The Wildside Craft Meats Restaurant, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
The Wildside Craft Meats Restaurant recently opened its doors at the Bloomingdales Centre in Main Road Walmer, Port Elizabeth.
I have long been a fan of the Wildside Butchery in Mount Pleasant and was very pleased to hear that they had opened a restaurant too.
Having a butchery in the group, one could only expect the restaurant to be focused on craft meats.
Nobody loves a good steak more than I and so on a mild and sunny winter’s afternoon my girlfriend and I visited Wildside Craft Meats Restaurant to try out their wares.
What’s on the menu at Wildside Craft Meats Restaurant?
I was surprised to find that the menu had a well-balanced assortment of red meat, chicken and even vegetarian dishes. Breakfast is on offer too. The most outstanding feature of the menu is the pricing.
I chatted to Leonard Palframan, the owner, and he said, “Thanks to our butchery we are able to serve the best quality meat at really low prices.”
Seriously, where can you find a prime cut 250g rump steak for R100 any place other than Wildside Craft Meats Restaurant?
The light meals include toasties, wraps, salads and a well thought out Light Lunch Menu that includes lasagne, schnitzel, a variety of quiches, two curries, chicken livers and bredie. Expect to find vegetarian quiches and curry.
The burger options are varied and include beef, chicken and banting! My partner opted for the Bacon and Cheese Burger and, in her own words, said that it was one of the best burgers she had ever tasted with the patty being outstanding.
The Karoo Seekat (deboned and tenderised rib of lamb marinated in lemon and herb) and The Skilpadjie are the attention grabbers on the starters menu.
The main menu offers rump, sirloin, ribeye, lamb chops, hickory basted spare ribs, lamb shank, a whole chicken and a mixed grill. It was the latter that I chose for my meal. I haven’t had a mixed grill in years and I love the Wildside Butchery’s wors. The sirloin was fantastic and the wors did not disappoint!
Leonard added, “Knowing our meat, we will custom cut and prepare steaks to our customer’s requirements too.”
The wine list is short but comprehensive. From really inexpensive to wines that have been carefully paired to the popular dishes, there is something for all.
Wildside Craft Meats Restaurant is located in the same location as the old Coco Joe’s.
The restaurant is spacious but it is the outdoor veranda that makes this restaurant special. Overlooking the lovely Bloomingdales Nursery with its pools and ponds and large shady trees, the sun dappled deck is my favourite place to sit.
The service is polite, informed and comes with a smile!
To make a reservation call 041 2710204. Find Wildside Craft Meats Restaurant at the Bloomingdales Centre, Main Road, Walmer, Port Elizabeth. Opening times are Tuesday to Friday 8am till 10pm; Saturday 8am till 3pm with Saturday nights open for private functions. Sunday 8am to 3pm.
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