Primal Eatery is a wood-fired grill concept. They are a restaurant that is meat centric; live fire, innovative cooking techniques and creative food styling.
Brilliant service and equally brilliant food. The staff were polite and attentive.
We absolutely loved Primal, we were greeted by name at the door and the service was slick but discreet the whole night. We opted for the winter special which is fantastic value for money, the pitas and dips to start were divine, as was the Oreo dessert but the best by far was the steak, absolutely the best steak I’ve ever had! So tender and flavoursome. Can’t wait to go back and experience more of Primal!
I normally write shorter reviews and let the photos of the food speak for themselves, but Primal delivered a lot more than expected and deserves the effort.
My mom arrived in Cape Town for my birthday and what better way to celebrate a fire sign than a place known for using open fire to make everything? Two large fire heaters at the entrance let me know we were in the right place.
Primal has an interesting balance of luxury and familiarity. There's a doorman in a suit to escort you in, but once you're inside, it feels like home. The interior is both chic and homely. It's beautifully decorated with modern, warm lights and luxurious booths and elegantly and intimately set tables of both two and banquets of large parties. We went on a Friday, so the resident DJ was there setting the mood. Almost all of the other guests stayed for a drink on the outside terrace after and in between their meals and the staff genuinely love talking to and entertaining everyone. It was extremely busy so I highly recommend booking a table.
For starters we ordered the flaming saganaki (kefalotiri cheese flambéd with brandy and lime) that was as delicious as it was theatrical, and enjoyed it alongside the complimentary bread board. It has a similar texture to halloumi but with a sharper taste. Being in a coastal town, it's strange that most restaurants don't have a more diverse offering of seafood, so we eagerly ordered the charred Kalk Bay octopus on offer and honestly, I could go back for this dish alone.
The pork belly. Oh my. My mom went on about this pork belly for two days and actually phoned two people after the dinner to tell them about how it was the softest pork belly she's had in her life. I think she may have found a greater reason to visit Cape Town than her own child. It's no surprise though, the pork is cooked in a sous vide bath for 6 hours until it's perfect enough to melt in the mouth!
I opted for the steak. This is what Primal does best and it's the perfect place for purists who don't want basting and scoff at the term 'well done'. I chose the tenderstem broccoli as a side; once again a unique offering from this hidden gem. Why most restaurants serve normal florets, I can't say.
We had absolutely no space for dessert, but I'll be back in no time to try every single one.
This is definitely a hidden gem in the city (tucked behind Fire and Ice Hotel in Gardens) that has made food sexy again.
JW Van Niekerk
Primal Eatery is a must visit for any steak connoisseur. No... in fact, Primal Eatery is a must visit for everyone.
It’s really the best quality food at affordable prices. I am a self proclaimed steak snob. I can’t order steak anywhere because the quality never meets my own standards. But Primal blew me away with the quality of their steak. The whole menu is just a perfect fit. You can see a lot of thought went into the menu with everything on there is complimenting the plate it is assigned to. The flavor is good enough to make any foodie come back. Ive been to supposedly upmarket steakhouses all over the country and Primal Eatery is just in a league of it’s own.
The service is such a core part of the success that Primal Eatery is. From reception, waiters and even the kitchen staff were amazing. Everyone working towards the same standard of food, service and general experience at Primal.
I can honestly say that Primal Eatery is what Cape Town is all about. Its vibey, it’s something special and definitely a must visit.