The food sticks to a tried and tested formula wherein high-quality ingredients are treated with respect and prepared simply. The ethically sourced meat (supplied by Ryan Boon) is used in dishes that uphold the meat’s integrity. For starters you can look forward to delightfully uncomplicated chicken tortellini in a clear broth, dotted with mushrooms and finely shredded kale. If you’re looking for something less virtuous, opt for the parmesan bon bons – deep-fried parmesan croquettes in a hearty mushroom ragout that you won’t be able to get out of your mind.
For mains, a steak has to be the order of the day if you’re a meat-eater, and the bone-in rib-eye certainly doesn’t disappoint. Basted in a sauce lovingly reminiscent of the steakhouses you frequented as a child, the meat is crusty and charred on the outside yet meltingly marbled on the inside. You have a choice of classic sauces – béarnaise, red wine, bordelaise or pepper – to go with your meat. The bearnaise is fantastically creamy and the pepper, with its use of green pepper, is bright and spiced. The thick-cut fries are also a welcome accompaniment, especially when used to mop up the remaining sauce.
Offerings of chocolate torte and lemon tart will tempt you into ordering dessert.
The wine list is long and well-priced but are only available by the bottle. If you’re after a glass, you’re limited to a disappointingly limited selection of red, white or rosé from Lord Somerset. It’s a little annoying, as the full list is exciting, but the by-the-glass options make for fairly easy drinking. There’s also a neat list of cocktails and beers.
The service is warm and welcoming, but I would have liked to have been talked through the menu in better detail upon arrival. This aside, all questions are well-answered and the food comes out swiftly. That the owners are there on the floor, ensuring everyone is happy and taken care of, adds a familial feel to the experience.
The Palms is a daytime shopping centre, and is therefore very empty at night. However, Bones seems to thrive on it – you immediately feel relaxed and settled. While this isn’t the restaurant for a jol, it’s certainly a space where you can have a delicious, quiet meal with someone you love.
Quiet family dinners or date night.
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This is a fantastic restaurant, right on the cutting edge of a trend known as the Great Regression, actually a move towards a retro palate, that is, food with a respect for the integrity of ingredients cooked for flavour as opposed to effect. These guys understand that great cooking always adheres to basic principles. It ignores those irritating fads like purees, mousse, gels and 'soils'.it proudly proclaims that a simple cut of meat, roasted or broiled with respect for the integrity of the dish can yield the most satisfying results. It really starts with proper expertise in the kitchen, something that is lacking in the vast majority of restaurants. Try it, it won't disappoint.
Went to Bones for lunch during the week. The centre was dead and we were one of two tables in the restaurant.
The service was average. I choose the pork belly which was voted the best dish out of the 8 ordered with the burger being the worst.
Not sure what the hype is about this restaurant.
It is not a family restaurant and not fine dining either. Hard to define and feel no need to ever go back as there are plenty of restaurants that are far better
Having called Bones Kitchen & Bar to check about their LoadShedding, and discovered it was 20:00:22:30. (How the hell can any restaurant survive this?) I was disappointed and chose to consider another day. However, within a very few minutes the memory of the sublime Pork Belly had me calling back for an early reservation.
The welcome from the owners was warm as previously (able to smile under such stresses).
So an aperitif of Hendricks GnT’s and ordered the Parmesan BonBons and Brodo, tortellini, Mains of course Pork Belly and a ribeye steak cooked to perfection. All beautifully presented.
Didn’t feel rushed even though the lights will be going off, enjoying a view of Devils Peak/Table Mountain as we finish off a lovely Sauvignon Blanc. Doubtful that we’ll be able to squeeze in a desert, but I’m also glad to see that there are many patrons that want to experience this little gem in Woodstock and are willing to eat early.
A newly opened restaurant in the Palms centre and I would definitely recommend! Husband and I went for dinner- service is very attentive and friendly from everyone. Feels like you are being served at their home.
Menu makes for an interesting read- we shared the parmesan bon-bons (must try) and I had a hot buttered rum cocktail that feels inspired by Harry Potter’s butter beer! For mains- the pork belly and fillet with fries. Exceptionally well cooked.
Ambience- nicely designed space but the acoustics are an issue. Hope they will be very successful for years to come.
Food was awesome. This could easily become my regular go to place.