Although they are not necessarily new to Pretoria, The Hussar Grill at The Grove Mall has got many surprises up its sleeve.
The old-world interior of books and bottles speak of evening-long conversations between loved ones and friends. It’s true to its origins – a Rondebosch restaurant gone North. A cosy fire chatters away as guests start to arrive for an evening of quality time, conversation and food and judging from the welcoming snacks on the table, the evening couldn’t have started on a higher note.
Owner, Peet Badenhorst says: “We use the strong base of quality that is The Hussar Grill Brand and build on that with unique Pretoria flair. We have unique wine pairings and events, our own signature dishes and wines that differ from the other Hussars and have customers returning for them.
Being able to help create special memories is what really makes [being a restaurateur] special for me. Seeing a family enjoying quality time together or a couple enjoying a romantic evening makes me smile. Knowing we contributed in a small way to these special memories that people treasure is my true joy.”
Of course, we first polished the delectable welcome snacks, consisting of biltong, olives and sweet potato chips. Be careful, though, as you would want to leave space for the rest! The award-winning menu is filled with mouth-watering beef, game and venison options, but also a wide selection of poultry, seafood and salads. We went with the classic Chateaubriand (a fillet topped with brandy and flambéed, served with a Béarnaise sauce on the side) and the popular Hussar Carpetbagger (a fillet mignon stuffed with a combination of smoked oysters and cheddar cheese, topped off with a brandy and wholegrain mustard sauce). At The Hussar Grill, it is almost impossible to leave without spoiling yourself to some dessert too. Their baked cheesecake caught our fancy. That and the Hussar Grill Ice Cream Dessert – a combination of vanilla ice cream, peanut brittle, marshmallow, nougat, honeycomb and sprinkled nuts. Indulge much? This might be your next stop then.
One of the special surprises that The Hussar Grill is famous for is their Chocolate Vodka Martini – a post-dinner tradition like no other. You can try and test as much as you like – this recipe will stay an in-house secret for centuries to come, as well as an after-dinner treat that no one could say no to.
A new venture that has taken flight at The Hussar Grill The Grove is their exclusive food and wine pairing evenings in collaboration with some of the Cape’s finest wine farms. Their Rietvallei Meal Pairing (which runs until the end of July) consists of a set menu priced at R300 per person. Not a bad idea for date night.