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Headquarters HQ

Cost
R170 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Special occasions
Food
Modern, Steak, Tapas
Payment
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Food
If you’re only offering one food option – with one minor, and costly, variation – then that one option needs to be prepared and presented perfectly. And, sadly, that was not the case with our visit to HQ. Diners get a simple salad of lettuce, pine nuts and parmesan shavings with a mustard vinaigrette. Only iceberg leaves, no cos with ours, and the vinaigrette is overpowered by too much acidic vinegar. The parmesan was high quality.

For mains the offering is sirloin – either local at R198 or Australian Angus at R395 – with Café de Paris butter and shoestring fries. The steak (local) was cooked perfectly to order, but the meat was drier than desirable. The Café de Paris butter was blander than I remember from previous, happier, visits – dominated by the green herbs.

The crème brûlée was an excellent finish, though. There is also a tapas menu, but that can only be enjoyed at the bar or in the lounge. There are options like marinated chicken skewers, foraged wild mushrooms, and triple cooked pork belly cubes.

Drinks
The regular wine list is modest in ambition, but there is a reserve list that has some interesting options, albeit at an eye-moistening price. Many patrons opt for one of the excellent craft beers or choose from the extensive cocktail list.

Service
Efficient and cordial. HQ can get crowded and the staff are adept at manoeuvring their way through the narrow table alignment.

Ambience
It’s not a venue for intimate conversation – the house music is a few decibels too loud for that, and there is usually a very festive buzz from one of the many events that take place in the lounge. The party atmosphere usually prevails.

And...
Management is inventive with special offers, so watch out for those.

(September 2016)

