The busy Belgravia road is one of the most popular halaal food strips in Cape Town. The Butcher’s wife is a new addition but mostly in name only. This casual eatery has been re-invented from the franchise based Italian pizzeria that it was before and is now an on trend little stop for pizza, pasta’s and grills.
They used to be a St Elmo’s which was bought over by another big Italian franchise which uses electric pizza ovens instead of clay ovens. To their great credit, the owners would not cave to the electric ovens and decided instead to re-brand with a new and improved offering. They still bring you clay oven pizzas and Italian pastas but now also offer burgers, grills and even prawns. We popped in late one weekday evening. They were quiet save for one other table. I really like the blue walls and dark wood rustic tables. The decor would make this place really trendy if it was situated in Cape Town CBD or Greenpoint.
The counter dominates the one side of the store where you can come and collect your phone in order, but we were shown to a table and sat down to order. We opted for the Masala Steak Pizza and Basil and Pesto Pasta. The pizza was delicious. The masala flavour was spicy and tasty without being too hot and the crust was thin and crispy. My pasta flavour was good and the sauce creamy. I found the chicken was chopped up too small and was a bit like mince instead of cubes. But I enjoyed the flavour. I really liked the crockery that that the food was served in. The blue pattern on the off white stoneware added to the rustic appeal of the decor. It was nice that they chose non-generic serving ware. It gives the restaurant that bit more of its own character.
The carrot cake we chose to share for afters was just perfect. Moist and delicious with a rich cream cheese topping. I also tried a new milkshake on the menu they had just added. A Caramel Popcorn gourmet shake. I honestly did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did. The popcorn flavour really came through and they use actual popcorn blended in to the shake so if you don’t like texture in your shake, give this one a miss, but I loved it. It could have been presented a bit more artfully though perhaps in those mason jars that are so popular for milkshakes now but the classic conical milkshake glass did not take anything away from the flavour.
Prices are pretty much on par for what you pay at most pizza places. Our meal in total for 2 including drinks, coffee and a dessert to share came to R230. They have a lengthy list of pizzas that I am keen to try but I will be happy to go back just for that masala steak pizza.
Casual Dining, Dinner, Lunch,
Cheap | Under R100, Medium | R100 - R300,