Located on the “hip and happening” strip of Florida Road in Durban – known for its young, vibrant night life and trendy eateries – Butcher Block steakhouse occupies a large rustic space with seating for up to 140 patrons.
The industrial style décor boasts exposed face brick walls, mixed materials such as warm wooden tables and floors combined with exquisite decorative tiles, railway sleepers and exposed incandescent bulbs hanging on long cords.
The space is inviting and warm adding to the friendly hospitable welcome which greets every customer as they walk through the door.
Our designated waiter, Elijah – who could well be related to actor Djimon Hounsou – had an easy-going, good-natured mannerism as he expressively ensured that we were happy and content throughout the evening. As suggested by our eloquent waiter, we opted for the Salmon Sashimi starter which is a choice of plain or seared Norwegian salmon with seven spice, toasted sesame seeds, ponzu, sesame oil, pickled ginger and soya. It was a memorable, scrumptious starter and an excellent recommendation.
I had decided before I left home that I was going to have a steak as a main meal.
Butcher Block has a renowned reputation for serving the best cuts of steak which are wet aged for a minimum of 21 days, only chargrilled and basted with the restaurants unique basting sauce and served with a complimentary side of baked or mashed potato, veg, chips, rice, pap and chakalaka or side salad. The 200g fillet steak that I ordered was succulent, juicy and without doubt lived up to the eateries reputation of serving only the finest cuts of meat.
The hamburgers were equally impressive; 200g of pure beef patty served with a choice of one side. My husband opted for the Camembert and Bacon burger which was made up of pan-fried bacon & camembert cheese topped with a green peppercorn sauce and my son had the BBC burger which was pan-fried bacon, biltong shavings topped with melted mature cheddar & mozzarella cheese; a meal certainly worth raving about.
Because of clever meal planning and careful portion control said no foodie ever; I vehemently made space for dessert, a practice I have mastered remarkably well. Aside from the classic crème brulee, my new favourite dessert is another recommendation from Elijah – deep fried Oreos. 3 delectable, gooey, chocolatey, deep fried Oreos stylishly and artfully laid out on the plate, I could easily have eaten an entire box of these delicious deep fried biscuits. I will definitely be doing some recipe development in the near future as I recreate this amazing dessert to share with you.
An eatery that ticks all the culinary boxes for me, I highly recommend booking your table at one of the following branches listed below and keep a look out on social media for the opening of the new Hillcrest branch.
Umhlanga Rocks 031 – 566 3547
Florida Road 031 – 303 2662