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User reviews

  • I always love the steak and bottomless chips at HQ!
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  • Went to HQ for their "Date Night Special". Utterly disappointing. First of all I booked a table for 2 for 8h30pm. The table we were seated at was so awkward, we were upstairs, in-between a row of empty tables. We eventually asked to be moved to an an alone standing table by the corner. We just figured that they should have thought to do this themselves when reserving our table in the first place as to make it more comfortable. Then our steaks were under-cooked and raw. Our waiter apologised and got us our proper medium rare-steaks, which was really good I must say. Their sauce I must say is-to-die-for as well. They also sadly forgot to serve us our 2 free glasses of red wine during the evening. ***There is no live entertainment during "Date Night"sadly.
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  • First time at HQ, on the 18/09/2017, even though it’s been around forever. ---------------------------- Overall, I did enjoy the salad tremendously as well as the only main that you have - steak and chips with a lovely buttery sauce. As I believe in doing my own steak at home the steak that I pay for must be worth it. Besides House of H, I definitely would try this steak again. The other's on the table had mixed feelings regarding the steak and quality thereof. ---------------------------- Besides that, the overall feeling was disappointing. We were a large and mature party of 12. When arriving, there were 10 seats only. Not sure whether that was the B-day boy's fault who made the booking or the restaurant - non the less - the waitron took his time in trying to resolve the issue, but finally we moved another table against the pole. Not perfect, but we made it work.----------------------------------- We didn't’ realise that it was a Monday evening and hence the steak was 2 for 1. We didn't object. We ordered bottles of wine and racked up a nice bill. Overall the service was there when we needed it - wasn’t anything special, but nothing bad either. The main got served correctly to each member - we all embraced the food and asked for the bill later-on. ----------------------------------- We calculated the tip, and it was a proper 20% tip on a table of 12. ---------------------------- There was a large table behind us as well who were paying up at the same time as us - as we were the only two tables still seated. ---------------------------- However, our waiter was busy with the table behind us - for close to 10 minutes without giving us any attention for the payment. My partner got up and asked the other waitress at a few tables away who was setting up an empty table, if there were any other working card machines. ---------------------------- Her reply was “I’m sure there are”… In turn my partner asked “Would you mind getting it?” The waitress rolled her eyes and said “sure”… ---------------------------- I was observing from the table and saw the irritation build up in my partner. Whereas she is usually the one who has got all the time for the world for people in the service industry, as she has spent a decade there herself. ---------------------------- The waitress continued setting the tables, two to be exact. And then eventually came back with the card machine. Most of the table paid cash, except two cards. ---------------------------- After payment we walked out - no one greeted us - no manager was seen that evening - and we didn’t leave with a nice feeling. ---------------------------- The two main aspects were that our waiter’s attitude was lacking - especially at the end part of the evening and then the other waiter who could role her eyes at her clients. Assumption being that she had to go out of her way where there wasn’t directly a tip involved for her… Nonetheless, I do find that kind of behaviour unacceptable. ---------------------------- Something that I didn’t enjoy was the amount of beggars hoarding around you once you step a foot outside the restaurant. When we arrived - as well as when we left. Which did make me feel uneasy. In addition to that, I was told as we left that someone else got mugged there moments before we left the restaurant. I do feel that a place with a certain amount of character should have a doorman to keep an eye over their clientele’s safety in-front of their premises. Plus I’m not stranger to the Cape Town streets as we do live in the CBD.----------------------------
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  • Best value, best specials and just love the simplicity of the concept. It's all about the steak!
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  • HQ is my go-to for steak hungry days. The food, from starters to desserts, is always deliciously prepared and served with a smile. Their budget friendly weekly specials make this an easy & affordable dining experience.
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  • After giving HQ another chance I was dissapointed yet again. I reserved a table for my friends birthday because I absolutely love the atmosphere at HQ. The marimba band was super groovy! Thanks for not acknowledging that it was my friends birthday by the way. But, the steak, was equivalent to a minute steak with a dollop of margarine on top.
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  • Trendy vibe but I don't like the limited offering and restaurant staff were quite rude and not very attentive.
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  • Upon arrive, after booking a special two seater table for 7.30PM and after being a few minutes late for the booking, my table was given away too two walk-ins and the woman at the entrance came off rude and unhelpful despite the fact that I had driven over an hour just to experience the 'popular' HQ dinner. I was honestly shocked at the quality of steak I was paying R400 for. Not only was it a very thin cut of 250G sirloin but I only received a small portion of skinny fries and the lettuce in the salad was not cos lettuce. Lastly, R100 for a half poured, warm margarita cocktail disappoints me beyond belief. I completely and utterly regret going for dinner at HQ.
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  • First time experience at HQ. Awesome hostess and music from DJ Rene though.... The iceberg salad starter was gross. Sent it back twice and came back worse each time. Brown, wilted, mushy lettuce, tasteless dressing ~ just embarrassing. R35 for a bottle of chilled tap water. Steak was ok, chips tasted like McCain frozen fries. The herby butter sauce saved my sad meal. But that kindergarten made SALAD shocked me....what were you guys thinking! Looking around me, many tables left theirs untouched too. No manager came to check in after my complaints either. Never again :(
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  • High expectation - short of food appeal. Having heard a lot of the HQ experience, except for the venue and atmosphere, the evening was a disappointment. The food was average - a better steak can be experiened elsewhere in Cape Town. And the cost of a black angus steak was ridiculous (R395 for 250g) - it could have been any cut of beef had it not been told to us. And the fact that the price was not tabled with my guests led to me having to foot a very inflated bill! Then the service - we had not finished our salad starter when the main course (only steak) arrived. It was as if the objective was for us to eat and get out. Not sure it was the fault of the waiter but it happened. Fortunately, management was understanding and allowed us to enjoy the atmosphere and company before serving the main course - they duly removed the served steak and chips and returned a good while later with a fresh meal. Whilst overall disappointing given the cost and expectation, the evening was enjoyed by all, although it could have been so much better. Notwithstanding the above, I am prepared to give it a second chance given the atmosphere and vibe.
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  • If you're looking for a place to fill your tummy and tap your feet then HQ is the place to be. Fridays at HQ is where food meets party. Enjoy the only item on the menu (steak, chips and salad) while the house band entertain you with music accompanied by live instruments. With only 1 item on the menu it's easy to please. Good food, good service and great vibe.
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Menu

Set menu - HQ Menu- updated April 2018

Specials

Specials at HQ

Monday
Treat your soul to live acoustic music by South African artists, while you treat your tummy to HQ’s 2-for1 steaks with chips and a starter salad. Dinner is accompanied by the live acoustic sounds of local musicians.

