This meat palace has been wowing carnivores for years, and still maintains its impeccable standards.
There are few places in Cape Town that serve meat of the variety and quality that Italian chef/patron Giorgio Nava provides at the various incarnations of his Carne brand. This is the original, and still very popular. Don’t get too distracted by the treasures on offer on the Dalle Griglia section of the menu; there are some consummately assembled antipasti that need attention. The trio of beef tartare, served with briny anchovies and a sparkling salsa verde is a very tasty gateway to what’s coming. Or perhaps start more simply with a caprese salad, distinguished by the creamy excellence of the burrata mozzarella. Another standout favourite is the ravioli of lamb shoulder served with sage butter, the flavour of the Karoo lamb lifted by the charry sauce. The better known cuts like fillet, rump and sirloin are impeccably hung and prepared, but are pricy. You get the same flavour and juicy tenderness from less well-known and less expensive cuts like spider and hangar steaks. Don’t bother with a sauce; the meat doesn’t need it. If you must have a side, the thin cut frites and sautéed spinach are perfect accompaniments. If there’s room after the last meaty mouthful, the chocolate fondant oozes decadent richness.
The wine list is extensive and carefully curated, with a good selection of meat-friendly wines. It would be preferable to have more choice by the glass. There are also some Italian cult wines available at mouth-watering prices.
The waiting staff are passionate about meat and delight in sharing their knowledge.
Sparse industrial and cosmopolitan décor; but noisy when full.
A night where the food is more important than the conversation.