The manager came out and pointed out a few highlights of the menu. I noticed they weren't open yet and asked what time they'd start serving dinner, and he asked if I wanted to book a table. "I'll be back," I said, meaning it, because steak now sounded like a great idea.
I went around the corner to a used bookstore that also had internet. While killing some time I decided I'd check the reviews for the place. They were uniformly excellent.
Well, I thought, I know where I'm having dinner.
corner 3rd Avenue and 7th Street
Melville, Johannesburg 2092
Gauteng, South Africa
M-Sa: dinner (starts around 1800)
menu visible at: http://www.eating-out.co.za/member_menu.asp?MemberID=2208
(private parking available on 3rd Ave, or guarded street parking available on 7th St.)
This is a first-rate steakhouse. The grain-fed beef is aged on the premises, and the staff know their business. The waiters are helpful and polite in explaining the differences between the different cuts of beef. While the menu is simple, it was still extremely useful to have such details explained. The wine steward was equally knowlegable and helpful. She produced a nice local red that really went well with the excellent steak.
I started with their ostrich salad (R38, $5.50), which was much larger than I'd expected. Nonetheless, it was a fine start. After a bit of consultation with the waiter I decided on the 1/3 kg rump steak (R72, $10.25). This was one of the best steaks I have ever eaten. The wine was one of their showcase wines, and a glass was under R15 ($2.15).
Be sure to try their spice-herb rub, a specialty of the house. They sent me home with a small jar of it.
Truly, this was an amazing meal. It easily could have cost double or triple the price back home.
People ask me why I spent so much time in Johannesburg. Go to this restaurant and have dinner. Then you tell me.