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The Grillhouse Rosebank

The Grillhouse Rosebank
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Cost
R150 avg main meal
Ambience
Classic elegance
Food
Burgers, Seafood, South African, Steak, Vegetarian
Payment
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Critic's review

Thulisa Martins

Food
The Grillhouse welcomes guests with a massive warm round homemade bread that melts a spread of butter. The menu is extensive, with options of appetizers, salads and mains, which include vegetarian, poultry, seafood and fish and, most importantly – what the grill house is renowned for – their steaks.

From the appetizers menu, guests can start amongst the selection with either a springbok carpaccio, a selection of prawns or just go for the biltong basket. A recommendation is the calamari served either grilled in lemon butter or fried. The calamari, if fried, is crisp and tender, served on a bed of savoury rice and a tartare sauce that complements the calamari.

For mains it's best to go for what they are known for and choose from the grill menu. The steaks are sold by weight, which can go from 200g up to 1kg of rib eye. The New York Sirloin is particularly good, cooked to perfection and goes well with a side of lightly crisp onion rings, seasonal vegetables and a creamy mushroom sauce. The sides are charged separately and also include sautéed mushrooms, pap and chakalaka. Other steaks to note are fillet, rump and venison. For those who are not big on steaks, the peri-peri spatchcock chicken is great, or the Mediterranean vegetable platter is an option – a mezze of hummus, tahini, falafel, pita, olives, feta and a variety of traditional salads.

The dessert menu is basic, with well-known classics like crème brûlée and tiramisu. The brûlée is creamy and light on the inside and has the faultless crack on top. South African favourite, malva pudding, is also available.

Go to the grillhouse hungry as the portion sizes are hefty.

Drinks
The sizable drinks menu also comprises of beers, craft beers, cognac and Scotch whiskies. There are some vintage port which includes the 40 year old Messias. There is also a considerable amount of white and red wines.

Service
The service is on point, quick and friendly. Tables are looked after without being too pushy.

Ambience
A calming formal setting of large dim lamps hanging and tables dressed in white table cloths and leather chairs. An industrial ceiling gives the space an edgy feel and some brick walls. The space does offer a cozy feel. The crowd includes families, business associates and loved ones on dates.

And...
There is live music upstairs, which is great for guests having drinks.

(September 2016)

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  • Rupesh Kassen

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    The Grillhouse is an institution in Johannesburg and has maintained exceptional quality and consistency over the years. To start, there are traditional steakhouse offerings like black mushrooms, chicken livers and calamari. I prefer the outstanding homemade boerewors with an onion and tomato salad. From the grill you can indulge in one of their choice cuts of aged beef: fillet, New York sirloin, T-bone or rib eye. Pair your steak with one of their expertly made sauces and interesting sides like pap and chakalaka – a real treat. Their pork ribs never fail to impress, being succulent and basted with hickory sauce, served with crispy onion rings, my go-to option when I’m craving good ribs. There is also a selection of lamb, ostrich medallions, venison, chicken and seafood platters. Finish you meal with homely favourites such as ice cream and hot chocolate sauce, crème brûlée or a cheese platter to share.

    Drinks
    The wine list is almost three times the size of the menu and geared toward the wine connoisseur, with pricing to match. Expect local wines along with some interesting French and New Zealand options. You can even splash out on a magnum for that special occasion.

    Service
    Well-dressed, experienced waiters tend to your every need with great efficiency.

    Ambience
    The formal space is dimly lit, dotted by tables covered in crisp white tablecloths, offset by wood panelling. They offer private dining rooms for functions or business lunches. After dinner, pop in to the adjoining Katzy bar for live entertainment and socialite spotting.

    And…
    Check out their own butchery opposite the restaurant, where you can take home some of their prize matured beef and award-winning boerewors.

    (October 2015)

  • Bazil Stander

    Food 
    Expect the usual suspects on the starter menu: butternut soup; calamari, chicken livers, halloumi cheese and snails. They’re well executed and do not disappoint, but the real hero here is the superbly matured selection of beef. Served with expertly made sauces and sides, they're a real treat. The chasseur sauce is excellent, and sides include some interesting options like pap and chakalaka. The portions are generous, which is the way the very loyal clientele like it! Try the 400g rib-eye, the New York sirloin or the lamb rib cutlets. The meat melts in your mouth. There’s also a good selection of shellfish simply prepared with lemon butter and grilled.

    Drinks 
    An extensive list of reliable South African wines, priced mostly from R300 and upwards, make this an expensive place to drink. Options by the glass are limited and pricey as well. There are some interesting Spanish and French wines available, as well as an excellent and vast list of single malt whiskies and vodkas.

    Service 
    Professional, bow-tied waiters are well informed and quick on their feet.

    Ambience 
    It’s a dark, wooden, masculine space that is at once welcoming, sexy and formal – the kind of venue where business men gather to seal the deal.

