It’s a mystery who comes to Hussar and orders the kingklip or the breaded chicken. This long-running steakhouse favourite (the Rondebosch original opened in 1964) is all about prime cuts of beef. Loyal diners return again and again for a great steak, properly cooked and well-priced.
If you do want something more exciting than the 300g rump done medium-rare (you won’t be disappointed) there is a wide selection of dressed-up steak dishes. The brandy-flambéed Chateaubriand is popular, as is the adventurous oyster-stuffed Hussar Carpetbagger. Ask the friendly waiters about daily specials and game options too. Orders include your choice of starch and it’s worth adding a bowl of onion rings and the classic spinach/butternut combo.
If you really don’t want steak, you’ll find slow-cooked lamb shanks, burgers, salads and seafood on offer too.
The Hussar Grill franchise is famous for not charging corkage, despite its extensive (and award-winning) wine list. Although by-the-glass offerings are limited, the selection ranges widely from big brands to boutique producers, all at extremely fair mark-ups. There’s a focus on red wines, obviously, and unless you have a special bottle in mind there’s really no reason to BYO. They also have a good range of single malts and brandies for after.
Warm hospitality from the moment you step through the door.
A restaurant of two halves: indoors there’s a cosy convivial atmosphere thanks to leather-backed chairs, dark woods and old wine cases gracing the walls, while terrace tables make the most of lovely sea views.
If you loved the steak, there’s a small selection of prime cuts vacuum-packed and ready to take home.
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Although meat is king here, there is much pleasure to be found in the rest of the menu. A starter of Italian tomato soup is a delicious treat, while chicken livers, sautéed in sherry, garlic, onions, mixed herbs and cream, tastes even better. Of the mains, the Klein Karoo lamb cutlets are served grilled to perfection, and go down a storm with an order of pepper sauce. The 600 g T-bone is equally satisfying. All the grills, which include hog and spare ribs, as well as fillet and sirloin, are served with a choice of traditional fries, rice, mash or baby potatoes. Creamed spinach or butternut is available at an extra cost. Other options include kingklip, calamari, prawns and, on the poultry side, tender chicken breasts. For dessert, the chocolate vodka martini seemed like a great idea, and while it is delightfully creamy, I found it to be a bit too sweet. Other options include baked cheesecake, chocolate fondant and crème brûleé.
The Hussar Grill is a recipient of the Diners Club Platinum Status Award for their wine selection, and what an extensive list it is. You’ll find several options of all the standard and other interesting varietals, sourced from the Winelands and further afield like the Garden Route.
Friendly and helpful, though it could be a touch more attentive. The quality of the food is so good, however, that you won’t be in the mood for any petty complaints about the waiter not being on time to pour the wine. And the welcome is very warm, which dispels any fears of snobbery at an upmarket establishment such as this.
Comfortable and welcoming, this is an upmarket, cosy space ideal for romantic dates or family dinners. Like the other branches in this franchise, the décor has a vintage charm with elegant wood finishings and old book shelves, lending a classic feel.
It’s very popular, so bookings are recommended.
The Hussar Grill hosted my daughters 21st Birthday recently. Their kindness, concern, excellent service, attention to detail and superb food made for a wonderfully memorable evening. My thanks to Sarah and her outstanding team.
Definitely one of the best steakhouses we've been to in Cape Town so far. Nice balance between upmarket but relaxed. We were firstly impressed with the service - friendly, warm and attentive with very detailed knowledge of all the cuts of meat etc. For starters, I had the Hollandse bitterballen which were croquettes - delicious with mustard for dipping. My husband had the steak tartare which was tasty but presented with all the ingredients separate. He would have preferred it pre-mixed but this seems to be the standard in most SA restaurants for some reason? My husband ordered the hog ribs which were excellent - pork belly ribs which were succulent and tender and falling off the bone. Be warned though, the 800g is not for the faint-hearted! I ordered the sirloin, which was the cut of the day, and was delighted that it was served blue as requested. (Most restaurants overcook my steak.) The ambience was what you would hope of a steakhouse, but with an upmarket feel to it. The only thing that seemed incongruous with the high standard elsewhere was the dessert menu. This had photos of all the items which came across as tacky and gave the impression it was all pre-made. The ice cream cake we ordered to share was fine but nothing spectacular. (But to their credit it did look identical to the one in the picture!) All in all, would definitely be back for their meat dishes which are hard to find elsewhere at that standard, and excellent service.