I never pass up the opportunity to dine in style and when you add award winning speciality steaks and delicious wine to the mix, it is a match made in foodie heaven. We recently enjoyed a night of glorious food at The Hussar Grill at The Grove, and if you haven’t been yet, be sure to add this spot to your list of places to dine out.
Beautiful decor; mirrored walls lined with wine racks and stacked with a collection of old Reader’s Digest books. It’s elegant and chic with plush, quilted chair backs and tables draped in crisp white linen.
While you definitely go to The Hussar Grill for the food (and top notch service for that matter), I love the ambiance and the decor. It’s a grander version of traditional chain steak houses, but it’s also cozy and welcoming and has that old school, quality charm.
We had the most magnificent meal. Seriously, I kid you not, I could hardly stand up straight, but in a good way. It might have been the delicious 50th Anniversary wine we enjoyed *wink* , but more likely that my tastebuds were experiencing euphoria.
On arrival, we were greeted by the smartly dressed staff and ushered to our table where the lovely Marion looked after us for the night. Before even getting to squiz through the vast menu, a snack platter had been laid out for us. Biltong, the most delicious olives and fried potato skins.
I had been craving something, I just wasn’t sure what exactly. After devouring our snacks, it hit the spot! I don’t know if it was the combination of salty biltong, sweet fried skins or the most flavourful olives, but this snack selection was exactly what I had been craving.
Our main meal was a cut above the rest! While The Hussar Grill has a variety of food choices including; seafood and poultry, I had my eye on the Hussar Carpetbagger. Fillet stuffed with smoked oysters and smothered in cheese – it was an obvious choice and a good one at that!
Hubby initially had his eye on the Blue Cheese Sirloin from the House Specialties selection, but after the friendly Petros AKA “the Meat Man” showed us the vast selection of meats available (and also gave us a quick lesson in the best cuts), hubby was convinced to order the ribeye (as recommended by Petros) – a decision he did not regret.
Honestly, I love steak, but I hate cooking it at home as I never get it right. Thankfully, the experts in the The Hussar Grill kitchen know how to make their meats memorable! Hubby had his completely plain and when asked if he wanted a sauce with it, he said his steak was perfect. Pffft, he almost never says that about the steak I cook haha!
The Hussar Grill steaks are amazing! I like my meat cooked, but not dripping with blood and not overcooked either. Just look at the perfection (above) that was my yummy (and perfect) medium steak. Hubby’s (below it) was medium rare – and again, cooked to perfection.
While we waited for our mains to arrive, the restaurant manager, William brought us something so delightful it made my taste buds sing! To be honest, I probably wouldn’t have ordered this simply because I’m a “safe eater” and usually go for something I know (unless I’m travelling abroad, in which case I try everything haha).
But man oh man, you have to try the Hollandse Bitterballen. These are meat balls like no other! Stuffed with different varieties of meats from the Grill and combined with a Béchamel sauce. They are then rolled into balls, covered in crumbs and deep fried to perfection.
It’s difficult to describe the exact taste, but if you’re a meat eater, you’ll love these. They are rich and indulgent – I would definitely recommend that you share this as a starter as not to ruin your appetite. They are delicious, but quite filling so be advised.
In addition to being spoilt with yummy food, we were also treated to a bottle of The Hussar Grill’s 50th Anniversary Wine.
This premium dry red blend of Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon-Pinotage was created to celebrate and honour the 50th Anniversary of the brand. Amazing that the first Hussar Grill opened its doors back in 1964, now making it 55 years old.
Usually, we don’t polish off a bottle of wine between the two of us, but since we had ubered to dinner, we could enjoy this lovely wine, which although dry (I usually prefer sweeter wines), was absolutely delicious and complimented our meals just perfectly.
For dessert we shared the Hussar Grill Ice Cream. It’s ice cream yes, but it’s so much more than that! It’s like their own special blend of ice cream; made with vanilla, peanut brittle, marshmallow, nougat, sprinkled nuts and honeycomb. It’s absolutely heavenly!
Aaaaand, if that wasn’t enough, to finish off, William brought us Chocolate Vodka Martini’s. Vodka, chocolate and ice cream, I mean who can argue with any of those ingredients. Chocolate lovers you’ll have a new favourite cocktail!
All in all we had a lovely time at The Hussar Grill. Beautiful decor, lovely ambiance, friendly staff and kitchen staff whose pride in their work can be tasted in their delicious meals and elegant presentation.
Hubby and I also found their prices quite reasonable. R190 for mains that include steak, fish roughly R200 per meal and chicken meals averaging R120.
Thanks for having us Hussar Grill, you’ll definitely be seeing more of us.
*** Disclaimer: Hubby and I were treated to a complimentary dinner to experience the Hussar Grill in the hopes of sharing this venue with my readers. StyleScoop regulars will know that I never share anything unless I personally love it myself! So you can rest assured, while our meal was comped, I would have been just as impressed had we paid ourselves (which we often do with restaurant reviews that I post) ***