Monday, 21 July 2014

Where to eat: Belthazar Restaurant & Wine Bar

This weekend my partner and I decided to do some restaurant-hopping and for the umpteenth time we ended up at Belthazar in the V & A Waterfront.

I’m not quite sure what it is, but there’s something besides the mouth-watering world-class steak that makes you want to go back there time and time again. The atmosphere is somewhere between casual & relaxed and fine dining – no stuffy, nose-in-the-air vibes. However, out of respect for your fellow patrons, don’t show up in your rugby shorts and tekkies or flip-flops. The food is so good it deserves to be eaten by a stylish individual.

My partner had the peppercorn crusted rib eye steak (400g of course) and I had the beef ribs (a whopping 700g). Grilled perfectly medium-rare he savoured every bite with the occasional “hmm” in between mouthfuls. The sticky beef ribs were something else, the only beef ribs I’ve ever had were dry and more bony than meaty, but these were a treat! Juicy, succulent and meaty – it’s worth the mess!
Unfortunately I can’t offer you my expertise on their impressive selection of wines, mainly because I have no expertise. I'm not really a wine drinker and prefer a glass of sparkling mineral water or champagne with a meal. However, if you love your vino, I’m sure they have something that would appeal to you.

I've been to my fair share of steakhouses in and around Cape Town, but none of them came even close to Belthazar. The waiters are eager to tell you why their meat is a cut above the rest. Their meat is hung on the carcass for 3 days and then they “wet-age” the Fillet, Sirloin and Rump cuts. The T-bones are “dry-aged” for a minimum of 28 days. This place is truly the meat-lovers’ paradise.

Whether you’re local or travelling to Cape Town, these guys deserve a visit. 
Price range: It’s not the cheapest out there, but once you’ve had one of their meals you will come running back for more!  I'll definitely go back (like I do almost every weekend!).

So now that you've got your dining sorted, you still need a place to stay.  Have a look at our accommodation review of 808 Cartwright, just a short while away from the Waterfront.

Written by: Christine Kleyn

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