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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

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)

    Eat Out reviewers dine anonymously and pay for their meals in full. Click here to read our editorial policy.

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User reviews

  • 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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  • My boyfriend took me here a little while ago. The food was amazing, the service was excellent, the staff were friendly. We were taken on a kitchen tour and showed all the different types of meat, the cuts and told the difference. Would recommend to everyone. 5/5!
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Facilities

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

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