One of South Africa's most iconic heritage brands, BlackSteer, is making a comeback and we approve. The age-old steakhouse, which started in the early 60s, has opened various branches around Joburg since holding company Gold Brands' takeover in 2015.
To keep up with the time, BlackSteer has done a massive brand update. But, they have kept the classic ranch look it's famed for. As for the food, well... it's brilliant. Black Steer is known for its ribs. Just because they've changed their decor it doesn't mean the kitchen has changed too. The ribs taste as good as before, and come in three different flavours: Famous BlackSteer, Portuguese Style and Southern Style (Bourbon). Whatever you do, be sure to try them. BlackSteers ribs are known by older generations as the best in the country which we agree to ten fullest.
Other family favourites include their legendary grills, such as the sirloin and ribs combinations. One menu item that comes highly recommended is the cheese and bacon burger. In all honesty, this burger rocks one of the fattest and tastiest beef patties we've sunk our teeth into in recent times.
The atmosphere at BlackSteer restaurants is amazing and a great spot for a first date - as long as she doesn't mind seeing your face covered in sticky beef basting sauce. Something that stands out, besides the red meat-heavy dish choices, is the music: Jimi Hendrix to Rodriguez with Greek folk music mixed in sets a pleasant mood. The menu spells classic steakhouse with an amazing variety of dishes. Speaking of menus, be sure to check out the cocktail menu. We had the mojitos, which packed a delicious punch.
After all of this, we suggest you cleanse the palate with a whiskey Don Pedro. The staff is helpful and super friendly which is the cherry on top of the dining experience you can expect from BlackSteer.
by Shawn Greyling
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