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Greg Bax is the master behind the grill, as well as owner and conversation starter at Rare Grill, a neighbourhood institution in Kenilworth. His expertise and passion come from his experience as owner of the original Hussar Grill in Rondebosch – and his respect and love for meat is evident in every bite.
Main portions are generous, but you might be tempted by a starter of sticky chicken wings or oven-roasted bone marrow on toast. The reason you’re here is the hand-selected, four-week-old wet-aged beef. Check out the specials board or choose sirloin, rump or fillet from the menu.
Otherwise, give Greg your preferences to let him choose for you. His recommendation was a 500g T-bone steak and a grass-fed fillet so soft it could’ve been mistaken for butter. The mammoth feast was topped with onion rings and served with triple-cooked chips and a butter cabbage. Each bite delivered well-balanced caramelisation and superior flavour. With Greg himself manning the grill station, the cuts are expertly grilled and fat rendered to perfection.
Classic steakhouse desserts like brownies and malva pudding grace the menu. While it may seem rather pedestrian, a spoonful of faultless crème brûlée was a rather pleasing end to this delightful experience.
A recently launched grilling class in a space upstairs is perfect for those who want to channel their inner braai master.
A small selection of perfect partners to the meaty options is on offer. A great pinotage like the Ernst Gouws & Co pinotage is always a delicious option with red meat.
Warm and inviting staff and a convivial Greg make sure you’re well taken care of.
The cosy space with crammed-in tables add to the charm of this neighbourhood eatery, and the warm vibes mean the diners at the next table might just strike up a conversation.
Impressing a meat-lover.
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