My first night in Jo’burg, we were meant to braai, but it was a tad windy (like, 37kmph gusts!), and threatening to rain. We did need feeding though, and I wanted steak because it’s South Africa after all!
We tried a couple of places that we had been to before but they were fully booked. Also, much as it’s great to have favourites, there are a lot of places that I haven’t been to here yet! I need to try them all.
One of my friends, Jono, suggested Thunder Gun, and I was a little dubious. I am turning into a Dubai Princess and like nice restaurants. Thunder Gun didn’t sound like that. Also they told me it was up past the Cresta shopping mall. I had been there once and been stuck on my own in a blackout with no idea where I was. I do not have fond memories. It also reminded me name wise of an absolute hole called ‘Pistols’ in Southbroom (south of Durban), which didn’t help any.
But, Jono is as much into his food as I am so I trust his judgement. We all piled into the car and headed off for a good feeding.
And what a good feed we had. This place is an absolute undiscovered gem! Well, no so much undiscovered because it was busy but it’s totally off the foodmap as far as I can tell.
It’s a family style dining restaurant. It’s casual and relaxed, and there is absolutely nothing fancy about it. The food is not faffed around with. Nothing on the menu is “foreign” or contining ‘a hint of lavender’ or ‘fusion inspired’ or any other rubbish. Its good South African food. You want a steak, have a steak. It comes with fries or rice or a potato. You want to fancy up your steak? Add bacon and cheese. There are a good few options for the fancy steak. I wanted them all.
Sadly having only just gotten out of hospital, again, I decided to stick to the steak with a plain potato. What I forgot to say was to hold the basting/sauce. I cannot tell you how thankful I was. It perfectly complemented the steak. So, so good.
I also tried Eisbein for the first time! I don’t know exactly how to describe it, except a giant lump of pork on the bone… maybe hock or knuckle or something? It was divine! Crispy on the outside, and tender and moist on the inside! (Photo to follow!)
I honestly had such a good evening. I am so sorry that I judged it by name, and am thankful that I trusted Jono’s stomach to take us somewhere so good.
Get yourself down there people!