The City Grill is the oldest steak house at the V&A Waterfront. Rumour had it they are famous for their traditional South African dishes, but more importantly - beautifully matured beef steak. Let’s go have a look..
The restaurant has been passed down from the original owners to the family. Many of the dishes reflect the unique African spirit, and diners can enjoy local delicacies like Bobotie, ostrich, zebra or even crocodile steaks. They apparently also have a sommelier on hand, to assist with wine and food pairing recommendations.
So City Grill has been around for a while, and it’s one of the few steakhouses in Cape Town we haven’t visited. It had tourist trap written all over it, and this was evident when we saw the R255 fillet price (average is R180), and the ribeye for an eye-watering R240! Their beef steak options are quite small though, and you only have a choice of five cuts.
The table was evenly split between the ribeye and fillet – and feedback was mixed. I think when you see an exorbitantly priced piece of meat, you expect to be blown away. And not many were. In fact, one SteakBoy did not finish his steak, and he was hungry!
City Grill’s high prices are not just for their meat…a small plate of onion rings was R49, and a fried egg will set you back R20. And if you have space for dessert, expect to pay R69 for the cheesecake!
The V&A Waterfront in general has quite a buzz about it these days, even though it is a massive tourist spot. The restaurant was reasonably busy inside, but the décor and ambiance was quite lacklustre. The staff were friendly and welcoming, but they offered nothing special.
Expectedly, City Grill boasts the usual magnificent sea views from the V&A Waterfront, and Table Mountain as a backdrop. That’s about where it ends though, as you are largely paying for the location. We don’t mind paying more for a good meal, but this is certainly not good value.
Shop 155 - V&A Waterfront