Before it was known as Bennigan's restaurant, this family-friendly steakhouse was called Bedford Steakhouse. Established in 1972 by Costa Paizes, Bedford Steakhouse was well known for its great steaks and American-style dining experience. Housed at Bedford Centre, the steakhouse was a firm family favourite for many years.
But, as all things must, Bedford Steakhouse underwent a change. Becoming Bennigan's Restaurant, this eatery upped the stakes by offering a greater wine selection, top quality meats and in-house desserts on their menu. In 2016, Bennigan's also made a move from Bedfordview to the suburb of Kensington. However, their food ethos has stayed true to the original Bedford Steakhouse. With the same emphasis on sourcing the best ingredients and produce directly from the farmers themselves, Bennigan's brings perfect products straight to the table for the customer to enjoy.
The restaurant is still going strong 47 years later. In a world of takeout chains, fast food and shopping mall dining culture, Bennigan's stands out among the rest.
You can't miss Bennigan's Restaurant. Situated on Langermann Drive, the steakhouse welcomes you from all directions. The sprawling outdoor deck adorned with fairy lights and greenery catches your attention, as it suggests an air of modern fine dining. Upon entry you will find an eclectic mix of American ranch style, Italian chic and South African influences in the decor. The furniture and lighting are sophisticated without being intimidating. There is, of course, a family-friendly element too, so the kids will feel right at home. While the restaurant does overlook the bustling street below, it is removed from the chaos. The vibe is relaxed and welcoming. This is the perfect place for a special family dinner or date night.
Bennigan's also has a dedicated kids play area to keep the 'Bennikids' entertained. With slides, play mats and a colouring station, this is a little one's dream. The restaurant is also working on a special children's menu to fill hungry bellies with the best they have to offer. So, next time the family beg to go out for dinner, don't head for the nearest fast food franchise or run-of-the-mill steakhouse, because Bennigan's awaits.
Bennigan's menu combines the essence of American steakhouse cuisine with modern South African touches. For starters, we recommend the spicy buffalo wings. Always a crowd pleaser, the chicken wings are basted in Benningan's secret spicy sauce, covered in sesame seeds and chili mayo. However, if you want something a little more indulgent, try out their salmon tartare, beef carpaccio or snails paree. Paired with one of the restaurant's fine wines, these European classics go down a treat.
Onto the mains. Benningan's is known for its premium A-grade beef, so it would be a shame not to sample a fillet, rump or sirloin steak. From a 200g fillet to a 600g T-bone, Bennigan's has a steak to suit any appetite. Order yours plain, basted or pepper crusted with a side of mashed or baked potato, onion straws, fries or seasonal veg. Lastly, add a sauce to bring all the flavours together. Your options - monkey gland, Bearnaise, creamy peppercorn, mushroom, garlic or cheese.
If you aren't a steak fanatic, fear not. Bennigan's has a variety of other delectable mains to choose from. Think lamb shank, oxtail stew, slow-roasted pork belly, baby back ribs and seared salmon. Vegetarian options are slim on this menu. However, veggie lovers should delight over the Butternut Pansotti - fresh parcels of pasta filled with butternut and cheese, topped with traditional napolitana sauce. Or, you can tuck into a platter of halloumi, fried mushrooms, creamed spinach and grilled tomato.
Finally, dessert. Bennigan's in-house made American diner inspired puds are all out indulgent. Their house specialty salted caramel brownie is to die for, but it's their Mississippi Mud Pie which has earned them veritable fame. Liqueur infused chocolate ice cream cake, with a biscuit base, served with chocolate fudge sauce and fresh cream. Goodbye diet, here we come!
Bennigan's doesn't only cater to the wine drinkers. They also have a great selection of craft gin, beer and cocktails at their bar. We like the sound of a cranberry and thyme craft gin - saffron infused gin, with cranberry syrup, thyme and Fever Tree tonic. Had a little too much to drink? Bennigan's Blood Mary is the best you will ever have. Made with a secret blend of spices, this little cocktail is a must-try.
Visit their website for more information, or give them a follow on social media:
Facebook - facebook.com/bennigansrestaurant
Contact them on 011 615 1658 or via email at [email protected]
Details: 81 Langermann Drive, Kensington, Johannesburg.
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