November 1


November 1, 2019

Chapter 5: Steak - Updated 2021

Just like you couldn’t visit the Big Apple without biting into a much-too-large slice of pizza, you just can’t leave Cape Town without clinking glasses and indulging in some sizzling sirloin, fiery fillet or medium-rare rump.

Butcher Shop and Grill

Sporting a modern steakhouse vibe, with glass and leather accents, Butcher Shop and Grill enjoys a prime spot on the Mouille Point promenade. The menu flaunts sultry dishes such as steak tartare, oxtail in a rich red wine gravy, sweet, sticky, fall-off-the-bone beef ribs and an extensive wine list.

Why go?

This old-fashioned butcher has traditions that run deep, with specialist blockmen who cut and prepare your meat as you like it.


a: 125 Beach Rd, Mouille Point
t: +27 21 434 0813
h: Tuesday—Sunday: 09h00–23h00

Photograph: Butcher Shop and Grill

Carne on Kloof

As its name suggests, this Italian carnivore’s paradise is all about the meat. The sirloin, rib-eye and rump are cooked to perfection, every time.

Why go?

The modish bar lounge is dotted with paraphernalia reminiscent of a traditional Italian butchery, like butcher’s blocks and a retro Italian meat slicer.


a: 153 Kloof St, Cape Town
t: +27 21 426 5566
h: Lunch: Friday—Saturday: 12h00-15h00, Dinner: Monday—Saturday: 17h00-21h30

Photograph: Carne on Kloof

Nelson’s Eye

Though unassuming from the outside, Nelson’s Eye is real deal and old-school. That’s because they’ve been cooking some of the best cuts of meat since the 60s.

Why go?

Over the years very little has changed, and given the homely atmosphere, good service and superb selection of cuts, it’s no wonder that it’s still going strong well into its 50th year.


a: 9 Hof St, Cape Town
t: +27 21 423 2601
h: Monday to Saturday, 17h00-late.

Photograph: Nelson’s Eye

The Hussar Grill

This much-beloved steakhouse serves quality speciality steaks across the country, embodying the very finest of Grillroom traditions.

Why go?

After 54 years of practising the art of cooking steak, Hussar Grill has perfected the craft.


a: 163 Beach Rd, Mouille Point
t: +27 21 433 2081
h: Monday—Sunday: 12h00-21h00

Photograph: The Hussar Grill

Featured image credit: Emerson Vieira


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Daryll Williams

Daryll is Capetonian to his core. Following an internship in Mexico and a solo trek through the United States, he returned home with a renewed perspective and an uncanny skill for content marketing. Aside from his writing, he enjoys reading non-fiction and rewatching Quentin Tarantino films. When he is not hunched over a keyboard you can find him hiking along the mountainside, unpacking the science behind pop music or crafting the perfect cup of Earl Grey tea.

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