The Founder’s Grill: Why didn’t I find this sooner?



Founder's Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

A number of weeks ago, Justin Griesel – marketing man from Zomato, sent me one of those e-mails which only comes around once so often.

“Dear Lia,” he started off. ” As one of thr regular users of Zomato, we are pleased to offer you the attached voucher which will give you R200 off your next meal at the Founder’s Grill on Ontdekkers.”

Not bring from that part of the world,  I was intrigued and excited to have the opportunity to have somewhere new to try – somewhere that I’d never even heard of. Our dear friends – Darryl Gray  (owner of the Henry George Gallery in Parkhurst) and his husband, Hendrik Kruger – live near the restaurant so we called them up, suggesting a meet-up, and off we went.

The Founder’s Grill is on the very busy corner of Ontdekkerw and Gordon roads, so if the traffic lights aren’t in your favour you could very easily miss it. However, the restaurant is very well sign-posted so we had ample warning about where it was. Parking is a bit of a challenge as you have to park in front of the restaurant on the sidewalk and reverse into the busy Gordon Road when you want to leave but there are car guards to watch your car.

The menu is good and wholesome and has items on it that you won’t necessarily see in your more haute cuisine restaurants. For example, for starters I had what they called calamari devils, which were basically deep-friwd squid heads with a sweet chilli dipping sauce on the side. Although a mouthful, and not very elegant, to eat – incredibly delicious (and very un-Banting)…


What was definitely the star of the show was their fillet! I had a 200g fillet, done rare, that was so juicy! In my mind, it was done to perfection!  It’s very rarely – pun intended – that restaurants cook a good rare steak: it’s either overdone or not cooked – and becomes steak tartar. Thus was just incredible!


Founder’s Grill isn’t badly priced. For four of us – starters, mains, two beers, two bottles of wine and 4 nightcaps – the billl came to R1400 with tip.

So if you’re in the Weltevreden neck of the woods, and you feel like a piece of really good steak, I’d highly recommend the Founder’s Grill!