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Thunder Gun Steakhouse & Pub

Thunder Gun Steakhouse & Pub
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Cost
R170 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Kids, Quick meals
Food
Steak
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R45

Critic's review

Paddi Clay

 

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.

Food
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.

Drinks
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.

Service
A bit slow from the grill during peak hours, but staff members are welcoming and practiced.

Ambience
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.

Best for
Family Sunday lunches, boys’ nights, and before and after the game.

(2018)

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User reviews

  • We always enjoy their burgers as it is prepared in the exact way we have ordered them,my fave sauces is their mushroom sauce -a generous serving and a decent sized patty that actually tastes like meat,yummy.arrive early as the queues can get to long
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  • We go to this restaurant for a treat, and have not been dissapointed ,we order their famous ribs or saucy burgers-my favorite.Their steaks are prepared exactly as your requested along with divine sauces,highly recommended and been in existence for years,therefore arrive early to avoid long queues
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  • Small and cosy with fantastic food, friendly staff and a place where family and friends can meet for a delicious meal
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  • Always excellent food and service
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  • Old faithful, the local legend!
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Facilities

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

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