Steakhouse voted fifth-best in country
IF YOU are looking for the best steak in town, head on over to The Cricketer at the 2 Swans Estate, voted the fifth best at this year's Wolftrap Steakhouse competition.
The Wolftrap Steakhouse Championships 2017 saw over 150 steakhouses competing with each other to become South Africa’s steakhouse champion. In the first round during May, the public seeded the field by voting, via Facebook, for their favourite steakhouse. The top 10 finalists, as voted by the public, were then visited unannounced during June by expert judges, led by well-known MasterChef personality, Pete Goffe-Wood. They were assessed according to a strict score-sheet that focused on the steak on the plate, as well as looking at side dishes and the quality of the hospitality. Ultimately, it was debut entrant Rare Grill in Kenilworth that claimed top honours. The runner-up, Little Havana from Umhlanga Rocks was the winner in 2015, and in third place, The Local Grill from Parktown North, has an incredible three titles to its name. The Godfather in Centurion, Pretoria was fourth with The Cricketer in fifth.
When Alison and husband Tyron Henderson opened the restaurant in 2009, little did they know that six years later they were going to be voted the best steakhouse in the Eastern Cape, be the sixth in South Africa last year and this year fifth-best steakhouse in the country. “We are extremely proud of our achievement in the Wolftrap Steakhouse Competition,” Alison said.
The competition is a blend of public involvement and expert arbitration and the winner is therefore not only very good, but also a public favourite.
“Our staff are amazing and we work well like a family [at our restaurant],” she said.
“We don't compromise on quality. “That's why people keep coming back for more and our prices are quite reasonable,” said the former Warriors and South African cricket player, Tyron. He represented the country in a T20 international against India in 2006 and also played for the Rajastan Royals in the Indian Premier League.
The couple agreed that coming fifth felt fantastic because they were competing with big restaurants from bigger cities such as Cape Town and Johannesburg. “We are very passionate about our food and we age our steaks. “We only serve fresh vegetables; we make everything our own, that is our secret,” Alison said.
The Wolftrap Steakhouse Championships is proud to celebrate South African steakhouses and thanks them for all the hard work,” read a statement from the competition organisers.
The Wolftrap Steakhouse Championships results are: 1. Rare Grill, Kenilworth 2. Little Havana, Umhlanga Rocks (2015 Champion)
3. The Local Grill, Parktown North (2013, 2014 and 2016 Champion)
4. The Godfather, Centurion, Pretoria 5. The Cricketer, East London 6. Beef Boys Grill, Potchefstroom 7. HQ, Cape Town 8. Karoo Cattle and Land, Irene, Pretoria
9. Jayz Grill, Pietermaritzburg
10. The Grumpy Griller, George
‘We are extremely proud of our achievement in the Wolftrap Steakhouse Competition’
REAPING REWARDS: The Cricketer eatery situated at the 2 Swans Estate, has been voted the fifth-best steakhouse in South Africa and the best in the province. At the award presentation in the Wolftrap Steakhouse Championships are, from left, Pete Goffe-Wood (celebrity chef and head judge), Jordyn Williams and Marc Nelson (The Cricketer, East London) and JP Rossouw (convenor of the competition)