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After being in the business for over 50 years (opening first in Rondebosch), The Hussar Grill may well lay claim to being one of the best grill houses in the country. Steaks are the focus here and diners are allowed to choose the portion size and the cut of meat, on or off the bone. All the stops are pulled with maturation of the steak. Wet aged, it receives a proper grilling and comes served with classic sauces such as Bèarnaise, creamy mustard or green peppercorn sauce. The popular Carpetbagger steak with smoked mussels and cheese filling, as well as chateaubriand, are still on the menu. And why change it, if it is not broken? If you are prepared to miss out on an excellent steak, select from the different seafood, chicken and salad options. For starters, expect to find the familiar steakhouse specialities, such as chicken livers with sherry and garlic cream, crumbed and fried Camembert served with sweet cranberry jelly, and calamari and tartare sauce. Evoke even more memories with a retro favourite like the prawn and avocado cocktail. Hollandse Bitterballen is a perfect snack and steak tartare adds Continental flavour. Salads and side dishes are fresh and tasty (although they adhere to the unwritten vegetable rule of “spinach and pumpkin only”). Be seduced by chocolate in many variations, such as chocolate fondant, chocolate pie or cheese cake.
Dominated by Distell brands, the wine list is reasonably priced, with wines by the glass available from R48 upwards. No corkage is charged.
Befitting the atmosphere, the service is warm, welcoming and informal.
Comfortable booths or a few larger table options are available inside. White linen and napery, good quality stemware and shelves of books lining the walls make this a masculine, convivial space for dining.
If smoky grill rooms are not your scene, book a shaded table outside, in the communal courtyard of the centrum.