Fantastic steaks. My favourite steak in Cape Town and has never let me down in over a decade of patronage. Will recommend to anyone with utmost confidence.
The perfect steakhouse. I heard a lot of hype about this place serving the best steak in Cape Town, and it measured up. Generous with the alcohol, perfectly sized sides, and a great dessert to top it all off! I enjoyed the music selection, too,and it wasn't so loud as to drown out conversation. Definitely order the steak, and definitely don't order it well done unless you want to make the experts sad.
Nelson's Eye is what I think of as a traditional South African steakhouse, dark panelled walls, framed pictures of Lord Nelson. Outstanding quality beef cuts (mine is a full-size fillet, no basting or sauce). For people who like sauces, they offer several made to order and scratch sauces (fo me, I just like the flavour of unaltered great beef !)All grilles come with the usual family style sides of root vegetable and creamed spinach, and a choice of starch (I usually go for the baked potato with all the fixings). An order of onion rings as a side is a must. Having explored steaks all over Cape Town, none beats and few equal the consistent high quality that we always enjoy at Nelson's Eye. Floor Manager can be a bit grumpy, but he always remembers us and welcomes us back. Wait staff is friendly and efficient. We never have room for desserts. I always appreciate the refrigerator chilled bottles of table water, just another small detail that keeps us coming back.
This was a lovely restaurant for a big group - our party of 10 were placed upstairs in this surprisingly big restaurant (every room we went through, I expected that to be the end, but there was always another one on the way!).
The service was good, though obviously it being very busy our waitress seemed a bit harried. I like that each person is assigned a number, so orders don't get mixed up - clever, and simple, system.
The food is what we came for, though, and it didn't disappoint. Those steaks were brilliant. It's quite unusual to get the steak cooked exactly as you ordered it, but that was exactly what we got. The Spring Special menu was definitely worth it (something like R30 off starters, and R70 off main meals!). From the main menu, I particularly liked the combo garlic sauce, with onion rings on top for a mere R20 extra.
Will absolutely be back!
The welcoming is very warm, our waitress was excellent, she answered questions, ran the specials past us, and even knew what vegetables were served, unlike so many other establishments I have been to when you get that “let me check with the chef answer”. Our waitress was very attentive without being all over you or pushy. She also understood that we had a show to get to, we were appreciative not having to remind her. She didn’t drop the ball once!
I was told that the steak here was the best in Cape Town, so of course, I had to have the steak. I loved the variety of cuts, as well as the different size options and the hardest part – the many delicious sauces to choose from.
I opted for the Sirloin with the Princess Sauce – an Asparagus and béarnaise sauce, medium rare – what I got was beyond my expectations. Perfectly grilled, hot steak, without being smothered in basting – you could taste the meat and let me tell you the quality was excellent. The sauce was beautiful and light, the perfect accompaniment for such a delicious steak.
Served with the steak was creamed spinach and pumpkin. Finally a restaurant who understands what creamed spinach and knows how to perfectly season their vegetables. I was also told that the onion rings are to die for…so of course this was ordered too. I was not disappointed! Do order the onion rings as a side to any of your meal choices!
Everyone at our table enjoyed their meal, and can say I do agree, the best steak I have had in Cape Town thus far. A huge menu to choose from and the meal can get a little pricey, I will have to go back and try more off the menu!
I can defiantly not fault the service or the food, however the credit card machine was not working that night, which is by no means the establishments fault, but it was a slight inconvenience. The restaurant is a little cramped; I can imagine it being uncomfortable when full. I can also imagine the later you get there the more painful parking will be – just like anywhere else in Cape Town.
All round a great dinning experience.