1 Balham Station Road, Balham, London SW12 9SG
- Balham Station (0.1 km)
- Tooting Bec Station (1.0 km)
- Balham Rail Station (<0.1 km)
- Wandsworth Common Station (0.8 km)
- Contact us:
020 8673 9099
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13 reviews of Cattle Grid in English
Been here a couple of times, mainly for the benefit of my fiance who is a big meat eater. Overall its OK, but not a place i'd specifically go out to eat at. Obviously if your not a big meat eater, this is not the place to go!
Been to Cattle Grid a good few times, and every time has been a pleasure food is delivered quickly. Last time i was there, i had a lovely house beef burger. They are what i would call a proper burger, meat that is truly succulent and cooked exactly how you want, the side salad was fresh and crispy and perfect, i will go there again and again its just one of them good places you cant stop going to. The atmosphere is good, the staff are fun and professional, happy to engage you in conversation and leave you alone. Its obvious they are good hosts knowing where to draw the line of not being overly friendly, just keeping it professional.
My favourite restaurant!!!!
The food is simple and delicious! Good quality meat served with fresh hand cut chips, and watercress. The sauces are all great too.
The service is laid back and the guys are always friendly.
All in all a value for money evening out with friends or partner.
Went here for a quick lunch on Saturday afternoon; in January, they have a special promotion where their house burger is £5 - normally its £6.50 I think.
Anyways, service was curt but not very friendly, and the food was so-so. When I took out the toothpick in the burger, part of the patty fell apart and out of the burger! Clearly something that is a no-no for a burger - make sure the patty sticks together during cooking and when its served. You can't have the meat falling apart!
I was surprised that I wasn't asked how I wanted the meat in the burger cooked - it came out extremely well done, and I prefer a more juicy medium. Inside, it had the obligatory tomato and greens, as well as a few slices of onions... instead of rings... which meant that the centre of the burger had lots of onions, the rest of the burger did not.
I also ordered chunky chips on the side, which were ok, but not crispy enough and were quite greasy.
I visited the bathroom at the end - it had a very strong smell, and the sink had spots of what looked like mould growing in the stone bowl!
Reviewed by The London Insider
Cattlegrid is what Bodeans used to be before it got too big and corporate. Really good food at reasonable prices, served in a bustling restaurant by friendly staff. But this is a meat restaurant for meat fans - don't bring veggies, and bear in mind that there are no fancy things like desserts here - it's all about the cow.
The steaks are what the menu is created around they're pretty great. Pick your cut (there's a guide on the walls if you're unsure) and get it cooked to your taste. I like that they only come with a small portion of chips and some salad leaves, instead of a million and one trimmings. You can order all kinds of sides and extras if you want (boyfriend loves the haggis) but for me the steak is enough. As far as I'm concerned, once you've eaten half a cow, the last thing you want is a mountain of carbs to top it off.
Last time I went I wasn't really hungry enough to order steak, so I decided to give the pulled pork sandwich a go. In terms of portion size, this was possibly a mistake (it's basically a huge plate of meat) but I don't think I'll ever be having a steak again because this was too good - definitely the menu's hidden treasure!
This is definitely worth a visit if you crave steak on a budget (it's not dirt cheap but neither is it The Hawksmoor). Balham locals should keep their eye on their letterboxes for offers - we get loads through our door.
After an afternoon of steady drinking, I was keen to get a decent feed under my belt and this restaurant definitely delivered! It was recommended by a friend who raved about the burgers being better than GBK. Keen to find out if this bold statement was true, I ordered the beef burger with brie and it was incredible! Cue a massive serving with a truckload of rough cut, skin-on fries thrown in. For less than £10, it was a bargain! Not to mention the service, which was laidback and super friendly.
It's worth noting that Mondays are 2-4-1 burgers and Tuesdays proffer a very generous £10 steak deal. My new favourite!
Always willing to give the benefit so I have tried this restaurant three times having three different dishes – it has got steadily worse. Ribs were nice, sirloin was ok and the ribeye was poor, neither steak was cooked to requirements, and the prawns on the surf and turf were the worst I have had anywhere. So, Steak with poor trimmings and consistent failings in service for £20 ahead before drink. My suggestion would be to try the burger or try somewhere else.
Pretty new addition to the long list of Balham eateries, The Cattleshed is a welcome one for me. Because it does Steak. Pretty much only steak. The first indication of this is the enormous fake cow stuck outside, as if to say, ‘come in, eat my friends!’
The steak inside is really good. You get to choose weight cut and how you want it cooked, and with it’s laid-back diner-ish feel they can afford to keep the prices reasonable, which they do. Not a place for a romantic meal for two, but for a group of lads out for a bite, it’s hard to beat it.
This is perhaps the best steak I have ever had in London.
Visited yesterday evening with my partner.
I had the 10oz rump, medium rare, topped with haggis. He had the 10oz sirloin, also medium, with a bernaise sauce. Both arrived cooked to perfection and beautifully seasoned. The haggis was irony and meaty, the bernaise a little thick, but full of flavour.
Steaks are accompanied with a watercress salad and hand-made chips, which were delicious.
In addition, we ordered a selection of sides; onion strings, coleslaw, spinach and green beans. We also had a bottle of rioja.
When you enter, you’re seated and presented with the menu. You then go to the counter to order food and drinks. You also pay at this stage.
Steaks cost around £10-£12 on average. There is also a selection of burgers and ribs, with a takeaway menu. Sides cost £2.50. It’s entirely possible to eat quite cheaply here, the bulk of the expense can come from the wine.
Staff are friendly and attentive, though not intrusive.
In conclusion, the meal was absolutely out of this world and I will definitely be visiting the restaurant again.
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