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The formula behind this family-run business has been fine-tuned over close to four decades. Before relocating to Midstream in 2018, The Godfather was something of a landmark in Centurion, where it had opened in 1984. Diners are made to feel welcome from the get-go, and the atmosphere is both relaxed and refined.
The starters selection includes steakhouse classics like beef carpaccio, garlic snails and chicken livers, as well as two prawn options. You won’t find Steve’s chicken wings on the menu, but it’s worth asking for. The wings are tender, slightly sticky and eating them by hand is pretty much mandatory. Vegetarian-friendly starters include jalapeño rissoles and fried haloumi. The Mozambican-style calamari starter is just the right amount of spicy and exceptionally well-cooked.
The calamari can also be ordered as a main, and other seafood options include kingklip (rated orange or ‘think twice’ on the SASSI list) and prawns. Of course, most Godfather fans come here for the succulent cuts of meat. The beef is grain-fed and matured for at least 21 days. The rump is ever so slightly chewy, but you can’t go wrong with the fillet, which is perfectly tender but doesn’t compromise on flavour. Another firm favourite is the oxtail: a hearty and nostalgic dish. Other meat options include ribs, lamb shank and Karoo lamb chops. Poultry options are limited to chicken schnitzels. This is not (and nor does it pretend to be) a vegetarian or vegan-friendly eatery.
The dessert menu is not particularly vast, but with some seriously tempting options like a peanut-butter mud pie, malva pudding and créme brûlée, you may still have a tough time making up your mind. Thankfully the criminally indecisive are well catered for and may opt for the trio of mini portions. The tiramisu is hair-raisingly sweet, and is best reserved for those who take four spoons of sugar in their coffee. The gelato with salted caramel sauce, on the other hand, is simple, delicious and a thing of beauty.
The wine list is a compilation of familiar stalwarts and offers no surprises, other than the price tag, which seems slightly too high. The selection of aperitifs, spirits and cocktails is more than decent, and on the whole the drinks offering is a tad more imaginative than the food menu.
Expect to be shown to your table with efficiency and aplomb. The wait staff are eager, friendly and loyal, and when prompted, offer a helpful and comprehensive list of recommendations.
For a speakeasy-styled eatery, it’s all a bit too sparkly and echoey, and first-timers may feel like they’ve stumbled upon someone else’s theme party. Yet there’s a lot of heart under all the costume-shop mafioso hats.
Succulent cuts of meat in a speakeasy-themed milieu.
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