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The Local Grill (Parktown North)

The Local Grill (Parktown North)
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Cost
R260 set menu, R290 set menu, R340 set menu, R395 set menu; R170 avg main meal
Ambience
Local cuisine, Quick meals
Food
Burgers, South African, Steak
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R50 if the wine is not listed on the menu, otherwise R100

Critic's review

Siphiwe Mpye

Food
For 16 years, owner Steve Maresch – a beef obsessive – has been perfecting the art of the elevated steakhouse experience. Beef – both grain-fed and grass-fed – is sourced from local farmers and as a far afield as Brazil. It is aged (wet or dry) on the premises and cooked to your heart’s desire.

There are starters for varied palates. Try the smoked salmon with avocado and capers or, if you want to make it a total meat fest, there’s the venison skewer, which is rubbed, grilled and served on a bed of rocket, drizzled with cranberry port jus. The juicy 500g sirloin on the bone – with added bone marrow – is perfectly medium rare, served with mustard sauce. The sausage feast – with boerewors, Persian lamb sausages and venison wors – is served with tomato pepper relish and pap (or mash). All the sausages are juicy and flavourful, with the robust venison a stand out. Just as well, otherwise I would’ve been upset about deciding against the pork ribs, brushed with herb butter or basted with honey soya. Surprisingly, there’s a vegan option – a cous cous and vegetable medley served with seasonal vegetables and a tomato pepper relish.

There’s an extensive dessert selection available, from ice cream (three scoops of vanilla topped with a Bar One sauce) and home-made chocolate brownies to bread-and-butter pudding and malva pudding.

Drinks
As one would expect from an establishment with a focus on quality beef, The Local Grill has a pro-active wine selection process. Only the tried and tested survive the quarterly swing of the sommelier’s sword, chopping away wines deemed unworthy by the clientele. If the only companion you can imagine for your bloody steak is a robust red, then you’re looking at between R250 and R470. For just under a grand, you could opt for one of the nine Bordeaux blends. The bubbly straddles decent local choices plus Moët & Chandon and Veuve Clicquot.

Ambience
The mood is versatile and, because of the size of the space and delineated areas, is suitable for a date but equally appropriate for a birthday celebration or a business lunch. You can tour the kitchen to learn more about the beef you’ll be eating.

Service
The service is formal yet friendly. All the waiters know the menu well and have excellent training.

And…
If you fancy a group experience, book the Beef Experience or Beef Appreciation session, which are done in a private dining room. Look forward to comparative beef tasting and demonstrations in the kitchen on the Weber grill and the Himalayan salt block. Book well in advance.

(August 2018)

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  • Kate Liquorish

    Food

    They serve a glorious range of grain- and grass-fed steaks that are both wet- and dry-aged on-site and, for those a little muddled, their proficient waiters are well-versed in the art of educating customers on all things bovine.

    For starters, there’s a balanced selection of both fish and meat dishes. Recommendations include fresh oysters, lemon-butter grilled calamari, crispy prawn and feta spring rolls.

    The portions here are generous. In fact, if you have a small appetite, the beef cheek starter would suffice as a main. The beef cheeks are deliciously tender and the ragu immensely rich and flavourful, all served on a bed of fluffy mashed potato.

    The kudu platter is a great option for those wanting a taste of South African game. It consists of kudu carpaccio and salami with a beetroot compote, dill pickle and rocket. The marrow bones are perfection. Some restaurants get them so wrong, but here they’re always flavourful, buttery and moreish.

    For mains you’ll find it difficult to veer away from their steak selection. They have specials boards that detail the number of days each cut has been aged so you can find your perfect match. T-bone, fillet, ribeye, fillet on the bone, sirloin, sirloin on the bone – they have it all. The 500g wet-aged grain-fed rump is perfect for sharing and is absolutely superb. Do get it with a portion of their irresistibly crispy hand-cut fries and the delectable polenta and cumin-crusted onion rings.

    They also offer tasting platters if you’re in the mood to compare. If you’re determined to try something different then the slow-braised oxtail in red wine and the pork ribs with a lemon-herb butter or a honey-soya basting come highly recommended.

    For dessert it’s a toss-up between the warm chocolate brownie with vanilla ice-cream, the malva pudding with crème Anglaise and the assortment of homemade ice-creams.

    Drinks

    The wine list is exciting and diverse, with wonderful options to suit every price tag, but very little variety in the way of options by the glass – absolutely nothing in terms of higher-end whites or reds by the glass. The lovely selection of craft beers includes CBC, Loxton, Storm Rider, Agar’s Brewery and Woodstock Brewery. There's also a selection of classic cocktails.

    Service
    You receive a warm welcome and a great introduction after being seated. Do be smart about where you’re seated. Diners near the outside door may be accosted by smoke coming from a Weber cooking demonstration. After being moved, our table was sadly forgotten, though. An extraordinarily long wait for the meal causes an apology from management when the bill comes, but more attention to detail is definitely needed here.

    Ambience
    Wonderfully warm and cosy, unpretentious and to the point. But, as mentioned, the Weber cooking demonstration should be rethought as the interior filling with smoke is not acceptable at such a renowned establishment.

    (September 2017)

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  • Rupesh Kassen

    Food
    You are guaranteed an award-winning meal at the Local Grill. As the name indicates, their focus is on a great range of grilled and well-prepared meats, from tender beef cheeks, carpaccio and bone marrow on the starter menu, to a variety of steak cuts as mains.

