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Wombles Steakhouse Restaurant

Wombles Steakhouse Restaurant
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Cost
R220 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Kids, Quick meals
Food
Fine-dining food, Steak
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R100 for 2 bottles maximum

Critic's review

Anna Montali

Food

The menu re-unites old fans with the famous beef stroganoff, steak tartare made with beef fillet and a touch of cognac, and gorgeous duck confit.

On arrival you are presented with a trio of butters, anchovy, garlic and plain, together with freshly baked home-made rolls. Start with marrow bones on toast. Progress to the trio of partially deboned quails. The quails are lightly chargrilled with olive oil and lemon juice, and really juicy.

Else opt for the roasted springbok shanks served in a savoury green peppercorn sauce with stewed fruit. The meat literally falls off the bone.

The steak tartar is an entertaining spectacle and is made up for you at the table.

Finish your memorable meal with lemon meringue ice cream and the crepe Suzettes, simmered in fresh orange and Cointreau.

Drinks

A very impressive wine selection, especially if you are in the mood to spoil yourself. There is also large selection of cigars paired with a delicious selection of imported cognacs.

Service

Silver service at its best. Banqueting waiters are very professional and traditional. They will only take your order once you have closed your menu.

Ambience

With its old-world grace and a touch of colonial style, this restaurant embraces the safari lodge look, complete with outdoor fires and lounges, trophy heads, ferns and other such memorabilia.

And…

There is a minimum charge of R300 per head and booking is essential.

(September 2017)

Eat Out critics dine unannounced and pay for their meals in full.

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  • Kate Liquorish

    Food
    Owners and management team Yvette and Duncan Barker, along with their executive chef of 27 years, Nesberth Nhambura, run a tight ship. Together with their team of dedicated staff, they have devoted themselves to finite detail; creating an upmarket dining experience that celebrates the finer things in life. They recently closed the beautiful wrought iron gates to their Parktown North establishment to open an even more luxurious and considerably more sizeable Wombles Restaurant in Bryanston.

    At Wombles you can expect a showcase of the best of what Southern Africa has to offer, with an emphasis on superb, quality beef and venison. The menu is a classic affair; they’re not interested in foams or deconstructions, but prefer to keep things simple and, in so doing, aim for perfection in that simplicity.

    To start you’ll find a wonderful array of traditional, French classics with a South African overtone; the duck-liver pâté, presented in pretty quenelles and served alongside black cherries and toast, is the epitome of decadence. The fresh oysters are always meticulously shucked and served on a bowl of ice, and the escargot and avocado Ritz are just as they should be.

    You won’t find many people ordering anything but steak for their main, although they do offer a fine range of other delectable dishes including their springbok shanks in a green-peppercorn sauce with stewed fruits and their famous steak tartare: fillet seasoned with fresh herbs, Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce, cognac and olive oil and served with all the trimmings.

    The steak selection includes the usual suspects: fillet, rump, sirloin, T-bone and prime rib, but there are always speciality steaks on the specials menu, including a succulent fillet on the bone and rib-eye, when available. The rump steak and the fillet on the bone are outlandishly good – succulent, tender and flavourful. The steaks vary from 200g to 1kg, and I would warn those who don’t think they can finish a 350g or 500g steak that they’ll most likely surprise themselves.

    The chefs pride themselves in cooking every steak to perfection and will go as far as asking which side of medium-rare you’d prefer: the bloody side or just the rarer side of pink…and you can be guaranteed they’ll get it just right every time.

    Each main is served with an assortment of complimentary vegetables including roasted baby onions, garden peas and a pumpkin mash, which your waiter will serve you in silver service fashion - a lovely touch.

    The desserts take us back to the old classics once more with crème brûlée, crème caramel and crêpe Suzette being among the favourites. However, the rosewater ice cream, filled with Turkish delight, nougat, chocolate, rose petals and topped with a raspberry sauce is just enchanting.

    Drinks
    It’s an extensive and all encapsulating list with something for everyone and, if you’re in the mood to spoil, it’s simply fantastic! The reds are in the range of R190 to over R1000 for your serious winos; expect to find Ernie Els and Iona alongside heavyweights like Idiom and De Toren.

    Service
    Superb. Doors are opened for you, chairs pulled out, napkins laid on laps and wine glasses constantly refilled. The staff are polite and congenial and more than happy to go the extra mile. Yvette keeps a constant eye on the floor and visits each and every table at least twice during the evening to ensure all of her customers have everything they need.

    Ambience
    The décor is just sensational. Styled as an ode to the stunning colonial, African-safari-lodges of old with maroon walls decorated with trophy heads, pictures of flora, fauna and wildlife, candelabras at every turn, ferns and orchids bringing life to each corner and the most sumptuous of chairs – it’s an absolute marvel. There are also fire pits outside surrounded by chairs and a bar so enticing it almost begs you to stay for one last drink.

    And…

    There is a minimum charge of R300 per person.

    (September 2016)

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User reviews

  • Oid school, colonial. Very friendly reception, knowledgeable maitre’d. Great winelist with excellent by the glass choice. Starters were below par: goats cheese mousse (warm!) tasteless, home-made tomato and basil soup disappointing. My son had the biggest burger we’ve ever seen, overkill in my opinion. My wife’s salmon overdone but very tasty. Again rude portions of thick-cut fries. My (chef’s choice) fillet on the bone was perfect, not the porcini and bone marrow sauce though, slightly chemical taste with lashings of soup powder I suspect. All in all an enjoyable lunch on a cold and miserable day.
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  • There is literally NOTHING that I can say to justify every single meal that we have had at Wombles, from the moment you enter you are treated like royalty. The sirloin on the bone is a definite must!
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  • There is absolutely NOTHING that can be faulted about any of our dining experiences at Wombles! You truly get what you pay for. Whether you want to have a nice meal with the family, be it a special occasion or you want to wow overseas guests - you simply cannot go wrong with Wombles.
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  • Very nice restaurant Service, food and ambience (place and people) are very good Price is ok
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  • I came to Wombles for lunch with some colleagues. We were seated at a large round table somewhere near the back of the restaurant. The first thing that put me off a bit was how difficult it was for us to get in and out of our seats and the chairs are really heavy and clunky. However, everything else was really quite lovely. We had some nice wine, the waiters were very attentive to ensure that we were well looked after. Some of my colleagues had starters: King Prawn special, Carpaccio, Snails... everyone seemed delighted with their starters. I had a bite of the carpaccio and found that it was heavily smoked, which isn't quite what one would expect from a carpaccio. As for mains, I had the Fillet on the bone with bone marrow and porcini mushrooms with chips... yum yum and yum! They cooked my steak to perfection and the bone marrow with the mushroom combination was just a match made in heaven. Most of us had that for a main course. A few had the sole which was also apparently very pleasant. One thing that I loved is that they serve vegetables silver service style. So the table gets some peas, onions and butternut mash. Really delicious, but I struggled to finish my food despite not even having had starter - the portion was massive. A few folks had dessert in the form of chocolate mousse and ice cream that I think was about as good as everything else. Overall, Food was definitely the winner. Service was great, they were maybe a little too attentive at times - they took away my plate that still had a large amount of food on it without asking if I wanted to take the rest home with me (I was upset because they did it so discretely I didn't even notice them take it away). The ambience of the place is a little off, a bit old in terms of decor - this offers it's own charm though and I feel that there was music lacking. But I'll definitely go back for a special occasion to treat my husband to a delicious steak... just be aware that it is a pricey outing.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Cocktails
  • Dress code
  • Fireplace
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Parking
  • Smoking
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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