Alan Pick’s mother, Fay, was South Africa’s first woman butcher. In the 1940’s, she married Dave and in 1948 Alan Pick was born. The family operated Kalk Bay Butchery. After an illustrious career in the restaurant business, Alan identified the site for The Butcher Shop & Grill at Sandton Square in 1994. The innovative walk-up butchery, where customers can walk up to the counter and select their own cut of meat carries the Pick legacy in both Johannesburg and Cape Town.
A friend selected the creamiest chicken liver starter and I immediately felt order envy. Another ordered a game carpaccio starter that was stylishly presented and tasted delicious. The lunch menu offers a series of dishes priced at R135 and below, one of which, the Lamb Pita was so fragrant that it reflected the freshness and quality of the meat. The piece de resistance were the pork chops in black pepper, perfectly grilled, unimaginably succulent. For dessert, a South African favourite, malva pudding dances to-to-toe with Eastern-European and Middle-Eastern, halva ice-cream.
The wine list is extensive, there are two wine cellars on site, as well as access to a selection of exclusive Cape Winemakers Guild auction wines. Delaire Graff Shiraz 2016 paired perfectly with our meat, although a host of beers, coffee, whisky and non-alcoholic beverages are available.
Mouille Point’s prime promenade position receives generous sunlight. This warmth is matched by the hospitality of the team. From an invitation to select a wine in the cellar, or to easily cater to a table of eight and a friendly wave from the barman, service is a cut above.
The modern building can be quite intimidating, however, the Mouille Point promenade, crisp, white table cloths, hanging cuts of meat, plush seats and delicious food are all delightfully inviting.
A cut of meat that feels as though it was selected with you in mind.
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