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Archive for September, 2017

Spring at Butcher Block: Get your summer body ready


Summer is creeping closer with each warmer, brighter morning. Living in South Africa means that summer generally involves a lot of beach time, lazy days at the pool, and outdoor activities. So, how are those shorts sitting on you now? A little tight after the winter hibernation and all-season long snack-down? Don’t worry if you feel like you need to shed a few centimetres, at Butcher Block we have taken the time to make sure there is something on our menu for everyone, even the foodies who need to watch that waistline. Let’s introduce you to the summer body ‘approved’ meal options on our menu.

Starting with starters: Salmon Sashimi

Salmon is a lean protein high in selenium and Omega-3 fatty acids. Butcher Block offers fresh Norwegian salmon, plane or seared with seven spice, toasted sesame seeds, ponzu, sesame oil, pickled ginger & soy as a healthy start to your meal. Get your appetite warmed up the right way!

Prawn and papaya salad

Indulge in a tropical delight! Sweet tooth? Fill up on a healthy prawn and papaya salad! Curb your need for sweet treats with this meal, it is filled with the natural vitamins and minerals that occur in fruit, combined with lean protein, keeping you nourished, and fuller for longer. Expect to enjoy plump prawns, sweet papaya, red onions, and crisp salad greens dressed with a fresh lime & ginger dressing. Give me some summer!

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Beach Salad

What could possibly support a hot, summer body better than a beach salad? The mixture of lively green leaves rich in phytonutrients combined with the lean protein of seafood gives you a salad like no other. Delicious grilled calamari, chicken strips, prawns, red onions & cucumber tossed in a sweet Thai chilli jam served on a bed of crispy spinach dressed with fresh lime wedges & coriander. This salad will satisfy your appetite and respect your waistline. Bring me that beach!

High Steaks

If you love a good steak, incorporate it into your healthy lifestyle. Sirloin cuts are great for individuals on a diet. Request it without basting and opt for a side salad or a baked potato instead of chips. Let your waiter know that you want diet-friendly options, we will be most accommodating! Satiate your hunger and watch the kilos melt away!

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Spring chickens: This ‘Flattie’ is fine fare!

For flatter tummies try a chicken flattie at Butcher Block. It’s char-grilled & basted with either lemon & herb, peri-peri or chimichurri sauce. Order it with lemon and herb for a lean, high protein meal. Add veg or salad on the side and keep your figure looking trim. Fill up on something delicious that nourishes each cell in our body. Bring me that bikini, I’ll have it with some summer rays!

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With love, from the ocean: Our Patagonian calamari tubes are lightly grilled in cajun spice, a tasty option if you want guilt-free indulgence. Add a side salad, a baked potato or veg and let the gifts of the ocean bust your hunger without adding to your waistline. Want to wine and dine out on a diet? Tuck into this fine fare.

For the love of sugar: Apple tart

We’re not saying you should eat apple tart and expect to shed the kilos, but we are saying that apple tart is the better dessert to have if you want to finish your meal on a sweet note with minimal repercussions. Apples are high in fibre and fairly low in sugar, and our apple tart contains poached apples baked in a sponge cake batter served hot or cold with fresh cream or vanilla ice-cream. Request yours without the cream or ice cream to keep the collateral minimal. Light, delicious and fruity!

Getting your body into the swing of things for summer doesn’t need to be difficult or restrictive. Simply swapping deep-fried or battered foods for grilled or baked options can make a monumental difference to your waistline, without any sacrifice from you. Swap chips for salad or veg, and if you are carb conscious, ask for sweet potato mash instead of regular mash.

Remember that good health is more important than ‘skinny’, and a good, healthy, happy skinny is best achieved over a longer period. Instant weight loss is usually temporary, whereas long term sustained weight loss is permanent. Lose weight slowly by making better food choices, the type of choices you can implement into your lifestyle permanently. At Butcher Block, we support healthier choices and will do our best to accommodate your food preferences! Pop in for a steak or a snack, visit our website and view our menu here: http://www.butcherblock.co.za/butcher-block-national-food-menu/

Heritage Day: Dish me something lekker and local

South Africa has a wide variety of dishes that are brimming with flavour to tantalise taste buds, and that is why we at Butcher Block are so proud to be part of this diverse nation! South African folks finding themselves somewhere abroad most commonly comment on how much they miss South African food. Our meat is more flavourful, our fruit is fresher (let’s be honest, many overseas countries have their fresh produce imported from – South Africa – believe me, we get it fresher!) and…anyone for biltong?

We are celebrating Heritage Day this month, and Butcher Block is featuring some proudly South African and truly Mmmmmmzansi meals on our menu.

Potjie Pot

This delicious slow-cooked dish traditionally contains meat, vegetables, and starches like rice or potatoes, slow cooked and flavoured with the distinctive flavouring of South Africa’s early culinary melting pot: Dutch Malay spices. Tuck into a plate of our perfect potjie at Butcher Block. Ask one of our friendly waitrons what flavour is potting today.

Pap, Wors and all the South African trimmings

Heritage Day

Love a home cooked meal? Nothing is ever as good as the food your mom makes (except the food your wife makes!) and if you feel like that authentic South African taste that warms your belly, order our grilled Boerewors. It’s served on a skewer, with African pap and chakalaka sauce. This proudly local dish tastes like home. Pop into any of our Butcher Block branches to enjoy this lekker dish

Biltong Pate

Is there a South African out there whose mouth doesn’t water even slightly hearing the word biltong? A national favourite and a tradition that is sure to continue, no Deritage Day would be complete with incorporating biltong one way or another. At Butcher Block, we give it to you in a pate with mushrooms and bacon, because flavour is lekker. Enjoy it with Melba toast, and raise a glass to Mzansi!

Springbok Fillet

Heritage Day

The proudest South African cut has to be a springbok fillet. Celebrate Heritage Day with this incredible meal: A venison fillet prepared perfectly to the South African palate, served with mushroom sherry demi glaze. Best game ever finished en klaar! Enjoy it with a pinot noir from your favourite winery.

Jalapeno and Biltong Burger

Heritage Day

A burger with a South African twist that is simply ncaaaa! Sink your teeth into a full, round hearty burger with emmenthal cheese, jalapeno & biltong sauce & sliced jalapenos. Butcher Block takes a well-loved classic (the burger), enjoyed by many nations, with the truly South African biltong twist. Also, this jalapeno burger has a bite to it!


A delight for the sweet tooth! Always the long wait to get to dessert. At Butcher Block, there’s no need to finish your veggies first, you can jump straight in with these koeksisters, they’re even better than your Ouma’s. Picture a delicious syrup infused dough, fried to perfection and served with a creamy vanilla ice-cream. The cold ice-cream balances the rich sweetness perfectly to give you a treat that is so lekker, you might just write home about it.

Malva Pudding

Heritage Day

Leading you further astray into the temptations of sweetness, we bring you malva pudding. What is more traditional than your aunties malva pudding at Christmas time? In South Africa, it’s  a household-given! Drenched in sweet, syrupy goo, our malva pudding is prepared Cape Malay style and served with your choice of fresh cream or ice-cream.

We invite you to step out in style this Heritage Day and celebrate it with the family. Try something new, or dig into an old favourite. Our diverse culture has so many hidden gems in their culinary ammo, you could try something new year on Heritage Day and never run out of new ground to cover! Wine and dine South Africa style at Butcher Block, we promise to satisfy even the most ravenous appetite!