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.
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.
The service is professional but somewhat pedestrian. Waiters follow the process seamlessly but could benefit from engaging with customers to enhance the experience.
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.
Cape Town fans delight: the Local Grill now boasts a location in the Cape, situated at the Val Du Charron & Olive Estate.
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