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The Eatery Wood Fired Grill (Claremont)

Cost
R135 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual, Family friendly
Food
Food from the Americas, Light meals, Seafood, South African, Steak
Payment
Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa, Zapper
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Critic's review

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

  • The Eatery Wood Fired Grill is tastefully decorated with a cosy ambiance. The staff were welcoming on arrival, attentive and friendly through the evening. Excellent menu! I'd say the best Salt & Pepper Squid starter in Cape Town and the Nkandla Burger was incredible! I would definitely recommend The Eatery!
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  • Undoubtedly the best ribs in Cape Town, where you don't feel like you need a shower after devouring your delicious pork ribs in either BBQ or Peri Peri flavours. All their food is cooked on an open wood fired braai which gives the meat a special flavour. Try their excellent well priced steaks and for non-carnivores there is always fresh fish, salads and more. Combine any of the above with craft beer on tap and round off your meal with one of their unique milkshakes.
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  • Had a sadly disappointing evening here. The restaurant was so loud that the waitron could hardly hear us. She then disappeared for half an hour before arriving with our drinks. Everyone in the place was shouting at full volume to be heard over the racket. The starter poppers (shown in eatout's profile) were excellent. Our mains (ribs and calamari) were bog average, Spur level, but at real steakhouse prices. Turned out to be a very expensive, irritating evening. We tried it as Eatout claimed it was the "Best Steakhouse". It isn't.
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  • Rarely does a restaurant captivate me enough to write a review but I felt the need to share my recent experience with new kid on the block The Eatery Wood Fired Grill Claremont… I shared a starter of the "S&P Squid" and “Ma se Bobotie Rolls". I challenge another place out there to give me better “crumbed calamari”. Oh my word! It melts in your mouth, is perfectly seasoned and the HOMEMADE aioli was so good I ended up spooning out the remainder out with my finger!! The bobotie rolls were just as delicious – light, golden and crispy - a great take on SA cuisine. For mains I had ordered “A Tender Loin” (aka beef fillet”) cooked medium which they got spot on. The menu states “melt in your mouth” and it did!! Seriously how did they manage to cook it to perfection? I ordered a creamy cheese sauce to go with it but the steak itself was so delicious it didn’t actually need it! That being said the sauce was just as amazing so once again ended up spooning the remainder out with my finger and with my homemade chips!! At this stage I had my doubts that the dessert could even compare to the first 2 dishes but boy was I wrong!! You cannot leave without trying the “Churros”. An extremely light finger like doughnut dusted in cinnamon accompanied with ice cream and chocolate sauce – what more could I have asked for it definitely hit the spot !! The place was full yet I hardly had to wait long for any of my courses. The staff were attentive and friendly. It is tastefully decorated and atmosphere most certainly relaxed and welcoming. I sat inside but there is an outside deck section with a canopy that I will be trying out for those summer evenings! Whether you coming with friends or on a date I would most DEFINITELY recommend The Eatery Wood Fired Grill and I can’t wait to be back!!
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  • We when there for the Monday steak special at R99 for a 300g steak and chips, and boy was it worth it. Amazing meal and worth every cent. The host was very accomodating as we had not booked a seat and the service was great. I loved the rustic book feel and the desert was great as well!
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Specials

Monday Nights at The Eatery

Monday night at The Eatery is steak night. Get a 300g sirloin steak and chips cooked the way you like it over hot coals for only R99 every Monday Night.

Book now on 0210034505 or at www.eaterywoodfiredgrill.co.za/reservation

 

Valid from - 2016-11-24 - 2017-03-31
PDF - Eatery Grill Menu 2016

Facilities

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

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