There are few things in life that beat comfort food. Luckily, I don’t hold tight to set rules of what comfort food is and can indulge equally in a sushi buffet, a big steak, or a massive bowl of pasta with the same happy after effect.

There’s a new kid on the proverbial block that provides all the best food for the ultimate comfort, and that’s Purveyor Steakhouse & Pizzeria at The Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock.

Purveyor Steakhouse & Pizzeria Chef Justin Joubert

Head Chef Justin Joubert

Purveyor Steakhouse & Pizzeria Interior

The restaurant features a cosy interior …

Purveyor Steakhouse & Pizzeria Exterior

… and some courtyard space

Purveyor Steakhouse & Pizzeria

Menu & Prices

Taking over the space that used to be Burrata, where I once had a 1987 bottle of red wine, a moment which I’ll forever treasure, Purveyor aims to continue the Italian legacy that Burrata had set with a few new twists of their own.

Headed up by Chef Justin Joubert, the Purveyor team aims to provide a menu that’s simple and unique with delightful flavours.

It caters to everyone who may come visit, from vegans to steak fanatics to seafood lovers and pizza die-hards.

On the menu, you’ll find a good selection of classic starters, salads, prawns, Neapolitan pizza, steaks, and dessert options.

Prices average at R75 for starters, R100 for salads, R140 a pizza, and R160 for steaks.

Many dishes have been created as sharing dishes, a concept which is becoming all the more popular. Though, in my personal opinion, you wouldn’t want to share the food at Purveyor – because it’s just so good.

Steak Tartare

This creamy steak tartare is very gentle in flavour

Beef-fat-glazed focaccia

You’ll find heaven in the beef-fat-glazed focaccia

The I Love Foodies Tasting

I attended the Purveyor Steakhouse & Pizzeria media launch and sampled a few of their dishes — and I was thoroughly impressed.

While it’s true that I often eat amazing food, it’s quite seldom that I get blown away at media launches. They’re more about the mixing and mingling and getting to know the place than being wowed by the food.

But Purveyor did this right by focusing on the food. Of course, there was some mixing and mingling but the real stars of the show were Chef Justin’s creations.

I’ll walk you through a few of my favourite dishes:

Skirt steak tartare (R75)

“Skirt steak, aioli, Cantonese dressing, crispy sage, served with beef fat glazed focaccia”

I happen to really like steak tartare but it certainly isn’t for everyone.

If you’re a newbie, then the Purveyor steak tartare is a good choice.

It’s quite rich and creamy with a very gentle flavour and not nearly as overwhelmingly powerful as other steak tartare dishes I’ve had.

I really, really liked it.

But even if you end up hating the tartare, you’ll want to order this dish purely for the beef-fat-glazed focaccia.

Soft, fluffy, and utterly delicious — this is some heavenly goodness filled with pure endorphins.

Side note: Purveyor has a vegan tartare of king oyster mushroom (R70) on their menu, which I’m only too excited to try the next time I visit.

Thai-style butter prawns

The Thai-style Vannamei prawns are amazing

Neopolitan pizza

Neopolitan pizza

Vannamei queen prawns (R99 for 6, R190 for 12, R360 for 24)

“Thai-style flavoured butter, lime and tamarind dressing, fresh coriander & chilli, served with focaccia”

There’s also a more traditional option with garlic & lemon butter if you don’t dare to venture into the Thai territory.

But you’d be missing out.

I’ve always loved prawns. I’ve always loved Thai food. But this Thai-style prawn dish excited my tastebuds in a way they’ve never been excited before.

It. Was. That. Good.

I’m only a little embarrassed to say that I used all of the focaccia to scoop up every last drop of sauce — and I’m so not sorry.

The focaccia that comes with the prawns doesn’t have that beef fat goodness of the tartare focaccia (for good reason) but it’s still insanely soft and fluffy and perfect with the dish.

I think after these two dishes, I was already on such a foodie high that I instantly fell in love with Purveyor.

Veggie Neopolitan pizza (R125)

“Mozzarella, parmesan, aubergine, caramelised onion, mushrooms”

I’m as vegetarian as a cheetah and wouldn’t necessarily order a veggie pizza by choice but I’m still glad I had this.

Finding a good pizza can be hard, and I can’t remember the last time I had a dough as delightful as the one at Purveyor.

And, yes, delightful is the aptest word.

Charred baby gem

Have you ever charred your baby gem?

Charred Baby Gem Salad

The charred baby gem salad is full of flavour

The Charred Baby Gem salad (R90)

“Charred baby gem, balsamic glazed tomato, toasted almonds, shaved parmesan, pickled red onion, house vinaigrette”

I’m not a salad girl, either. While I do obviously enjoy a good salad and am a fan of the veggies, I’ll probably never be the girl that orders a salad at a restaurant.

But this charred baby gem salad may just have changed my mind.

Or, if you’re doing a sharing meal with friends and family, then this salad definitely has to be part of it.

The charred flavour really makes the difference. As South Africans, anything that’s even remotely charred probably makes it into our good books, but this is certainly the most unique charred dish I’ve ever had.

And I was pleasantly surprised at how well it works.

Steak

Purveyor also has a huge selection of steaks

Purveyor Steakhouse BonBons

BonBons are an unusual but fantastic dessert option

The I Love Foodies Verdict

Yes, Purveyor stole my heart and, yes, I definitely want to be heading back.

Top of my list is that steak tartare (ok, the beef-fat-glazed focaccia), the Thai-style prawn dish, and that charred baby gem salad.

If I fit in a pizza or a steak, that’d be great.

But that would probably mean I’d have to share the other dishes and I’m not sure I want to do that.

Talk about foodie problems.

Visit Purveyor Steakhouse & Pizzeria

If you do one thing over the next few weeks, I’d recommend it’s visiting Purveyor Steakhouse & Pizzeria.

It’s an unforgettable dining experience.

All the details below.

Purveyor Steakhouse & Pizzeria

Address: The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Road, Woodstock

Opening Times: Tuesday – Saturday (11:00 -15:00 & 18:00 – 21:30)

E-mail: bookings@purveyorrestaurant.co.za

Call: +27 214476505

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Written by Benike Palfi
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Article Date: December 2020

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