If there’s one restaurant I am absolutely obsessed with it’s The Hussar Grill. I don’t know how they do it but the restaurant chain is one of the few in Cape Town that manages to keep their standards up no matter what – year after year, restaurant opening after restaurant opening you can always be sure that you’re going to get your money’s worth when visiting one of their eight Western Cape eateries (no really, I have never had a bad meal or less-than-great service at any of their eateries). But don’t just take my word for it; just ask the people of TripAdvisor who just voted The Hussar Grill Green Point into the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame! That’s right, the people have spoken and if you haven’t yet paid a visit to a Hussar Grill near you, then now is time to treat your taste buds and your tummy.
Last week I got the chance to dine at one of their oh-so-awesome spots once again – this time around fully exploring the menu from starters to dessert and thought it was the perfect time to write about one of my most favourite restaurants in the history of ever. The great thing about The Hussar Grill is that they are super serious about their meat (it’s the reason they have so many loyal fans) The restaurants’ top quality meat is always matured on site (meat is hung on the carcass for up to seven days, whereafter it is ‘wet aged’ for periods varying up to three weeks!) and they take great pride in their knowledge of cuts and in offering diners something different each time. When you visit The Hussar Grill your waiter takes your drinks order and then returns to your table with a platter displaying the cuts of the day to explain exactly what is on offer in the eatery that day. I don’t know anywhere else in the Cape that does this and it really helps you make a much more informed decision about your meal.
Of course, even with the meat cuts being presented to you there’s still the business of deciding what you want to order from their extensive menu. In addition to a range of starters, steaks, grills, speciality steaks and game meat dishes, the menu also offers dinners a selection of poultry and seafood dishes, salads and light grills. On my most recent trip, I tried the Prawn & Fresh Avo Cocktail (sweet prawn meat dressed with homemade Marie Rose sauce, served on a bed of baby greens – R68) for starters, Madagascan Pepper Fillet (served with a cream and green peppercorn reduction – R159 for 200g |R182 for 300g) for mains and the Hussar Grill Ice Cream Cake (an extravagant combination of vanilla ice cream, peanut brittle, honeycomb and nuts, drizzled with dark chocolate sauce – R39) for dessert.
It was my first time ordering the Madagascan Pepper Fillet and all I can say is it is a pepper lover’s dream! I put black pepper on everything so it was a real treat for me. I usually go for a basic grill at Hussar’s and add a sauce to my dish but treating myself to one of their speciality steaks was a completely different experience. The sauce was incredibly creamy and I loved how generous they were with the amount of sauce on my plate. All of Hussar’s meats dishes are served with a complimentary choice of traditional fries, rice, mash or new baby potatoes and diners can then choose to add creamed spinach and cinnamon butternut vegetables at a nominal charge of R20 per portion. I opted for chips and added a portion of the veggies on the side as an extra treat.
My prawn starter was also a winner (another first-time sample for me) and well worth the R68 price tag. I was pleasantly surprised at the size of my starter and could have easily shared it with my dining buddy had he not ordered the yummy Hollandse Bitterballen starter (double-cream Béchamel studded with beef jus and beef bits, then crumbed and deep fried and served with Dijon mustard on the side – R56).
Dessert was an extremely decadent affair and I got the chance to try the beyond amazing ice cream cake – you have not tasted joy until you have tasted this incredible dessert. I spent a good 30 minutes savouring this delight and digging around inside the ice cream for bits of nuts, chocolate and biscuit. In fact just thinking about it now is making my mouth water. If you only try one thing from my list of recommendations above, make it this dessert!
Something else I adore about The Hussar Grill is that they don’t charge corkage – ever! Diners are welcome to bring their own wine along to enjoy at the table and they won’t charge you a cent for it. If you can’t be bothered to take an entire bottle of wine with you then fear not because they also have one of the best wine lists in town and stock a vast selection of award-winning wines by the bottle and by the glass.