The sleepy town of Sedgefield on the Garden Route is home to several good restaurants, including unassuming Montecello Restaurant, which is always a popular choice with the locals.
Ask anyone in the town which dish you simply must have when dining there, and the answer is unequivocal: Montecello is famous for the juiciest, tastiest espetadas – the kind that will inspire you to return again and again.
Espetada is a typical Portuguese dish made of big chunks of marinated steak that is skewered onto a spike and cooked over the coals or on the grill. It is typically presented vertical, always making for a bit of a show-stopper at the table and no doubt inducing no small degree of diner envy in the process.
My husband, Salvelio, and I spent a weekend in Sedgefield recently and, since he was in the mood for something meaty, Montecello was top of our list.
He put his order in first. You guessed it: espetada. Here’s where I’m still kicking myself. Instead of ordering one too, I chose another dish. You see, when reviewing a restaurant the whole idea is to choose different mains so you can share a more diverse experience with the reader.
The result? I sat salivating for half an hour while picking half-heartedly at my order while Salvelio piled into his ode to meat with gusto – garlic butter dripping delectably off the chunks of steak onto the generous bowl of chips below. It all sounds very carnivorous, I know, but if that’s what you’re in the mood for, you absolutely will not be disappointed.
Try it with a bottle of Creation Whale Pod red from Walker Bay and you will be talking about this very merry match for a long time afterwards, just as Salvelio is.
What can I say about my dish – sweet and sour chicken strips with rice? It was absolutely fine. Nice even.
But how can it possibly compare? All I can say is go to Montecello and have the espetada.
Bookings are advised since the restaurant is usually packed, especially at the weekend.
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044 343 1780 / 082 373 2738