The Publican Bar & Grill is situated in the Southdowns Shopping centre in Irene, Pretoria and close to the John Vorster offramp. The Publican greets you with a contemporary mix of leather, stoned walls and an amazing fireplace that hypnotises you the moment you set foot through their doors.
I always say that it’s the small things that count when visiting any restaurant or eatery and here we can check all the boxes. From the light pink Orchid at reception, the copper light fittings and even the bathrooms are tastefully done. They surely didn’t skimp on anything when it comes to their decor.
The hostess immediately greets you with a smile and swiftly guide the way to your designated spot. Flowing through the restaurant you end up on the stoep (veranda) and are immediately taken aback by the view and the gazillion lights. (I’ve said it before, I’m a sucker for a good setting).
Tables are minimalist and well set and the darker tones on their furniture and black serviettes gives you a very ‘expensive’ or exclusive feel to what you are about to experience. Their waiting staff works as a team and you are informed on their wines and given drink options. I enjoyed a delightful deep red called Silver Myn from the Zorgvliet Wine Estate.
Immediately options on starters, mains and desserts were raised and I was impressed with the passion they show when explaining their menu options, from preparation to the moment it arrives on your plate. It’s infectious.
For starters I just HAD to enjoy the Thick Cut Bacon with fresh parsley salad. (By the way, the world is better because of Bacon). Delicious! Mains feature a New York strip steak, Black Angus Beef and was beautifully prepared. I would’ve like a bit more fries on the side though. To close the evening off, I enjoyed a delectable Eaton Mess and was engulfed with a sticky viscid meringue, berry coolie and cream. I was in heaven.
The Publican Bar & Grill gets it right and should be on your list if you are a meat-eater and enjoy lovely flame grilled meals. They also have good vegetarian options available. This eatery is a sure catalyst to an amazing evening filled with friends, great food and choice wine……… did I mention the view?? Go! Now!