Wednesday

Fine Wining: First Wednesday of every month – more info here https://www.facebook.com/events/1565277157097901/
Tuning the Vine: https://www.facebook.com/events/1660797587542127/
Half Price Cocktails with The Entertainer: Last Wednesday of the month https://www.facebook.com/events/1532421450419746/

Thursday
Keen to start your weekend a little early? HQ does, and they have a weekly Half Price Tapas special every Thursday to get people in the mood. Enjoy house favourites like Chorizo Poppers, Lamb Sliders and Sirloin Cubes or be daring with a Grilled Crayfish Flatbread or Foraged Wild Mushrooms.

Resident DJs, Chris de Vos and Brett Aitken also play their part in creating a Festive Thursday vibe.
Love Thursdays at HQ

On the third Thursday of the month, HQ transforms their bar and lounge area into a tropical paradise. There are deep house beats by top DJs Chris de Vos and Brett Aitken, as well as HQ’s standard half-price tapas special is on the cards. Ladies can enjoy Bottomless Pierre Jourdan bubbly from 6pm to 8pm. Another reason to Love Thursdays!

half price tapas at HQ

 

HQ hosts celebrated Fine Wining Dinner with Cederberg Wines, on 1 November

Now in its 3rd consecutive year, HQ’s celebrated Fine Wining dinners have really set the bar when it comes to food-and-wine pairings in Cape Town, always delivering a fun evening out. On 1 November at 7pm, they will be hosting their last Fine Wining Dinner for 2017 and it’s a good one! HQ will be pairing up with Cederberg Wines to celebrate an amazing year!
HQ’s Fine Wining dinners give guests a chance to enjoy wines from popular Western Cape farms, which have been artfully paired with HQ’s iconic salad, steak and chips accompanied by an aperitif and dessert.

Entertainment by Ricky Botsis helps keep the mood light, making Fine Wining perfect for impressing a date, family member or friends.

The 3-course meal costs R295 per person, and includes welcome drinks and canapés on arrival.

MENU

Aperitif
Ricotta & Tomato Puff
Rosemary & Dukkah Spice
Cederberg Sustainable Rose 2016

Starter
A crisp salad of Cos and Iceberg leaves , toasted pine nuts,
parmesan shavings and dressed with a Dijon mustard vinagrette.
Cederberg Chenin Blanc 2016

Main
250g Sirloin wet aged for 21 days and grilled prfectly medium-rare, served with skinny fries & Café de Paris Butter
Cederberg Merlot Shiraz 2016

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(V) Portabella mushrooms stuffed with a rich Duxelle, gratinated with parmesan cheese and served with skinny fries & Café de Paris Butter
Cederberg Merlot Shiraz 2016

Dessert
Spring Fruit Bowl
With a Buketraube Sabayon
Cederberg Bukettraube 2017

Booking details: 021 424 6373 or management@hqrestaurant.co.za
Seats are limited, and bookings are recommended.

HQ Launches HQ Date Night with Boschendal Wines

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Known for its straightforward yet sophisticated menu of a classic salad starter, followed by perfectly prepared sirloin steak and thin-cut fries, served with their signature Cafe De Paris butter sauce, HQ aims to bring people together over good food, good wine and a great vibe.