    With a meaty affair ahead, start your meal with the prawn or bobotie spring rolls, smoked salmon on corn blinis or the herb-brushed calamari heads. Alternatively, the venison skewers with cranberry jelly or a bowl of their homemade biltong will whet your appetite.

    The star of this show is their Bull and Bush free-range beef and not far behind, for the more cost conscious, the grain beef from Beefmaster. The aged sirloin on the bone, seasoned with their homemade-spiced rub, has a pronounced charred note and a rich aroma of properly aged beef. The rolled pork is superb – as promised it was a tender treat, served with poached apples and a delicious curried quince sauce.

    Being a neighbourhood restaurant, kids are not forgotten and have a dedicated menu. Choices from sticky honey ribs, crumbed chicken breast, 150g steak, and ice cream & bar-one sauce will make them customers for life. Round off the dining experience with their version of a classic milk tar: milky custard on a feather-light base topped with lemon zest, a welcome twist to the traditional cinnamon.

    Drinks
    The wine list has a well-appointed selection of small farms, including some local favourites. They also stock my favourite, Tamboerskloof shiraz – spicy and well-balanced, it's the perfect partner to a steak.

    Service
    The service is professional but somewhat pedestrian. Waiters follow the process seamlessly but could benefit from engaging with customers to enhance the experience.

    Ambience
    The warm and inviting interior with parquet floors, soft lighting, and white tablecloths set the mood for a relaxed or romantic evening. The restaurant is situated in the heart of Parktown North’s bustling food district, which makes the outdoor balcony perfect for a bit of people-watching. They also offer a Weber grill course with a private dining room and kitchen, making it the perfect place for a special occasion or corporate event.

    And...
    Cape Town fans delight: the Local Grill now boasts a location in the Cape, situated at the Val Du Charron & Olive Estate.

    (September 2016)

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User reviews

  • This my go to place for anything meaty! The food at The Local Grill is phenomenal. I've visited on many occasions and the one thing I love, is that the food is ALWAYS consistently great! They certainly are specialists in the industry and their passion is evident in the meals they serve. They have a great selection of wines and drinks. The service has also been superb on every occasion. The Local Grill is without a doubt my very favourite steakhouse!
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  • It’s little wonder that every INTERNAT10NAL touring sports team eats at Local Grill From the minute you walk in the door you are made to feel at home. Superb select of wine and without a doubt the best selection of beer on tap ( especially as I enjoy the Belgium hops ) The waiters are so friendly efficient and their recommendations are spot on( it’s not always the most expensive item that necessarily the best choice ) I highly recommend the kitchen tour and you certainly feel all the meat wiser after . Whilst I digress the business end is the sumptuous steak and sides .. day aged cuts served with mind blowing sides . Local Grill is all about real value real people and a really damm good time for the whole family . It just keeps me going back time and time again and that’s no BULL.
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  • Easily the best place to get a great steak in South Africa! I am never disappointed when I eat here and have eaten many times. The best part of the experience is that when you order a steak that is all that arrives on the plate with all the other items on the side (the way it should be). I usually ask the waiter what is good and go with that. You can see the passion behind the restaurant in the food that is served.
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  • Outstanding
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  • Great steak, kitchen and meat cold room tour very worthwhile. Worth the steepish prices.
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  • This is one of those OG steak houses. The minute you step in you want to luxuriate in the old world charm replete with starched napkins and well dressed wait staff. You should order one thing only - steak. They know what they're doing here. Like all OG steak houses, steaks are served alone and sauces, etc are optional/additional. This place is worth the splurge.
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  • Local Grill is everything you've ever wanted as a world class steak house It's all about serving you the finest day aged cuts of meat with delicious sides The choice between grass feed and grain feed beef is up to you ? Every time you go back there is something new on the menu... I recently experienced the finest grass fed T bone steak that I've ever tasted in my life ..68days aged .. it literally melted in my mouth The hosts are always super attentive and this rubs off on the waiters and staff No wonder every visiting international sports team visits Local Grill Paying homAge .. great tastes and well priced you'll go far to compare I guess to be chosen as best steak house in South Africa .. 6times.. says it all I know where I'll be eating again tonight
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  • A lovely restaurant that specializes in very good quality meat.
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  • Everything at The Local Grill is done with passion. The owners made it their mission to serve the best beef in South Africa and in my view this is what they have achieved. There is nothing more satisfying to me than tucking into a perfect steak and the steaks I have tasted here, live on in my memory. They age their beef in their own state-of-the-art aging room on site and every new customer is invited in to inspect the produce. Don't miss the opportunity! The staff live up to the "Local" label and are thoroughly welcoming and very knowledgeable. Basically, after a lifelong pursuit of the best steak, this is still the best steak I have managed to get my hands on.
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  • The Local Grill is definitely the best restaurant in JHB! My wife and I have eaten at most of the top restaurants in JHB, but we keep coming back here as our choice of regular place to eat out cos simply put is has the best steak, personalized service and a warm viby atmosphere. We have only had great meals and experiences at The Local Grill.
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  • What a great evening. Good food , good company , good conversation, good memories!!! Thank you all at the local grill for making special moments . #localgrill
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  • Great food and a good selection of wines which was accompanied by a personal tour of the kitchen by one of the chefs. We saw how they prepare the steaks and which cuts we could have, which was a great way to know what to order. Will definitely be back!
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
  • Fireplace
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
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  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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