickles, bacon and cheese.

    Drinks
    While the wine list is not impressive, it is well put together and shows insight into the food and the restaurant’s patrons. It is possible to celebrate late into the night with three bubblies to suit all pockets, and also some super craft beers from the likes of Jack Black, Citizen Alliance and Devils Peak.

    Service
    There is a myriad of accents discernible among the waiters, which adds to the delightful multi-cultural feel that predominates here. Staff members are able to eloquently advise patrons about the items on the menu and in general they are a fun, bright and cheerfully competent bunch.

    Ambience
    There is a large wraparound veranda with protective drop-down black canvas blinds to extend the intimate restaurant into a much larger space. The décor is casual and aims to instil a smoke house feel by means of wood, chunky steak knives and lots of large TV screens for all those not to be missed sport events. This is one of those wonderful places where people – regardless of background, colour or creed – seem to put their differences aside and just have fun together.

    And…
    Finish your meal with a scoop of peanut butter ice cream – a classic and delicious ending to a real smoke house evening.

  • Hennie Fisher

    Food 

    Starters range from jalapeño poppers, filled with cheese and slow smoked or wrapped in bacon, to spicy chicken wings, which are just the thing to get your fingers sticky before digging into ribs for mains.

    The mac and cheese with parmesan and cocktail tomatoes is a lovely surprise in the starter section, and there are bound to be those who would love the Wagon Wheels: thick-cut onions wrapped in bacon and served with a sweet chilli sauce.

    They also have a fun Braamies Niçoise with the classic tuna, egg, baby greens and the option to have it with or without anchovies. This establishment takes its ribs seriously, and you can order them as full or half portions. The St Louis version is pork belly ribs, while the baby back ribs are slightly less fatty.

    Other meaty options include fillet, sirloin, rump, T-bone and beef oxtail, and there’s chicken and kingklip, too. Sandwiches are almost as ample as burgers. The burgers are huge and even the Smokehouse Burger at R105 remains good value for money with two 200g patties, tomato, pickles, bacon and cheese.

    Drinks
    The wine list of easy-drinking options is well put together and shows insight into the food and the restaurant’s patrons. It’s possible to celebrate late into the night with three bubblies to suit all pockets, and also some super craft beers from the likes of Jack Black, Citizen Alliance and Devil’s Peak.

    Service
    Myriad accents are discernible among the waiters, which adds to the delightful multi-cultural feel that predominates here. Staff members are able to eloquently advise patrons about the items on the menu and in general they are a fun, bright and cheerfully competent bunch.

     

    Ambience
    There is a large wraparound veranda with protective drop-down black canvas blinds to extend the intimate restaurant into a much larger space. The décor is casual and aims to instil a smokehouse feel by means of wood, chunky steak knives and lots of large TV screens for all those not-to-be-missed sport events. It’s one of those wonderful places where people – regardless of background, colour or creed – seem to put their differences aside and just have fun together.

    And…
    Finish your meal with a scoop of peanut butter ice cream – a classic and delicious ending to a real smokehouse experience.

    (August 2015)

  • Hennie Fisher

    Food
    Starters range from jalapeño poppers – filled with cheese and slow smoked or wrapped in bacon – to spicy chicken wings (just the thing to get your fingers sticky before digging into ribs for mains). The mac & cheese with parmesan cheese and cocktail tomatoes is a lovely surprise in the starter section, while there is bound to be those who would love the ‘Wagon Wheels’ – thick cut onions wrapped in bacon, served with a sweet chilli sauce. They also have a fun “Braamies” niçoise, consisting of tuna, egg, baby greens and the option to order with or without anchovies. This establishment takes its ribs seriously, and one can order them as full or half portions – St Louis ribs are pork belly ribs, while Baby Back ribs are cut from the back and slightly less fatty. Other options include fillet, sirloin, rump, T-bone and beef oxtail, as well as chicken and kingklip. Sandwiches are almost as ample as burgers. The burgers are huge and even the Smoke House Burger at R 105 remains good value for money with two 200g patties, tomato, pickles, bacon and cheese.

    Drinks
    While the wine list is not impressive, it is well put together and shows insight into the food and the restaurant’s patrons. It is possible to celebrate late into the night with three bubblies to suit all pockets, and also some super craft beers from the likes of Jack Black, Citizen Alliance and Devils Peak.

    Service
    There is a myriad of accents discernible among the waiters, which adds to the delightful multi-cultural feel that predominates here. Staff members are able to eloquently advise patrons about the items on the menu and in general they are a fun, bright and cheerfully competent bunch.

    Ambience
    There is a large wraparound veranda with protective drop-down black canvas blinds to extend the intimate restaurant into a much larger space. The décor is casual and aims to instil a smoke house feel by means of wood, chunky steak knives and lots of large TV screens for all those not to be missed sport events. This is one of those wonderful places where people – regardless of background, colour or creed – seem to put their differences aside and just have fun together.

    And…
    Finish your meal with a scoop of peanut butter ice cream – a classic and delicious ending to a real smoke house evening.
    October 2015

User reviews

  • A special thank you to Lucky Frank.. So refreashing to see that there are still true professionals out there.. Customer service above all.. ref rib and chick special
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  • The second smoke house has opened! A new spacious restaurant in Fourways. As always the food is superb. If you enjoy ribs make sure you reserve them early. Despite the fact that they now have their own smoker for all their own meat. They are supplying other restaurant too. The owner regularly orders off the menu to do a quality evaluation. His standards are exceeded in my opinion. He is a great host,always available and keeping an eagle eye on a very polite and informed staff. He is quick to identify and diffuse any potential issues. Never say no to peanut butter icecream. My icecream fundi husband salivates at the thought! The peppermint is just as fantastic. If you're fortunate a bonus item often appears on your table as a taster or side at no charge. My favorite restaurant in all aspects Would the two women who gave a bad review please go back. You'll be so glad you did.
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  • This is the Smokehouse and Grill in Sunset Ave, Lonehill, Fourways. Excellent service from friendly staff. The owners are compassionate and engaging and love meeting and greeting their regular customers :-). Portion sizes are hugh. Excellent steak house food including burgers and desserts. Relaxed ambiance.
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  • Food: Proper pub grub. We had giant burgers that covered our faces in sauce. The mac 'n cheese was lovely and the poppers! Wowee! Drinks: Great craft beers and shooters available. Great wines too. Service: The staff are so friendly and the manager/owner is always there. Ready to greet you warmly and will move mountains to make sure you are satisfied. Ambience: Love the background music, great 80s tracks and lovely happy atmosphere. You come here to have a great time and you leave there with a full tummy and a big smile.
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  • I was dismissed quite rudely by the lunching waiters for arriving too early at 11h50 as they open at 12h00. The food didn't blow my mind as I was expecting it to, but it was alright.
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  • Great new discovery in vibey Braamfontein. Burgers and ribs with craft beers and a relatively basic but nice wine list. We were there on a Friday night and it was packed. Blonde wood deco reminiscent of real US Boston smokehouses. Great crowd and a really fabulous way to start the weekend. Obvious and interested managers ensured a trouble free evening. Try the smoked jalepeno's to start, burgers and the pulled pork sandwich make great mains and for dessert the peanut butter ice cream and butterscotch sauce Just two very minor issues......limp, oily and processed chips disappointing for such a good burger. And the menu clearly states no substitutions for chips, but it would be very nice if people could substitute a "healthier" option like a side salad for their chips. We will be back to try the ribs!
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • WiFi

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