I went to HQ Restaurant for the first time last night. Which may seem like a sin to do on meat-free mondays. But HQ makes it so much more tempting to visit on a Monday with their sirloin 2 for 1 special.
Here is basically how things work at HQ:
They have a saying written on their recycled paper table covers that says something along the lines of: 'You can order anything you like, as long as its salad, sirloin and chips.'
That pretty much encompasses what is available on the menu.
For starters, an iceberg and cos salad with toasted pinenuts and generous shavings of parmesan cheese is served, followed by a main of french fries and a 250g organic, matured Namibian beef sirloin steak, which they recommend served medium rare. The steak is drizzled with a buttery, garlic, herby kind of sauce, very Parisian style, but this can be served on the side. Waitresses offer extra chips and sauce to all patrons throughout dinner at no extra charge.
Delightfully, on a monday, we ate two of these for just R160.
There are a fair amount of wines by the glass, we had the marklew 2006 cab sauv (R45), and two cocktails, which are also on the 2 for 1 special.
7pm is a good time to arrive as the place is packed by 8pm and orders will take longer.
We thoroughly enjoyed it, and I do recommend it for a Monday night meaty treat.
Another awesome aspect is that they have a live reggae band every Monday too, playing awesome covers, so you can be jamming while you eating too.
100 Shortmarket street, cape Town, 021-424-6373
*I recommend going here on a first date... and if you go on Monday, at least there won't be any split-the-bill awkward vibes.