Then it comes as no surprise that they have partnered with the iconic Boschendal Wines to bring their guests an evening of wining and dining, whether it be with your partner, friend or family member. HQ is proud to announce #HQDateNight with Boschendal Wines, every Tuesday, launching 4 July. Guests will be treated to HQ’s iconic menu of salad, steak and thin-cut fries, as well as a glass of Boschendal Red and live music by swinging sensation, Ricky Botsis, at a winning price of R280 for two.

HQ hosts 3-course pairing menu with Iona Wines: Raise the Steaks

 

On 25 October at 7pm, HQ Restaurant will be hosting their 8th Raise the Steaks Dinner, focussing their attention on rump, sirloin and fillet with the launch of the Scotch Fillet edition.

This delicious 3-course meal has been expertly paired with Iona Wines, which you will be able to enjoy with all three courses, for only R295 per person.

MENU

Starter

Tomato Tarte Tatin
Served in puff pastry with a watercress and orange salad and balsamic reduction
Iona Sophie T Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Main

Grilled Scotch Fillet
Stacked with crispy sage, Black Mushrooms & Buratta and served with a Lemon Gremolata
Iona Mr. P Pinot Noir 2016

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Grilled Mushroom Stack
Stacked with crispy sage & Buratta and served with a Lemon Gremolata
Iona Mr. P Pinot Noir 2016

Dessert

Strawberry crumble
With mascarpone & black pepper
Iona Sophie T Rose 2016

Watch their page for competitions and more details on this event. Tickets are on sale for R295pp for this incredible 3-course meal.

HQ hosts ‘The Original Fridays’

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HQ has always been known for its weekend festivities, and with ‘The Original Fridays’ at HQ you’re sure to be in for a treat– every Friday, starting 21 July!

DJ Rene is back at HQ!

After a short time away, DJ René is back at his original spot to start the weekend off with a bang. To celebrate this in style, HQ’s going to be throwing a Friday night that will be one to remember; with complimentary bubbly and canapés from 6pm to 8pm.
With a dress code of smart casual; you can be sure everyone will dress to impress.

“Friday nights at HQ is where it all began, and we wanted to remind our guests how awesome it is to start the weekend off at the restaurant. You and your friends can come for an amazing steak or tapas dinner, and then stay for hours after, partying the night away thanks to the beats provided by DJ Rene, AKA The Frenchman.” says Matt Mulholland, Operations Partner of HQ.

HQ Cape Town hosts Girls' Night Out with Boschendal 

With Women’s Day on 9 August, what better way is there to celebrate than with HQ’s first official Girls Night Out event on Tuesday 8 August as part of the famous, #HQDateNight celebrations, where you and your bestie receive their iconic starter salad, steak and chips, served with a glass of Boschendal Red, each for R280.

To kick things off the right way, complimentary Boschendal Bubbly will be available on arrival, after which dinner will be served, with entertainment from swing sensation, Ricky Botsis harmonically guiding you through your meal on the microphone. The dancefloor will open with the gorgeous female DJ, Anthea Scholtz, ensuring this night out will never be forgotten!

Gather your best gals, assemble the squad and book your table in celebration of Women’s Month!

HQ hosts 5th Annual Dare to Share Charity dinner on 16 August

On 16 August at 7pm, Cape Town restaurant, HQ and charity organisation, Dare to Share, will be hosting their 5th annual charity dinner with the aim of raising a substantial amount for a variety of identified organisations, all while allowing the who’s who of the Cape Town scene to dress up and really show up in support, with a 3-course food-and-wine-pairing.

Dare to Share was a not a planned charity. It was when Marc Buhrer decided to rather help those less fortunate and give back, than have a celebratory party for his birthday, that Dare to Share was born. Since inception in 2012, HQ’s Dare to Share, have fed over 800 000 meals and currently supports 33 registered organisations in the Western Cape alone. “We truly try and give back to as many charities as possible, therefore our focus ranges from orphanages, shelters, centers for abused woman and children, animal shelters, children with terminal illnesses as well as trying to create solutions to reintegrate the homeless back into society in a responsible manner.” Says board member, Marc Bührer.

