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The Eatery Wood Fired Grill

The Eatery Wood Fired Grill
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Cost
R150 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups
Food
Food from the Americas, Light meals, Seafood, South African, Steak
Payment
Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa, Zapper
Corkage
No corkage fee, but limited to 1 bottle for every 2 people

Critic's review

Katharine Jacobs

Food

Pork belly ribs are a sure bet: they’re slow-roasted in sweet, tangy barbecue sauce. Chips are excellent – fat, but crisp on the outside, and fluffy inside.

The lamb rump espetada is juicy and flavourful – but not worth the hefty price tag. Burgers are a more affordable and popular option – think bacon, avo and emmental or crispy jalapenos and feta.

The fish comes somewhat overdone, despite a request for it to be underdone.

Finish with the delicious New York cheesecake. The crème brûlée could do with a hit of vanilla, and a thinner sugar top. (At present it’s a thick, somewhat impenetrable, sugar disc.)

Drinks

The wine list is affordably priced, with reasonable mark-ups. Else have a craft beer from the taps.

Service

Staff are quick to resolve small issues and have the kind of friendly charm that makes you want to become a regular.

Ambience

Dark walls with wooden banquette seating, blackboard menus and a butcher’s diagram of a cow set the steakhouse scene. The partially enclosed outside area has a lovely wooden roof and greenery separates it from busy Belvedere Road. It can get loud when busy, but it’s a happy, buzzy kind of loud.

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Friendly service and a cosy buzz make this suburban steakhouse a popular spot with locals.

(August 2017)

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  • Graham Howe

    Food
    Simple, good, honest food is the winning formula of this unpretentious venue, which offers a retro mix of South African steakhouse fare. (This restaurant received a highly commended certificate in the steakhouse category for the Western Cape at the 2016 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Best Everyday Eateries.) A good-value menu tempts with nostalgic classics. Start with crowd pleasers such as bacon-wrapped jalapeño poppers stuffed with mozzarella; chicken wings; salt ’n pepper squid tubes with lemon and parsley aioli; and Ma Se Bobotie rolls served with Mrs Ball’s chutney.

    Carnivores will be in a quandary over a hearty rack of signature barbecue pork ribs, rib-eye, sirloin or tenderloin – all grilled to your exact order and degree over charcoal on an open fire. Butchery posters will help you select your favourite cut. The meaty mains are aged, super tender and come with all the trimmings, from chips and really good sauces (don’t miss the chimichurri) to delicious buttermilk onion rings. The gourmet burgers (beef, chicken, ostrich or mushroom for vegetarians) come with delicious gourmet toppings – say feta, avo, cranberry and rocket on the signature Nkandla burger. The sweet-toothed will enjoy churros (similar to doughnuts) dusted in cinnamon.

    Drinks
    Craft beer on tap and small, reasonable wine selection.

    Service
    Warm and attentive - with good advice on crowd-pleasers and specials.

    Ambience
    Comfy, cosy and family friendly, like eating in a log cabin with meats grilled on open fire. It can get loud when busy, though. There’s an outside deck with a canopy for summer evenings.

    And…
    Try one of the weekly specials or the set three-course menu at R250pp.

    (September 2016)

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User reviews

  • Lovely neighbourhood spot in an otherwise restaurant-less wasteland. It was full – on a chilly Wednesday night. Food is tasty – not gourmet, but it's not trying to be. The steaks and lamb dishes are quite pricey, but burgers are a more affordable option (around R90 or so).

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  • Simply awesome...nothing better. Priceless... thank you muchly
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  • Amazing restaurant, amazing service; awesome food. 5 stars
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  • All I wanted was some churros to satisfy my sweet tooth on this chilly afternoon what I encountered was heaven on a plate and service that was honest and polite ! Awesome espetada complimented with the most symbiotic red wine as recommended by our lovely waitress ! I'm not a huge carnivore but this place had what it take to persuade me
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  • My husband and I visited The Eatery for the first time and had their Monday night steak (300g rump or sirloin) and chips special for R99 each. The steak really is wood fired and is marinated with a delicious rub rather than the usual barbecue basting. The chips are delicious too. I ordered a cracked black pepper sauce on the side which was a bit disappointing - strangely sweet and not very peppery at all. Just tasted like a watery cream sauce. Besides that, we thoroughly enjoyed the evening and will definitely be back to try one of their other specials. Our waitress, Dom, was lovely and friendly and offered us a loyalty card. The only other comment is that the restaurant tends to get quite hazy and smoky from the wood fired grill, so it may be an idea to install an extractor fan but otherwise great food and great value for money. My husband is something of a steak connoisseur and said it was one of the best steaks he's had in Cape Town. High praise indeed!
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  • Lovely evening spent at The Eatery , Claremont. Excellent food and very good service. I give this restaurant 5 stars. Thanks, Claudia
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  • Good srrvice, limited craft beer offerings. Pity there isnt a smoking section. Absolutely love the Bobotie springrolls!
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  • Every time we go here for dinner we are welcomed warmly and made to feel missed if we were gone a while. The food is always exceptional, especially their Cape Towner burger and steak special being amongst our favorites to order. The wine never disappoints and the wait staff and manager is always able to assist with recommendations. I'm excited about their new winter menu, which I think is the best idea since a family style restaurant should feel like mom's food or dad's Braai. The eatery is always at the top of our list when we need a place to eat. Keep up the great work!
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • WiFi

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