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Thunder Gun Steakhouse & Pub

Thunder Gun Steakhouse & Pub
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  • Phone Number 011 678 7224
  • Location Shop 5, Palala Centre, Beyers Naude, Northcliff
  • email paul@thundergun.co.za
  • Website URL www.thundergun.co.za
  • Opening Hours

    Lunch: Monday to Sunday 11.30am to 3pm

    Dinner: Monday to Friday; Saturday; Sunday 5.30pm to 9.30pm; 5.30pm to 10.30pm;5.30pm to 8.30pm

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Cost
R170
Ambience
Comfy & casual, Family friendly
Food
Steak
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Echbert Boezak

Food
The owners have come up with a winning recipe and they are sticking to it. The star of the show is undoubtedly their enormous ribs, and locals swear by it. The ‘Lone Ranger’ is a whopping kilogram of delicious pork ribs, enough to share, and you have the option of Portuguese basting or the original with barbecue basting. But there is enough variety on the menu to satisfy any carnivore. The steaks are also excellent; the sirloin rubbed with mustard seed, rosemary and coarse salt is something special, and for those who like to spice things up, try the jalapeño fillet. There are also some decent seafood offerings, and the odd vegetarian meal. And finish off with Eton Mess when available, or the Peppermint Crisp sundae.

Drinks
An affordable wine list with selected beers on tap.

Service
Friendly and efficient without being overbearing.

Ambience
Unpretentious but very relaxed. The vibe is family friendly, and it’s the perfect spot for watching sport while having a burger and beer.

And…
Come early on weekends, as parking tends to be limited.

(October 2015)

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  • Nothing much has changed over the years here; the old-school menu honours steakhouse classics. For a bit of nostalgia and a walk down memory lane it’s perfect. Stop by for a mid-week dinner of pork ribs or any of the grills. (EO mag 2014)
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    Big Gun’s tasty burgers represent good value for money, and there is a range of them such as the Monkey Gun or the hot Vaguero Gun. For those who do not buy into the cult of the burger, chicken spinach cordon bleu may be an option, but this is essentially a meat restaurant. For meat-eaters, sirloin with a coarse mustard seed and rosemary rub should do nicely, while T-bones come in mini, super or mega sizes. If you opt not to have the sweet basting sauce on your meat, be warned that ribs will come unadorned – just the side of ribs, nothing else. Desserts are limited, but for something sweet to end the meal a range of dom pedros may suffice.

    Wine
    The list straddles a great divide with some aplomb: apart from two MCCs (Pongracz and Graham Beck) and Pierre Jourdan Tranquille, the wine list also features Kupferberger Auslese.

    Service
    The concept of ‘instant service’ is given new meaning here, to the extent that it may appear slightly overeager, but service staff are neatly dressed, friendly and courteous.

    Ambience
    Dark green upholstery and walls combined with red stained wood contribute to a classic saloon atmosphere. There is a section at the entrance of the restaurant with large wooden tables and benches to watch the latest sports game on big screens.

    And...
    For those who choose to forego burgers or ribs, the Carvery Chuckwagon offers beef, pork and lamb cuts with vegetables, roast potatoes and gravy. And those wishing to trip down memory lane, the peppermint crisp sundae should not disappoint. (HF, October 2012)

User reviews

  • 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.
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  • 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. Alida
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  • It was my first time in your restuarant food was exelent the atmopher was also good the waiter is n bit slow there is also no advertisment about the shop I found out vis my wife boss then my said she feel like n proper chargrill steak if it wast for him we would never new about the place
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  • Thunder Gun is a steakhouse in the good old traditional South African style of steakhouses - i.e. not tainted by death-by-franchise (Founders' Grill anyone?) or afflicted by trendy menus or designer decor. If you want excellent steak or ribs accompanied by great chips and some of the best onion rings in Jozi, this is the place. The starters and desserts are quite ordinary, but that's not why people come here. You can always have a Dom Pedro if you're desperate!

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  • I think the kitchen needs to be inspected by the health department. Maybe it needs to be revamped if it has been there since the sixties. Going to have to miss a day's work. An extremely expensive outing.

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  • The is one those old dependable steak-houses we used to frequent as kids. An old stalwart that never disappoints with a great family restaurant feel to it with no frills.
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Menu

Set menu - Available on website

Facilities

  • Alfresco
  • Child friendly
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Parking
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian

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