Located within the popular Florida Rd Urban in Berea – Durban, the Steak Grill and Co diners can expect a perfectly marinated and flame grilled deboned peri-peri chicken, lamb chops that have been marinated in extra virgin olive oil, garlic and fresh herbs, both pork and beef ribs and ostrich served with a balsamic and red wine reduction.
Head chef, Simon Mayise, who headed the kitchen at the Colony restaurant which was consistently ranked one of the best in the country by food lovers and cuisine critics alike, is serving up prime cuts such as sirloin, rump, fillet, prime rib, T-bone and Tomahawk steaks with signature sauces that include truffle mushroom, blue cheese and vodka, old school monkey gland, béarnaise, oven roasted garlic and pepper and thyme.
“We offer a high-quality overall steakhouse experience, paying particular attention to the quality of the ingredients, food presentation and the experience of dining in a national monument,” explains co-owner Steve Christodoulou.
Combos – including a chicken and prawn combo and the ultimate surf and turf – as well as bespoke burgers and a “Lekker for Locals” offering that includes a fall off the bone lamb shank and a chicken and prawn curry – will leave every carnivore delighted. Those looking for something lighter can enjoy an array of salads as well as a “From the Sea” offering that includes calamari, grilled kingklip, Argentinean queen prawns and grilled crayfish.
The wide range of starters that precedes this extends from escargot and oysters to fresh black mussels, beef carpaccio and more.
Right now, the Steak Grill and Co is one of a kind – although it is affiliated to the Jack Salmon Group of restaurants.
But it is its location in Atherton House, which was built in 1904, that seals the fine dining deal.
“One of Durban’s finest steakhouses of old, Squires Loft, was housed in the building and, with the grand old dame having been restored to its former glory, it made sense to open up this upscale space to Durban’ Steak and Wine lovers,” explains Christodoulou.
The interior has been tastefully designed and uses a highly fashionable darker monochrome palette offset by wood and natural textures. This captures the upscale feel of the building and, at the same time, creates a relaxed environment thereby creating a whole new dining segment – Fine-Casual!
The home’s original gardens have been relandscaped and now house some fascinating public art, including a South African bronze sculpture called Morpheous that was recently brought home from the USA where it was on display.