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The Hussar Grill (Rondebosch)

Cost
R180 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Special occasions
Food
Steak
Payment
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Food

The Hussar Grill in Rondebosch was established in 1964. They refer to themselves as a grillroom, and the flame-grilled meat does not disappoint. When you enter, the alluring scent of grilling steak might lure you to quickly select a steak from their steaks and grills menu. You won’t be disappointed by their wide assortment of grilled meats. From sweet and succulent spare ribs in the signature Hussar basting sauce to a generous portion of tender Grilled Lamb, the grillroom provides a tempting selection. Accompanied by a basket of fries, the Hussar’s main menu is a bevy of comfort food. Their starters don’t disappoint, either – choose from a diverse starter menu that includes Italian tomato soup and a mussel pot.

The signature dessert is a chocolate vodka martini – but the Hussar serves a variety of desserts that includes traditional malva pudding and baked cheesecake.

Drinks

A selection of single malts is available on their drinks menu, however, the restaurant is renowned for their multi-award winning wine list. It isn’t difficult to select something special as the wines are listed according to their varietal and each gives reference its appellation.

Service

You’ll experience exceptional service from the moment you enter the door to the moment you leave. From a bowl of olives placed as a snack while you peruse the menu, to attentive and knowledgeable waitrons like Moira, no detail goes amiss.

Ambience

The red carpet is laid out at the front door and the décor speaks to the restaurant’s desire to step it up. Decidedly strong, dark wood paneling and plush green chairs make the restaurant feel cozy. Although we placed a reservation, tables in corners are packed tightly together and the lady seated at the table beside me was practically on my lap. The restaurant is cheerful and full of regulars and lovers of well-grilled meat and good wine, so it’s not difficult to understand why so many flock to The Hussar Grill for a seat at a table.

And…

There is ample parking on the side-street – Rustenberg Avenue, alongside the restaurant. Walk-ins are permitted, but make a reservation to avoid disappointment.

(August 2017)

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  • Priscilla Urquhart

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    Style and sophistication sum up the success of the Hussar Grill franchise, with the Rondebosch outlet having the distinct honour of being one of the oldest grill rooms in the country, established in 1964. It features an extensive menu and a healthy appetite is a pre-requisite to experience all that this classic has to offer. For starters, the garlic snails are a must-have, drenched in roasted garlic butter and finished off under the grill with a liberal sprinkling of parmesan. Then there is the Hollander Bitterballen, a Dutch derivative, which comprises double-cream béchamel studded with beef jus and beef bits deep fried. It's a great way to start the evening.

    The Hussar Grill usually has two dinner sittings, which is worth keeping in mind if you arrive without a reservation. Meat dishes include fillet, rump and sirloin, grilled to your liking, with the usual accompaniment of hand-cooked fries, mash, new baby potatoes or a side salad. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the grilled hog ribs (if you like a bit of fat) or ask for the spareribs if you prefer it leaner.

    There are also lighter grill options, like the Hussar burger or the steak roll. If you’re not into a carnivorous meal, the seafood menu has some good variety like the mussel pot, prawns and grilled kingklip. You could also go for the chocolate chilli chicken.

    End the evening with a choice of decadent desserts such as chocolate fondant, hand-selected chocolate truffles and the Hussar ice cream dessert, which is a sinful combination of vanilla ice cream, nougat, peanut brittle, marshmallow, sprinkled nuts and drizzled with dark chocolate. Or simply go for the chocolate vodka martini!

    Drinks
    A refined and well thought through wine list makes it a diner’s pleasure to choose from. It caters for all palates, indulgences and wallets, with esteemed estate labels that are regularly updated with listings from the latest Platter’s Wine Guide. A limited selection of wine by the glass and a good selection of whiskies, ports and brandies are available too.

    Service
    Timely and attentive, although during busy times it can be a bit tardy. Waitrons are efficient and knowledgeable about the food and wine menus.

    Ambience
    The Rondebosch branch is filled with character and emulates the wood-panelled, cosy feel that the Hussar Grill franchise has become synonymous for, thoughtfully decorated with sepia photographs of the Cape.

    And…
    Look out for two-course and three-course lunch specials.

    (September 2016)

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User reviews

  • never had a steak cooked to well look like the chef made it with LOVE
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  • My girlfriend & I are on a 3 week break in Cape Town from Johannesburg & my parents, sister & brother-in-law have flown out to join us. All of us enjoy a steak & based on a few recommendations we decided to visit the Hussar Grill on the evening of 29th December. As expected, the steak was incredible, as was the wine & the service was fantastic. We all went home very happy........and then the vomiting and diarrhea started. 4 people on our table of 6 were affected, the dish in common appears to be the bearnaise sauce. Whilst a nasty dose of food poisoning is unpleasant, the worst part is that this is a rare occasion where the family can spend quality time together. We are booked into a hotel and & spa with a wine tour in Stellenbosch for new year at a cost of over 10,000 rand, which will now no doubt be wasted due to poor standards in Hussar Grill's kitchen. I called the restaurant the following day & explained the situation. I was told they would inveatigate and call back but heard nothing further. Thanks Hussar Grill for spoiling our New Year. To say I'm disappointed doesn't quite do the situation justice.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Reservations recommended
  • Serves food

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