When you live on this side of the boerewors curtain, you become used to the idea that you’re gonna have to travel to the South for decent halaal food. I am glad to say, “the times, they are a changin”. There has been a definite rise in the number of places going halaal in the Northern Suburbs and I am just licking my proverbial chops at the prospect of more places to try in my district. So saddle up for the latest addition to the northern repertoire. Saddles Steak Ranch is in town.
Saddles was the original Steak Ranch to hit the South African market back in the 80’s. And for a while they had a halaal branch in Claremont which eventually closed down. The brand seems to be having a bit of a revival of late with 2 other branches in Kenridge and Pinehurst and now a fully halaal branch in Bellville. We were there on a week night recently and it was fairly quiet. So when we were invited for a meal this Sunday we were caught off guard by how busy they were. We went for a late lunch Sunday afternoon at 2.30pm. If anyone had come for just a walk-in at that time they may have had a bit of a wait. Thankfully they do take reservations and you can book ahead.It’s a relaxed family friendly place with big comfy booth seating, plenty of space and a well set up play area for the kids. We ordered an orange juice which was quite big and a strawberry surprise from the small moctail selection, much like a strawberry daiquiri. It was good albeit a little small. Moctails are priced at R36. The menu covers burgers, steaks, ribs and even pizza. There are some fish and calamari options if you’re not that big on meat. They also do breakfast and have a typical selection of starters with a few additions to make it interesting. I didn’t order a starter this time but would love to go back to try the Spicy Nachos with Chilli con Carne, or the Biltong, Avo and Sweet Fig Salad. We opted for the Ladies Fillet and the very ambitious Rack, Stack and Pack! A burger that is easily about 20cm high. My little one, Taufeeq had eaten already so he was only interested in ice cream. And in truth, ice cream was promised ahead of time for good behaviour. The ice cream thankfully came very quickly, but good behaviour was nowhere in sight. But this is why we come to venues that can cater for high energy children (yes, that’s my soft serve for hyper-active ????). The kids play area for families with small children are a huge blessing. Today there were 2 parties being held while we were there, so the play area was chock a block.
Our food took some time to come but due to it being so busy it was understandable. When the food came we had reached the Sunday lull, and many of the lunch patrons had left so things had settled down quite a bit. The burger turned out to be a mountain that took some time to conquer but Z would not be bested by his food and persevered until he had shown the Rack Stack and Pack who was boss. Suffice it to say, after the layers of beef patty, guacamole, coleslaw, chicken, spiced beef and cheese he did not eat a thing for the rest of the day. My fillet was a rare accomplishment. There are few places that can get a medium to well done fillet steak just right. And I don’t say this because I was invited for this meal. They really nailed it. The steak was thoroughly cooked with just the barest glimmer of pink in the middle. And still juicy and tender. I was impressed. The chips were chunky cut and golden crisp, just how I like it with typical steak ranch style onion rings on the side. Both the burger and fillet come in at R129 each. That might sound like a lot for a burger but it was worth it. Their normal burgers do start at R69 and Gourmet Burgers at R109. Ribs start at R109 and Pizza at R59 for a Margerita. Most of the others were at about R90 or you can build your own.
I like that the nappy change area is separate from the toilets and they also have Salaah facilites. Service was friendly and efficient and waiters were very child friendly in general. On weekends they are very family focused and if you’re going at lunch or dinner you can expect lots of children. In the week, it’s a bit more tempered and they get patrons from the surrounding offices in the area. It’s really great to have good halaal options in the northern suburbs for a change. Now I can save petrol money for bigger steaks. My bathroom scale is very scared….. ????
Breakfast, Casual Dining, Children’s menu, Dinner, Lunch,
Medium | R100 - R300,