The Grillhouse Sandton

The Grillhouse Sandton
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Critic's review

Rupesh Kassen

The Grillhouse has been a Johannesburg institution for 20 years, known for superb steaks, ribs and a vast selection of wines. While the original store is in Rosebank, the Sandton restaurant offers the same excellence. To start, there are traditional steakhouse offerings of black mushrooms, chicken livers or calamari. You might prefer the outstanding home-made boerewors with an onion-and-tomato salad, however.

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 the expertly made sauces and interesting sides like pap and chakalaka – a real treat.

The pork ribs never fail to impress: Succulent, basted with a hickory sauce, and served with crispy onions rings, they’re my go-to option when I’m craving good ribs. There’s also a selection of lamb, ostrich medallions, venison, chicken and seafood platters.

Finish your meal with homely favourites such as ice cream and chocolate brownies, crème brûlée or a cheese platter to share.

Geared toward the wine connoisseur, with pricing to match. The wine list is almost three times the size of the menu and the restaurant boasts its own cellar. Expect local wines along with some interesting options from France and New Zealand. You can even splash out on a magnum for that special occasion. If you’re a whisky connoisseur, the abundant variety of whiskies from single malts per region to blended Scotch and Irish whiskies will leave you spoilt for choice.

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

The formal space has exposed brick wall and is dimly lit, dotted by tables covered in crisp white table cloths contrasting with the wood panelling. The second level of the restaurant offers further seating and four dedicated private dining spaces that cater to a maximum of forty guests.

They offer a separate smoking section where you can enjoy a selection of cigars, in addition to an outdoor deck offering sprawling views of the Sandton neighbourhood – great for afternoon sundowners or a before-dinner drink.

(September 2016)

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  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Booking required
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Eat Out reviewed
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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