Supper last night at The Local Grill in Woodstock, an affiliate of Parktown North operation that has won the The Wolftrap Steakhouse Championships two years running.
My Greenfields free-range 300g sirloin with shoestring chips (R169) and Bearnaise sauce (R31) and beer-battered onions (R31) was good, so good that it ideally deserved a better wine list.
We opted for the Diemersdal Shiraz 2013 – expensive at R207 a bottle given that we’re talking about a wine one year from vintage which sells for R75 a bottle from the farm.
On reflection, however, it occurred to me that for those trying to keep a new restaurant in business, it probably doesn’t make a lot of sense to fuss about the wine list. On the contrary, those umbrellas, ice-buckets and “emoluments” in exchange for listings must be just about impossible to turn down…