Dare to Share currently supports up to 59 families on a weekly basis supplying them with food, clothing and toiletries all made possible due to corporate and private donations. “Our current initiatives include The Dare to Share Food Fund, Dare to Share Blessing Bags, The Seasoned Saturday, Dare to Share Yummy Meals, and RAW images with Coffee Beings soon to be added to our fundraising campaigns” adds Bührer.

Guest can expect an evening of excellent food and wine, live entertainment and of course, a very exciting raffle with additional prizes. Join the Dare to Share team as they invite you to experience the Dare to Share mission and learn what it means to “Walk the Walk”!

Event details:
Date & Time: Wednesday 16th August at 7pm
Dress code: Formal
Ticket Price: R395 per person
Purchase tickets via Nutickets: http://hq.nutickets.co.za/4786

For more event details, email: management@hqrestaurant.co.za
For more information on Dare to Share, please visit www.daretoshare.co.za

HQ hosts 'Day of the Dead' in time for Halloween

For the early birds, complimentary Don Julio cocktails will be available on arrival as well as make-up artists to assist you in claiming the title of Best Dressed!

No party is complete without a great line-up and at the Day Of the Dead celebration, you can only expect the best. With beats from Chris De Vos, Strange Loving, Los Tacos and Gio Ricca you will struggle two keep yourself off one of the two available dancefloors.

Courtyard Dancefloor:
7pm to 9pm - Chris De Vos
9pm to 10pm - Los Tacos (Live)
10pm to 11.30pm - Brett Aitken
11.30pm to 1.30am - Strange Loving

HQ Dance Floor:
10pm to 11.30pm - Gio Ricca
11.30pm to 1am - Gren Forte
1am to 3am - Funky G

Entry is free for all attending guests; however, due to very high demand, bookings are essential so please email management@hqrestaurant.co.za to reserve your table for either the main restaurant and mezzanine for normal dinner bookings or the bar and courtyard for steak or the tapas menu.

HQ hosts a 3-course whisky pairing dinner on 18 October

On 18 October at 7pm, HQ Restaurant will be hosting their second 3-course whisky pairing dinner to celebrate all things magical about this ‘liquid gold’. For this reserve edition, HQ has partnered with a selection of fantastic whiskies including The Singleton, Talisker and Cardhu to bring guests a night of elegant simplicity and dining excellence, all while being treated at live entertainment from Swing Sensation, Ricky Botsis.

The evening is priced at R295 per person and includes of a welcome drink, aperitif and the 3-course meal with paired whiskies. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy excellent food, as well as experience an array of delicious whiskies!

Menu

~ Aperitif ~
Canape
Spiced Shaved Beetroot in savoury tuille with Lime Mousse & Dukkha Spice
Spiced Singleton Tailfire Berry Sour
Single Tailfire, wild berries, sherry smoked spice syrup

~ Starter ~
A crisp salad of Cos and Iceberg leaves, toasted pine nuts,
parmesan shavings and dressed with a Dijon mustard vinaigrette
Singleton of Dufftown 12 year old

~ Main ~
250g Sirloin wet aged for 32 days and grilled perfectly medium-rare, served with skinny fries & Café de Paris Butter
Talisker 10 year old

OR

(V) Portabella mushrooms stuffed with a rich Duxelle, gratinated with parmesan cheese and served with skinny fries & Café de Paris Butter
Talisker 10-year-old

~ Dessert ~
Chocolate Mousse served with Toffee cigars & Salted Caramel Popcorn
Cardhu 12-year-old

BOOKING DETAILS:
Bookings are essential: 021 424 6373 or email HQ at management@hqrestaurant.co.za

For more events and specials, click on the link below.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/HQCAPETOWN/events/

Valid from - 2016-11-24 - 2018-12-31

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