Brought to life by PJ Vadas (who has since moved on from the company), the Hog House never disappoints. The barbecue-inspired joint consistently turns out smashing food and drink, making this the ideal spot for everything from date night to a venue for a rowdy birthday dinner.
The focus here is very much barbecue, which is done fairly authentically. Start off your meal with the crispy pig’s tails, coated in a maple glaze, while you make a decision on the rest of your meal. The ‘low and slow’ style of cooking means you can look forward to number of tender cuts of meat, such as the soft and sticky pork ribs, which are quite exceptional, as well as a decent offering of fried chicken. If you’re veggie, this is (surprisingly) the spot for you too, as the side dishes are veg-heavy and interesting. We loved the baked aubergine topped with a zingy tomato sauce and mozzarella, as well as the coal-roasted cos lettuce tossed in a punchy citrus dressing. Despite the meat, the flavours are very clean here, so you won’t feel like you’ve overindulged. Whatever you do, though, keep space for dessert – and Hog House’s famous pasteis de nata in particular.
The brewery in the room next door is a major drawcard, so if you’re beer-inclined, don’t miss the opportunity to sip on some of the country’s best craft beers. They only stock their own Hog House brand beers, but you won’t feel like you’re missing out, as they range from a delicious pilsner to a dark porter and everything in between. Otherwise, the wine list is neatly curated and features a number of local wines.
The staff here are knowledgeable, welcoming, and always keeping a close eye to ensure you’re having a great time.
You’re eating barbecue in a brewery, so expect the ambience to echo that. Having said that, the space is warm and comfortable and generally good fun.
The brewery often throws events, so if you like your beer and barbecue with a side of beats, then keep an eye out for these.
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Food was slightly pricey but definitely worth the money.Their in-house craft beers and signature cocktails is exceptionally well made.
The dim lighting and cosy/warm ambience makes it a romantic dinner date for your loved one.
We had dinner here with a group of friends and it was fantastic. A great place to go with a group as you can order many things and have a feast. I got to try a large part of the menu. For starters the croquettes where fantastic as well as the chili poppers and aranchini balls. The pig tails had a syrup over it so was sweet which I did not expect as I stopped reading after pigs tails and was looking forward to crispy salt bombs (not bad though). Yes we did order all the meat, obviously.... The burnt ends was a standout for me as well as the pork belly. For sides the best onion rings ever and also nice crispy chips. The grilled aubergine is also a must try. For dessert i tried the pasteis de natas as well as the salted caramel ice cream, both was fantastic. Oh and they have great beers and the wine list has unlabeled wines with only numbers and the type of wine and we had a fantastic shiraz that I need to find out what it is. Will definitely be back
If you're a meat lover this will be your favourite restaurant. In truth I can't find a reason why this isn't our new favourite restaurant experience in Cape Town.
Diaz Tavern, the Greenhouse and Il Leone now have a worthy challenger :-)
Thank you to the chef and staff for an amazing evening all round. We've already booked for next week.
Every time I go back to the Hoghouse Brewing Company, I find something new to enjoy - without ignoring old favourites of course! This really is a friendly neighbourhood local where everybody knows your name. And the food is fabulous too - and not just the meat. What always impresses me about the Hoghouse is that as much attention is paid to the vegetable sides as the meaty mains. My favourite sides: the classic rocket, parmesan and avocado salad is a great light and acidic accompaniment to the meat. When it's available, don't miss out on the crispy delicious Brussel sprouts with bacon. And in winter, warm up with a beautiful aubergine melanzane. For the meat, my favourite is the beef brisket with pickles, but the chicken marinated in buttermilk is delicious - an upmarket KFC. And leave space for dessert - the gelato (especially salted caramel) is the best in Cape Town, and let's not forget the yummy pastries, headlined by the pastei de natas. Can't wait for my next visit...
Loved our experience at Hog House. The food was delicious - aside from the smoky, juicy meat (we had short rib, lamb shoulder and pork belly), the crisp duck fat chips and brussels sprouts with bacon were standouts. But the absolute winner of the night was the INCREDIBLE pasteis de nata! Sjoe, worth the visit alone.