Thundergun is one of the original steak houses of Johannesburg, and has been serving local families and generations of hungry people with rugby-player portions of ribs, steak, eisbein and carvery roasts practically unchanged for 50 years. The cosy pub – with its own menu of traditional pub grub – takes the hardship out of waiting for a table on busy no-bookings Friday and Saturday nights.
The burgers are robust, with thick onion slices, tomato, gherkins and creamy sauce in a plump bun. The bacon-and-avo burger is juicy and particularly generous, with two slices of back bacon and half an avocado topping. The ribs dwarf their serving platters and are revered by connoisseurs. Steaks come in weights of 200g up to a whopping 800g. They’re served with crispy fried onion, thick-cut chips, baked potato or vegetables of the day such as pumpkin and creamed spinach, and you have the choice of several steak sauces such as monkeygland or jalapeño. Vegetarians finding themselves in this meatlover’s paradise can opt for a substantial vegetable-laden platter with baked potato and halloumi. Desserts are old school 60s favourites: warm cherries with port, chocolate mousse, banana pancakes and crème caramel.
Mainstream beers, ciders and draughts, a serviceable but basic selection of wines by the glass, as well as a 60s throwback variety of liqueur-laden Dom Pedros and coffees.
A bit slow from the grill during peak hours, but staff members are welcoming and practiced.
Jovial, packed and noisy, with wood panelling, an impressive chalkboard art menu, and a cowboy theme. It has expanded over the years and now comprises three rooms as well as an awning-protected outdoor terrace with bench seating.
Family Sunday lunches, boys’ nights, and before and after the game.
I have not been for awhile, but my last visit was just me, by myself. I had a vanilla milkshake and a burger with pepper sauce. I always order my chips with NO spices as most places have spices which come from one of the four major spice suppliers and they are packed with stacks of chemicals from free-flow agents to anti caking agents (sometimes both) mostly 5 or 6 chemicals, so I order without spices and just add salt. Some place I know have Mrs Balls, then I ask for that. The atmosphere was great, staff always available to bring you what you ask for and full of the Fridays joys they were. So all in all I had a great time. Definitely time to go have lunch again.
At the Thunder Gun you actually get your steak the way you want it. If it's not done right, they'll re-grill it to perfection. The carmalization is perfect and the steaks dont really need a sauce.
Prices are perfect and no fancy uptown costs here.