Butcher Block Umhlanga – Heritage Day

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Located at the Holiday Inn Express hotel along Umhlanga’s popular office accommodation boulevard, Umhlanga Rocks Drive, this outlet of Butcher Block takes “dining with a view” to a whole new level. With its postcard view of the Indian Ocean, this well established, neat and homely restaurant makes for an ideal family outing paired with a delicious, hearty meal.

My recent visit to Butcher Block Umhlanga corresponded with a public holiday that we South Africans celebrate annually because of our rich, multi-cultural and diverse heritage. Heritage Day is a time where each and every South African across all races can celebrate their individual culture; through food, traditional attire and music, just to name a few.

I like to celebrate my Afrikaans heritage around the dining room table where I have fond memories of eating a variety of different foods known as “boerekos” in addition to devouring an array of delectable desserts, making my visit to Butcher Block somewhat nostalgic. The menu, which boasts an array of popular South African cuisine, is familiar to me as I’ve been to the Florida Road branch before (HERE).
Being Heritage Day, I decided that my lunch was going to be a full on cultural experience, which Butcher Block without doubt provided as they placed my boerewors, pap and chakalaka starter in front of me. This appetizer was so substantial it could have passed as a main meal. The boerewors was tasty and presented beautifully on a skewer with cubes of pap in between and smothered in chakalaka. The meal was plated on a black slate/tile which was very professional looking and appealing.

While sipping on my glass of Merlot, I scanned the menu and made a decision to order the lamb shank as a main meal. In my Afrikaans culture, meat is an integral part of any meal so this dish is custom for me especially since it is served with potato and vegetables. The lamb was plated in an oversized shallow bowl with a large helping of mashed potato topped by an enormous lamb shank, smothered in delicious brown gravy and served with baby carrots. It was incredibly succulent and tender, perfectly cooked and a very generous portion which I couldn’t finish; well I could have, but I had to keep space for the all-important dessert. I am without doubt a pudding person. I absolutely love the sweets at the end of a food course and no matter how full I’m feeling I’ll make a plan.

Koeksisters and ice cream was without doubt my dessert of choice. Those overly sweet, syrupy koeksisters which were served with the most delectable, moreish pistachio ice cream (from Woolworths I’m told) were the perfect size and ending to a memorable Heritage Day luncheon.

In my husband’s words, “the chef’s special of a 200g fillet steak, stuffed with jalapeno, wrapped in bacon, topped with a dollop of spicy butter, plus vegetables on the side, made for a proverbial feast on eye and pallet. Grilled to medium-rare perfection, I cannot recall making my way through a more mouth-watering, succulent and tender steak and vegetable meal in decades”.
Thank you Butcher Block for a truly unforgettable family outing where we got to celebrate our beautiful Heritage with delicious food and breathtaking views.
Contact details:
Holiday Inn Express – Umhlanga, off Umhlanga Rocks Drive, Umhlanga Rocks, 4320.
TEL: 031 566 3547


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