What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “Butcher Block”?
Immediately, I start thinking of a wooden chopping board, placed in a busy kitchen. Chefs with Tom Selleck – like mustaches yelling at staff and steam billowing from pots against the white tile walls. A huge butcher’s knife lying next to the board and on the board is a square slab of meat.
Thankfully, I have an overactive imagination and that scene was far from my experience upon walking into Butcher Block on Florida Road. In fact, I was rather pleasantly surprised at the high ceilings, glass doors, and natural lightning that flowed through the restaurant.
Upon walking in, I noticed that to the right, the restaurant was split into a lower seating section with a fully stocked bar and on the left was a wood floor, with hanging exposed lightning, brick wall back and open glass sliding doors, which led out onto the street.
The area had a flow to it. People moved easily between the spaces and there wasn’t any feeling of rushed orders or unsettled staff or managers having mini breakdowns. Which by the way is very easy to spot when you have 10 years experience in the industry under your belt.
We were quickly seated at a table of our choosing, granted it was mid-afternoon and not a busy day. Brandon and I, sat as close to the outdoor seating as possible, both my friend and I have a love for natural lighting.
We ordered red wine to go with our meal, which didn’t take long to arrive at the table as we looked through the menu.
We decided to both choose something different for our individual mains and then to share a dessert. Which ended up being a fantastic idea as we both got to experience how the chefs handled their number one produce – meat. And how they cooked their fish.
Brandon ordered the Prawns and I want for a Camembert & Bacon burger with a green pepper sauce and a biltong and mustard sauce that was offered to us to try.
As someone who’s not exactly sauce crazy, I can say I have been happily converted to the appeal of peppercorn sauce from Butcher Block. And let me tell you, I went ALL out on the burger.
- A Beautifully grilled beef burger
- Fresh and crispy buns
- & Gherkins
If I was going to have a burger at Butcher Block, I was going to do it properly.
And that I did.
Brandon’s meal was also a hit, the prawns had quite a fiery bite to them, which was a nice change from the usual, bland rubbery fishy dishes, we are usually served in the city.
In fact, whenever I am down the South Coast (which is a lot), I tend to only order fish meals and sushi, as it’s so fresh. I find most of the places I have tried fish dishes in the center of town, aren’t all that much to write home about.
Brandon got in there, elbows deep, lemon sauce and all. They were butterfly prawns, grilled and then topped with Lemon butter, Garlic butter, and Peri Peri sauce. I don’t blame anyone who gets in there.
Oh, and yes, I loved that serving tray.
After some catching up, a lot of laughing and a walk around the restaurant, we discovered they had an amazing outside seating area for upcoming summer evenings.
The outside seating area, with lounge-like sofas and a huge bonfire “pan”, is a great place to hang out with friends after work or on a weekend afternoon.
Of course, the next order of business was dessert. And with us both craving something sweet we decided on, The Chocolate Gooey Brownies.
Before you say anything about these being average brownies, let me stop you right there and tell you what they had in them.
- Triple Chocolate Brownies
- Melted Marshmallows
- Fresh Whipped Cream
- & Vanilla Ice Cream.
So, I’ll just leave you with those amazing visuals.
I’m not going to try to convince you to try it, there is quite sufficient evidence of the awesomeness above.
We had a lovely afternoon at Butcher Block. It was a beautifully sunny day, the venue manages to be easy going & classy at the same time. I would happily pop in for lunch and drinks with the ladies, or meet a potential business client for a meeting.
The food was really good, no complaints from my side at all, in regards to what we ate.
The venue is clean, the staff was immaculate in dress and appearance.
Speaking of which the staff gets a 10/10 for their impressive service and knowledge on their menu and wine list.
And noise levels were managed well. The design in building made for an intimate feel without being on top of each other’s conversations and while you can sit with open doors, the noise doesn’t drift in from outside.
Thank you so much Butcher Block for hosting us, we had a lovely time and a delicious meal.
And As Always……..