    And…  
    Why not try a Cuban cigar at the bar, or slip next door to the adjoining jazz bar, Katzy’s, for an after dinner drink and some live entertainment?

    (July 2014)

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    This was one of the first establishments to revolutionise the steakhouse market nearly 20 years ago and prove that flesh could be both fancy and upmarket. While there’s something for all tastes, meat is king here. Choose your cut of well-hung meat an accompanying sauce, and wash it down with a fine wine. The ribs and lamb cutlets also make a good choice as does the homemade burger, which is a real bargain.

    Wine
    This spot is renowned for its fine wines and whiskeys including an impressive array of single malts.

    Service
    Good service with attention to detail.

    Ambience
    It is wholly masculine with a club-like feel, yet it exudes warmth.

    And...
    Keep some space after your carnivore feast. They’ve had their brownies and ice cream on the menu since inception. (JW, October 2012)

User reviews

  • Always a pleasure to see professionals at work. Quality product served with skill and flair.
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  • This restaurant is everybody's favourite, as it is packed every evening. We had ordered seafood - my husband ordered the Queen Prawns and I've ordered the calamari main course. The side that I've ordered together with the calamari was a green salad and the brought me a full Greek salad with lots of Feta cheese and olives. My husband's prawns came with two sauces - a hot peri-peri sauce and a butter sauce. The food was very tasty, the service was good and we had a lovely evening. The complimentary bread was a certain winner - so crisp and tasty.
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  • Steak Club did its annual pilgrimage to The Grillhouse last night with elements of sublime and elements of ridiculous. First off my steak was perfection! I always ask for my fillet rare, but warmed all the way through, and that is exactly what I got. I was an excellent cut of meat that melted in my mouth. The basting gave it a little bit of sweetness balanced perfectly by an equally good pepper sauce. Unfortunately the selection of beers was limited to the mass produced, full of chemicals, no flavour variety. They really do need to get with the times and offer a small selection of craft beers. Jack Black is so main-stream these days that they could at least offer that! The wine list is comprehensive, with a good selection albeit on the pricey side. The real low point was the coffee. If you don’t know how to make coffee, don’t serve it! At R23.95 for a small/medium cappuccino, it is the most expensive I've had (in SA) so one would expect a lot. It was undrinkable! Their first attempt, after I asked the waiter to ensure that the milk wasn’t burnt, was so hot that if had I taken a sip I would've incinerated my mouth and all that gorgeous flavour of the steak destroyed. I asked for them to try again and the second cup came back cold and weak. (I’m guessing they just tipped some of the coffee out and added cold milk to compensate.) That was sent back too! It’s very disappointing that I can make a cappuccino at home with a R3500 machine that’s 12 years old at a cost of R5 that’s superior in every way. They really do need to send their baristas to Motherland a hundred metres away to get some proper training! So do come for the steak and the ambience, you will not be disappointed, just skip the coffee and have a tea!
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  • Had business lunch 21Aug'13 ordered 2x ribeye steaks, received 2x sirloins. Amazing how customers, from farming stock, are convinced they confused on meat served and floor managers meat knowledge is superior. Apparently RSA ribeye differs from USA's? Never been to USA nor tried their beef, they must also have hybrid beef cattle? Afraid you guys are conning to the public.

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  • Just back from the most awesome dining experience. For anyone thinking about a good meal with unrivalled customer service at a reasonable price this place is definitely worth a visit or few. Thanks guys - keep up the excellent service.

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  • The best in Johannesburg!

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  • Just spent a lovely evening at The Grillhouse. Sophisticated, elegant, with a great vibe. My husband still claims that the best steaks are served here, and had fillet on the bone tonight - superior. I had Scottish salmon, and for a steakhouse, it was lovely. Don't bother with other establishments, just book Grillhouse in advance. Highly recommended.

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  • Have been to The Grillhouse on numerous occasions and have never been disappointed.
    Very much like stepping into your rich grandfather's study or library - heavy dark woods, books, interesting items on shelves etc.
    The service is extremely slick, waitrons know their stuff and have always been good. Wine list is impressive, as is their whiskey/cigar selection if you're into that. The food is mouth-watering. Even though the main reason to go there is obviously their incredible meat selection, even the vegetarians are always impressed and satisfied with the offerings.
    Highly recommend a visit.

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  • Just over a week ago I entertained some overseas colleagues at the Grillhouse. I must say I was so embarrassed for recommending the place. When we arrived our table was not ready for about 20 minutes, our food arrived stone cold and our steaks were really tough, not to mention the foul cold excuse of a sauce we received. My colleagues were so furious that they insisted we have desserts and coffee somewhere else. NOT great at all, would not recommend this place to anyone.
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  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Booking required
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  • Dinner
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  • Licensed
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  • Serves food
  • Vegetarian
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