Hinterland is unapologetic about the fact they are all about meat. Lamb and beef are crowned king in this well-loved establishment in Pretoria’s leafy Hazelwood. To start, their carpaccio is truly delicious and very well prepared. They often have more than one option, with springbok and kudu being the most popular amongst diners. The marrow bones are equally popular and is served with toast, the perfect vehicle for the rich marrow.
However, most patrons skip starters altogether and go straight for the star of the show – the excellent steaks and lamb chops. Choose between Kalahari or Karoo lamb chops, prepared to your preference and simply served with your choice of starch, vegetables or salad. If you’re here for the steak, choose between fillet, t-bone, rump or sirloin (250g or 350g). The steak is cooked exactly to your preference and is, again, served simply with your choice of side dish. The choice of sauces are all excellent, should you choose to order one, with the bearnaise being the stand-out. Made in-house, it is buttery and the perfect accompaniment for the fillet steak.
They also offer a range of other meat-based dishes like lamb curry, beef stroganoff and both lamb and fillet skewers. Pescatarians can look forward to seared Norwegian salmon while vegetarians are catered for with a roasted vegetable plate and other salad options. The dessert selection is very small and uneventful; however, the crème brûlée is good and is definitely the favourite of regular patrons.
The wine list is relatively small but the wines are well chosen and represent a selection of good wine estates. Expect a good range of Guardian Peak, Rust en Vrede and Stellenbosch Reserve wines as well as the very popular Donkiesbaai Pinot Noir (which is also available per glass). They offer a standard selection of beers (both craft and commercial) and liquor.
Service is friendly and efficient. Staff are always close by to ensure your experience is pleasant. Food is served relatively quickly and tables are cleared promptly.
The interior of the restaurant is beautiful and well-designed. The rich, red leather banquet seating and interesting light fixtures add to the old-school steakhouse meets modern-restaurant vibe.
Buy some of the excellent quality meat to take home for your next braai or stock up on biltong and droëwors.
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