Two years on, and we return to the birthplace of Steak Night - Nelson’s Eye.
Nelson’s Eye is the epitome of old school steakhouse. The same decor for four decades - old wood panels, burgundy napkins, and chunky wineglasses. Reminds me of my 21st birthday. But we’re here for steak, not shortlisting venues for Top Billing – so I’ll guess we’ll…turn…a..blind…eye.
Fortunately they were able to convert the upstairs bar into a private dining room for us, so we were quite happy.
Now it must be said that in terms of price, it is at the upper end of Cape Town steakhouses. A 230g fillet (grain fed nogal) will set you back R170, but luckily it was winter special time and you could get a 200g fillet for R90. Yup – you guessed it – you may as well order two of those babies. Grilling and serving 30 steaks proved a challenge though, and half of us had to wait 10 minutes to be served. Points shall be docked.
The evening nearly turned ugly though, as a rival steak “club” enjoyed a brief drink at the bar. It must be what the Italians feel like when they face the Haka; quickly realising they’d brought a (steak)knife to a gunfight. They sheepishly retreated, muttering “jeepers now that’s a steak club”.
As per the “Best Steaks in Town”, unfortunately there were some very mixed steak reviews. My fillet was well-aged and perfectly grilled, and accompanied by healthy portions of fries and veggies.
But others complained their meat was tasteless and bland, and after tallying up the reviews it scores a lowly average of 6.7 out of 10.
So in the end, Nelsons Eye turned out to be an average dining experience. Fair enough, if it ain’t broke don’t try to fix it, and they have served quality steaks for many years. But the dated décor, cheap cutlery and poor ambiance certainly don’t reflect the high prices. This may have been acceptable 25-30 years ago, but there are now many local restaurants that serve better fare for cheaper.
Overall: 6.8 (average of scores)