ROCKIN’ THE RIB-JOINT: RJ’s Steakhouse arrives with a tasty family menu


I recently learnt that a new family-focussed restaurant franchise - RJ’s Steakhouse, had entered the Port Elizabeth culinary space. Also known as the Rib Joint, RJ’s started in the KwaZulu-Natal before expanding to East London and now into the bay. Knowing so little about this new establishment, I decided to try it out on a recent lunch break with a work colleague.

We had no idea of what to expect from the RJ’s menu besides steaks and burgers - we were pleasantly surprised! RJ’s has a very unique yet affordable family menu.

For starters, we could not decide on their many options of nachos, chicken livers, chicken wings, calamari and tempura-battered prawns amongst others. We eventually ordered calamari-tubes stuffed with Danish-feta and pepadews, fried in a garlic-butter sauce and served with savoury rice – we promptly tucked in the minute they arrived at our table and enjoyed them very much!

As our main course, we decided to put their tempting hamburger options to the test! The menu included Lamb, Pork-rib and Boerewors burgers – which I had never heard of. I decided to try their cheese burger with mushroom sauce, while my colleague ordered their beef burger with avocado, bacon and cheese.

I can highly recommend RJ’s burgers. The 150g patties were plump, spiced and grilled to perfection and served on a fresh bun with garnish and a generous side order of chips. Unfortunately, we had no more space for dessert and our lunch hour had run out.

Being a steakhouse, RJ’s excels with their steaks which are made from perfectly-aged AAA beef-cuts and served with equally appetising sauces – some of which were new to me. I am eager to try their mussel as well as their creamy-shrimp and white wine sauces, the next time.

Besides a char-grilled section which includes lamb-shank, lamb and pork chops, RJ’s serves seafood and chicken dishes which are complemented by a good wine and beverage menu.

Moreover, at RJ’s you can make your own meal combos including the famed bunny chows which can be served as a curry and rice. They are the only local steakhouse that I know of who have this Durbanite cuisine on their menu!

If you are wanting to enjoy tasty and affordable food and excellent service in a family-friendly setting, try RJ’s Steakhouse at the Summerbreeze Spar Centre at 10 Admiralty Way in Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, or call 041 583 6496.