Carne SA , owned by Giorgio Nava who also owns 95 on Kerom, The Mozarella Bar and Cafe Milano and has just recently won the best Pasta dish in the World Championships, has just become my favorite place to eat steak, as the name suggests Carne is Italian for Meat and that's what you will find here in well aged abundance.
The restaurant itself is very "cool" slick, New York Italian style, set almost underground in a basement or cellar with concrete walls and minimalist furniture you feel like you have entered another world or almost secret society.
Surrounded by Carne from the minute you walk through the door and see the cuts hanging in the refrigerator to the massive platter of all the choices on offer, brought to your table where the expertly trained waiter explains how the meats are cooked and the sauces which accompany. You will be spoilt for choice or do as I do... plan another visit to try the other unusual cuts like Hanger steak and their new cut, Flat Iron steak, some are made to share and some are charged by weight.
We decided to have the La Fiorentina which is basically a really large T-Bone steak, aged for 24 months, cooked on the bone imparting large amounts of flavour then served carved, it comes with two side dishes of your choice, chips, broccoli, spinach or salad.
Perfectly cooked this was possibly the best beef we have eaten in Cape Town to date, simply done as only the Italians can, seasoned with salt and pepper, three mustards on the side, stylishly plated on black slate plates, I have to say it was delicious.
There are a few dishes for the vegetarians, I had the Polenta Gnocchi to start, drenched in Gorgonzola Cream which was really tasty and I have been for drinks and snacks where we were served Bresaola topped with Parmesan and olive oil and the most moreish breadsticks wrapped in Proscuitto, just writing this review makes me want to go back for my next fix of Carne done Italian style of course. Having recently won #Beststeakhouse on EAT out you cant go wrong.
Fiorentina was R350 with 2 sides and feeds two comfortably.
70 Keerom Street
021 424 3460
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