NV-80 is the slick new restaurant of legendary Gonçalves brothers, Naldo and Victor - of the highly successful, long-standing fine dining restaurant Pigalle. And it’s quite obvious that this duo have a knack for producing top restaurants.
The high ceilings and sophisticated, yet understated interior design mean that NV-80 offers a relaxed atmosphere. Almost has that Miami /South beach vibe to it. The staff is friendly, attentive and bloody good. And they serve some of the best steaks we have ever tasted.
The beef on offer is the award winning Chalmar beef - known for superior quality and tenderness. The cattle are free of artificial growth hormones or antibiotics, and stress free and harvested on the farm. Their diets are an exact science, fed a balanced diet consisting of two rations per day – all to ensure healthy and tasty beasts.
Before our main course, we were served fresh bread, and starter portions of prawns and rump. All top drawer, and a taste of things to come. Moving on to steak orders, many of the lads were initially disappointed to see fillet being offered at only 200g and 250g. But then we were told we could order bespoke sizes – that has to be a first! Now these guys are just showing off. They also offer a cut we haven’t seen before in Cape Town, a Sirloin-On-The-Bone, which looked about 800g in size when served!
The kitchen continued to impress, serving our 17 steaks within a couple of minutes (did I mention the chef has been with the brothers for 33 years?). Service and presentation was excellent; in fact we had waitrons, chefs, and hosts waiting on us hand and foot. And from the first bite, the responses from the punters were very, very good.
It’s an early call, but we may just have a serious contender for the Steak Night of the Year. The food is sublime and the service above and beyond. The décor is not exactly cutting-edge trendy; but don’t let that put you down - the food does the talking here.
Overall: 8.6 (average of scores)
76 Regent Road,
021 439 7112/4