Carbon Bistro was inspired by careful attention to what it means when referring to good food, good service and an overall sense of "What an Experience". They are a modest elegant bistro nestled in the heart of Brooklyn and at Carbon Bistro they are particularly focused on bringing back the core values of what it means to be a restaurant. They will forever endeavor to provide ever welcome guests with only the best that is on offer from beginning to end.
The menu has a meat-forward focus and they pride ourselves on using unique cuts of beef as well as origin-based cuts like our prized Australian Wagyu beef. We use different styles of preparation such as smoking, braising, roasting and char-grilling.
We’ve had dinner here three times and each has been an incredible treat! The staff are knowledgeable, friendly and attentive and the food is superb. I’ll need to apply for my “Gin Passport” - what a selection!
What I loved: service - absolutely superb! And the very focused menu, it doesn't try to be all things to all people.
What I liked: the food and plating was good, but not mind blowing. I had the beef ribs with a sticky blueberry sauce. The meat was tender but the sauce, while sweet and sticky, barely had much of a blueberry flavour. I had this with the roast root vegetables which were incredible! The chocolate mousse dessert was mostly forgettable, but the honeycomb was a delight.
What I disliked: the price. Our bill for two was around R600 and that excluded alcohol (but included their tonic drinks) and any starters or appetisers.
Generally, it's a decent experience if you enjoy red meat, but I'm not in a hurry to return.
Possibly the best fillet on the bone I've had; tender, juicy and cooked to perfection. And accompanied by a wide selection of craft gins. Can't beat it.
As a carnivore and food lover of note, we are fortunate to visit many different eateries in the course of a month, and when holidaying we eat out daily, and at times we do so for weeks on end. And now I have a confession to make, I suspect I might have discovered one of Pretoria best kept secrets; Carbon Bistro.
Bravely nestled between a few of Pretoria’s mainstay eateries that have been serving Pretoria for many years, Carbon stands proud and firm as it fights to establish its place as one of Pretoria best. As a relatively new kid on the block, Carbon’s owners are innovative and pro-active in their quest to usurp the current top dogs; these guys are hungry and committed and ensure every visit to their classy establishment is a memorable one. Their passion for excellent dining is obvious and they cater for most budgets and appetites, especially for carnivores like me and even the ‘unfortunate’ Vegan has a fine place at the table. We just keep going back for more, be it a quick burger, steak, a delicious gin from the massive Gin collection, or a sorbet beetroot starter dish that should not work but defies logic and just does! Having eaten magnificent steaks at some of SA’s best restaurants, I keep rating Carbons as possibly the best ....perhaps even better than Hussars, the Butchers Grill or the Butcher Man in Cape Town, and these guys are established steak specialists...So that’s a huge accolade for Carbon, and well deserved for such a fledgling establishment.
If you have not yet visited Carbon, do yourself a favour and just do it! Take your partner and spoil them...You will establish much relationship ‘credit’, and your taste buds will be applauding you for weeks, but be warned...you will be back! The ambience and decor is classy yet relaxing, they have wine evenings that are fun, tasty and informative, and our firm favourite, their recently renowned Gin Bar is not to be missed. Be sure to ask for a ‘Ginifer’, a ‘lekker’ Craft Gin that just keeps falling down your throat until you are forced to abandon your vehicle and Uber home. They also have an extensive Craft Beer selection that holds little interest to me as I am not a beer drinker, but apparently Craft Beer is very trendy and Carbon has this well covered as with everything else.
These guys get 9 out of 10 from me simply because I need to keep believing that I am still to discover the perfect place to eat!
A hidden gem! The unassuming exterior hides the treasures within. A fantastic place to chill and enjoy wonderful Gin (such a vast selection that you will be coming back just to try more), sublime food and excellent service.
My favourite part of this restaurant, is the friendliness of all their staff. The hands on approach from management and the all round experience.
Craft beer, craft Gin, brilliant wine selection are just a small part of what is to offer. The food in this restaurant is truly something you don't find everywhere. They cater for all diners - and each dish is served with attention to detail.
Well worth a visit, and another and another