There are no prizes for guessing what’s on the menu at the Red Ox Steakhouse in Vanrhynsdorp. The clue is in the name.
At this carnivore’s paradise the relaxing interior is famous for its collection of Walter Meyer abstract and landscape paintings – the largest in the land. And of note is that every Sunday, people come from far and wide to enjoy their mighty breakfast and lunch buffets.
On the starter list, effusive accolades pour in for the super-tender grilled skaapstertjies (lamb tails). Charred lime provides counterpoint and a garlicky red wine sauce lubricates. Accompanied by tartare sauce and herb mayo, bacon-wrapped crumbed mushrooms slide down the throat silky-smooth with its caramelised onion and camembert filling. Each bite crunches then melts.
The Red Ox does steaks like Rome does churches – any which way you want. They have the good stuff. The cuts are tops and the quality of the ingredients inspire poetry. All meat on the bone is served with a cheeky braaibroodjie (barbecued cheese, tomato and onion sandwich) and a potato salad draped with mustard-mayo. How’s that for offbeat style?
For something more intriguing as mains, the pan-fried Fillet Flambé is flared with brandy and topped with luscious green fig preserve and dollops of creamy blue cheese. Satisfyingly buttery cheese sauce completes the dish. Oh, and then there’s a citrus pork belly – crisp and infused with cider and aniseed. Yes, of course it comes with mashed potatoes and home-made sweet mustard sauce.
To bring out the child in you, conclude with an authentic ginger pudding and a richly smooth custard.
Book: 027 219 2828; R27, Erf 52&54