The Grill Jichana

The Grill Jichana
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R150 avg main meal
Bar scene, Groups, Special occasions
Bistro fare, Fine-dining food, South African, Steak
Mastercard, Visa
R45 (wine), R75 (champagne), R90 (magnum)

Critic's review

Nicola Ashe

The Grill Jichana
At Grill Jichana the considered sourcing of local meat means that Karan beef, free-range Karoo lamb and Dargle Valley chicken all feature on a small focused menu.

Expect a variety of starters that include both meat and veggie salads, as well as beef carpaccio, half-shell garlic and saffron Saldanha Bay mussels, or sautéed chicken livers. The escargot in blue-cheese sauce, with garlic cream and café de Paris butter, is a bit oily instead of creamy, so there is no liberal mopping up of sauce and the snails on one occasion were a little skinny instead of plump.

Choose from rump, fillet or T-bone topped with the same 20-ingredient café de Paris butter, which is sliced off a cold block and set atop the meat to slowly melt over it. Fillet requested medium rare was served almost blue, but this was swiftly rectified and re-plated with new vegetables and crispy chips.

Other sauces include roasted-garlic cream, truffle-scented mushroom, spicy chakalaka or béarnaise. Pepper-crusted ostrich fillet, slow-braised lamb shank, or a halloumi-and-aubergine veggie stack feature as signature dishes, along with cinnamon-scented citrus-basted duck, which is presented as a confit leg and grilled breast portion.

Seafood includes Norwegian salmon and tiger prawns with SASSI-listed line fish rubbed in east-coast spices.

Round off your meal with homemade sorbet, a Midlands cheese board, share the recommended five-chocolate Valrhona ball with fresh fruit relish, or the baked lemon tart with cardamon and rose water panacotta.

A comprehensive wine list is available as well as a selection of exclusive wines purchased annually from some of South Africa’s specialist wine auctions.

Staff are friendly, polite and extremely obliging. It’s a nice touch to be greeted with a sherry on arrival.

The black brick walls, padded leather booths and low-lit chandeliers give off a cigar-bar vibe, but rest assured, smokers are relegated street side.

‘Jichana’ is the Swahili slang word for ‘eating well’.

(September 2016)

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  • Accepts credit cards
  • Accommodation
  • Alfresco
  • Beer served
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Hotel
  • Licensed
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Vegetarian

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