Taste & Tell

Which supermarket's sirloin steak should be the star of your meal?

To help you buy the best, we put juicy steaks from five major retailers to the taste test

10 February 2019 - 00:00
Tip: don’t salt your steak well in advance of cooking as this draws out the flavoursome juices.
Tip: don’t salt your steak well in advance of cooking as this draws out the flavoursome juices.
Image: 123RF/karepastock

HOW WE CONDUCTED OUR TASTE TEST

IT'S FREE AND FAIR!

The Taste & Tell series is a monthly feature where the same or similar supermarket items are put to a taste test by a panel; we gather a different group of people to be part of the panel for each tasting. (This one was made up of chefs from Capsicum Culinary Studio in Randburg, Joburg.)

A theme for each tasting is selected by Sunday Times food editor Hilary Biller, who goes out and shops as a consumer would.

The tasting takes place at a facility that offers a professional kitchen and a room where the panel can evaluate the food.

We work with chefs who assist with any preparation that's necessary;  reheating and cooking is done strictly to package instructions. Items are categorised, numbered and stripped of all their packaging before being served. A food expert in the kitchen oversees the entire process.

The tasters undertake a blind tasting and the food is judged on a score sheet and is rated according to appearance, taste, quality of ingredients and whether the taster would consider buying the product. Each category is judged out of 10 points: 10 is excellent, 5 average and 1 extremely poor.

An auditor checks each score sheet and collates the results.

THE RESULTS

FIRST PLACE: WOOLWORTHS

Our Butcher Beef sirloin steak

Price: R169.99 per kg.

What the judges said:

  • Pierre: Very nice tender steak, beautifully marbled and good amount of fat.
  • Awande: Beautiful piece of meat, fantastic quality.
  • Yolanda: I enjoyed every bite.
  • Andrew: Extremely tasty.
  • Tyrone: Great taste, very tender , fat quality good. quality.

SECOND PLACE: PICK N PAY

Butcher's Promise, 28 days lazy aged Porterhouse steak

Price: R149.99 per kg.

From top: sirloin steak from Woolworths, Pick n Pay, Spar, Checkers and Food Lover's Market.
From top: sirloin steak from Woolworths, Pick n Pay, Spar, Checkers and Food Lover's Market.
Image: Christoph Hoffman

What the judges said:

  • Yolanda: Tender, sweet and juicy.
  • Andrew: A little on the tough side but good.
  • Tyrone: Nice and juicy.
  • Pierre: Good, tender and nice flavour.
  • Awande: A fairly good steak.

THIRD PLACE: SPAR

The Steak Co. Class A Sirloin

Price: R119.99 per kg.

What the judges said:

  • Pierre: Good steak, beautiful size and tenderness.
  • Yolanda: An average steak.
  • Andrew: Good flavour.
  • Tyrone: Average, a bit on the chewy side.
  • Awande: Lovely piece of meat.

FOURTH PLACE: CHECKERS

Steakhouse Classic Porterhouse, Class A Local Beef 

Price: R100 per kg.

What the judges said:

  • Awande: Average steak, Good for a braai.
  • Yolanda: OK, but nothing exciting about it.
  • Andrew: Not bad, but not as good as some of the others.
  • Tyrone: OK.

FIFTH PLACE: FOOD LOVER'S MARKET

Porterhouse steak

Price: R89.99 per kg.

What the judges said:

  • Pierre: Good size, bit sinewy and could be more tender.
  • Awande: Acceptable steak.
  • Yolanda: I found the steak dry and a bit chewy.
  • Tyrone: Above average.
  • Nico: Nice thick cut, average flavour.

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