A meal well done

2011-05-06 14:46

The 7 team go in search of a great place to have a meaty feast as the chilly weather sets in and find three juicy options.

Karoo Cattle and Land

Ambience:
Karoo is all about dishing up South African food and that means meat, meat and more meat.

The one at LongPoint in Fourways is unfussy, decked out in plenty of warm wood with booths for a more secluded eating experience as well as tables and chairs on a big verandah for those who want to watch the world go by.

It’s unfortunate that it overlooks Witkoppen Road, but the road is far enough away to keep the roar at bay.

The good news is that there is plenty of free parking behind the restaurant and, because it’s new, it’s easy to get a table.

Service:
The waiter was quick off the mark to get us wine, and the stuff by the glass is good too. He was happy to provide tap water, which is a must as I see no reason at all to drink water out of a bottle except to pad my bill.

Also the waiter knew the specials by heart and was happy to rattle them off twice when asked.

The food came quickly and the waiter was good at keeping us watered.

Best thing on the menu:

The most delicious starter is the snails with blue cheese in a phyllo pastry nest, and the chicken livers are a spot-on blend of creamy with a lingering burn that is very more-ish.

The franchise prides itself on its boerewors, which it has specially made, and this – with pap and tomato and onion gravy on the side – is food for the soul.

For those watching their arteries, the ostrich burger is delicious – and juicy despite the bird’s lack of lard. Also, there’s a salad bar, which you can visit as often as you like, for free, with your meal.

Pudding is all about comfort too with stalwarts such as tipsy tart, malva pudding and a very good milk tart on the menu.

Expect to find:
Families, as the place offers a selection of interesting menu items as half portions. Also because there are local favourites on the menu such as bobotie, bredie and pukka Durban curry, this is a great place to take your overseas guests (let’s work together to break Moyo’s undeserved monopoly).

Verdict:
This upmarket steakhouse is a good option for a meaty feast – and it’s affordable.

The starters will set you back about R45 each, while the steaks, stews and curries range from R80 to R130, with the burgers an affordable R50 to R60 each.

Afters average out at about R35 each.

There is also a good selection of tasty wines for under R100 a bottle.


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