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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
Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R50 if the wine is not listed on the menu, otherwise R100

Critic's review

Siphiwe Mphe

Food
If you are unfortunate enough to regularly attend those tiresome kid’s birthday parties – and eat - at the place where the staff make a right spectacle of the Happy Birthday song, you will praise the gods after your meal at The Local Grill. For 16 years, the 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.

Kitchens are important and the fact that one can tour this one and hear the beef story is not only a nice touch and popular, but great for transparency and peace of mind for clean freaks, like my companion.

There are starters for varied palettes, our recommendation being the Smoked Salmon served with Avocado and capers, or if you want to make it a total meat fest, the Venison skewer, which is 'rubbed, grilled and served on a bed of rocket, drizzled with cranberry port jus.’. Amen.

She had the juicy 500g Sirloin on the bone - with added bone marrow – perfectly medium rare, with mustard sauce.
I went for Sausage feast, with boerewors, Persian lamb sausages and venison wors. Served with tomato pepper relish and pap (you can also have mash). All the sausages were juicy and flavourful, with the robust venison a stand out. Just as well, because I would have been upset that I decided against the pork ribs, brushed with herb butter or basted with honey soya.
I was shocked to come across a Vegan option, but there it was, a Cous Cous and Vegetable medley, with seasonal vegetables and a tomato pepper relish.

Prepare to spend over R 500 for two. That is with two courses and nominal drinks.
If you fancy a group experience, you can book the Beef Experience or Beef Appreciation session, in a private dining room. Look forward to comparative beef tasting and demonstrations in their kitchen using their Weber grill, and the Himalayan salt they cook the meat on. Book well in advance.

An extensive dessert selection from ice cream (three scoops of vanilla topped with a bar one sauce) and home made chocolate brownies, to Bread and butter AND Malva pudding.

Ambiance
The mood is versatile, and because of the size of the space and delineated areas, is suitable for a date, while equally appropriate for a birthday celebration or a schmooze business lunch.

Service
The service is friendly, in a formal, gentlemanly manner. All the waiters know the menu well and have excellent training.

Drinks
As one would expect from an establishment centred on quality beef, their proactive wine selection process - valuing boutique wine farms and patron feedback – is exhaustive and as, ahem, fluid as their finest Pinot Noir. Only the tried and tested survive the quarterly swing of the sommelier’s sword, chopping away from the ‘living list’ those wines deemed by the clientele to be unworthy.
If the only companion you can imagine for your bloody steak is a robust red, then you are 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, right up to Moët and Veuve for just under R1500.

Best for...
Some of the best meat you'll ever have.

(2018)

Eat Out critics dine anonymously and pay for their meals in full. Read our editorial policy here.

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  • Siphiwe Mpye

     

    Food
    If you are unfortunate enough to regularly attend tiresome kid’s birthday parties – and eat - at the place where the staff make a right spectacle of the Happy Birthday song, you will praise the gods after your meal at The Local Grill. For 16 years, the 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.

    The fact that you can tour the kitchen and hear the beef’s story is not only a nice touch and popular, but great for transparency and peace of mind.

    The smoked salmon with avocado and capers is a recommended startrt, or, if you want to make it a total meat fest, the venison skewer, which is 'rubbed, grilled and served on a bed of rocket, and drizzled with cranberry port jus’. Amen.

    The juicy 500g sirloin on the bone - with added bone marrow – is done perfectly medium rare, with mustard sauce. The sausage feast, with boerewors, Persian lamb sausages and venison wors comes served with tomato-pepper relish and pap (you can also have mash). All the sausages are flavourful, with the robust venison a stand out. Just as well, because otherwise you might be upset at not choosing the pork ribs, brushed with herb butter or basted with honey soya. You might be shocked to come across a vegan option, but there it is: a couscous-and-vegetable medley, with seasonal vegetables and tomato-pepper relish.

    Prepare to spend over R 500 for two. That is with two courses and nominal drinks. If you fancy a group experience, you can book the Beef Experience or Beef Appreciation session, in a private dining room. Look forward to comparative beef tasting and demonstrations in their kitchen using their Weber grill, and the Himalayan salt they cook the meat on. Book well in advance.

    An extensive dessert selection ranges from ice cream (three scoops of vanilla topped with Bar-One sauce) and home-made chocolate brownies, to bread-and-butter and malva pudding.

    Drinks
    The proactive wine selection process here is exhaustive. Only the tried and tested survive the quarterly swing of the sommelier’s sword, chopping away from the ‘living list’ those wines deemed by the clientele to be unworthy. If the only companion you can imagine for your bloody steak is a robust red, then you are looking at between R250 and R470, but, for just under a grand, you could opt for one of the nine Bordeaux Blends. The bubbly straddles decent local, right up to Moët and Veuve for just under R1500.

    Service
    Friendly, in a formal, gentlemanly manner. All the waiters know the menu well and have excellent training.

    Ambience
    The mood is versatile, and because of the size of the space and delineated areas, is suitable for a date, while equally appropriate for a birthday celebration or a schmooze business lunch.

    (2018)

    Eat Out critics dine unannounced and pay their way in full. Read our editorial policy.  

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  • 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)

    Eat Out critics dine anonymously and pay for their meals in full. Read our editorial policy here.

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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)

    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

  • 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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