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Famous Butchers Grill, Greenmarket Sq.
Reviewer: mac

Reviewed on the: 03/11/2006 23:32:54

Overall Rating: 81%
Atmosphere
Decor
Value for Money
Service
Stars
Food
Wine
Music
Transport and Location
Overall Experience
Now I must say that the story about eating at this restaurant is going to be a little bit convoluted. Mostly because there are TWO Famous Butchers Grills in Cape Town central. So, of course, we end up at the other one. Thankfully they were helpful, albeit confused at first, and we made it to the right restaurant.
Now it turns out that this particular restaurant is right on the 'top' of Greenmarket Square. In fact, if you sit on their balcony, you can look over the market as the traders go about their business. It does create quite a nice atmosphere, although I wouldn't suggest sitting outside in the evening, while the marketeers are packing up, if you're looking for a quiet romantic meal.
The Restaurant is modern and chique, although, hmmm, to think of a way to describe the Italian floor tiles with exposed wooden roof beams and granite... post-modern rustiscism. (which is very different from post modern rastafarianism).
Value for money is quite good, I must say that I did get a very good sized steak, and the wines don't look like they'll break the bank.
It was difficult to judge the service because the manager (Joy, awesome lady, lot's of fun and interesting conversation) was serving us for most of the evening, although we did have a minor delay on one of our drinks.
The food itself was exceptional... My rump steak was delicious, and in fact was so well cooked and basted, that I didn't really touch the blue cheese and mushroom sauce that was brought with it. Kine actually finished her beef stroganoff, which makes it's own statement about the quality of the food. Oh and not forgetting the fact that there was some African Sushi (nice and juicy), delivered as a pre eating snack. African Sushi is biltong.
The wine list was well stocked and not too expensive, however, I did notice a Gew├╝rztraminer listed as a semi-sweet, which would be quite a suprise to the less knowledgeable.
Of course Cape Town is always a pain with parking, but there is plenty of public transport around and the location itself is brilliant.
Overall it was a very pleasant experience, and this is somewhere I would definately recomend for an evening meal, outside, in the summer.

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