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Carne SA (Keerom Street)

6 Reviews
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Italian, Steak
Phone Number 0214243460 Opening Hours Dinner

Dinner: Monday to Saturday 6.30pm to 10pm

Menu

Menu - Carne SA (Keerom Street) Menu - updated April 2018  

Details

Cost
R180 avg main meal
Food
Italian, Steak
Corkage
No BYO
Cost
R180 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Special occasions
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Facilities
Accepts credit cards, Booking required, Cocktails, Dinner, Eat Out reviewed, Food, Functions, Parking, Serves food

Location and contact

70 Keerom Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

John Maytham

This meat palace has been wowing carnivores for years, and still maintains its impeccable standards.

Food
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.

Drinks
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.

Service
The waiting staff are passionate about meat and delight in sharing their knowledge.

Ambience
Sparse industrial and cosmopolitan décor; but noisy when full.

Best for...
A night where the food is more important than the conversation.

(2018)

 

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    The place has a great ambience besides the fresh cement wine cellar smell. Below average service. The waitress had some attitude and we had to find the manager to finally get our sauces after waiting with our food for close to 5 minutes. My t-Bone was rare after ordering it medium rare and after a quick sear on the grill the meat was nice, by any stretch not amazing. Given the price and high expectation this restaurant falls well below an acceptable level.
    If this is the best steak in Cape Town, then please start importing Argentine beef. The toughest piece of meat I have had maybe ever. The wine was lovely, but the place had a bad odour, you eat under in a basement with a low ceiling. I don't get it. Giorgio obviously couldn't cut it in Europe...
    Okay. The restaurant IS noisy - a confluence of the architecture and the happy and excited people dining there. But the food is sensational, and every single member of staff we met (and we met several, from the door, to the bar to the dining room) was friendly, polite and on the ball.
    Six of us had supper there last night. The quality of both the ingredients and the cooking combined to make a memorable meal out of seemingly quite simple dishes. We had starters, mains and pudding - and at every course there were comments about the excellence of the dishes put before us. I'd have to rate it a huge success. And the table next to us seemed to be having a good time, too.
    We spared no expense: the average price per head came to R430.
    This is unusual from me to give a 10 out of 10 to a restaurant. I'm the typical "difficult" customer no waiters/waitresses want to serve. I will send it back if not satisfied and will complain about the service if need be. BUT Carne, let me tell you, I was blown away by my 1st dinning experience there last week. Our waitress, Roxy, made us feel comfortable straight way, she was always in sight whenever we needed something. She advised us (table of 4) wisely without thinking about "let me sell them the most expensive dish so I can make a bigger tip". We shared the signature ravioli dish for starters; TO DIE FOR! If velvet had a taste, it would definitely be Carne's Lamb ravioli! So smooth, melts in the mouth.
    Let's talk main course now...The meat quality was out of this world, I've been hunting for a good steak for a while and none of the popular steak houses around CPT satisfied what I was after. Carne's fiorentina (1.2 kg, 3 of us shared it) hit the spot perfectly: Flavour, texture, taste, portion.. made the overall main course experience unforgettable. Till my next visit, keep up wit the good work Carne, you made me a fan!

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