#DateNight at HQ

#DateNight at HQ


So I finally got to attend the widely popular #DateNight at HQ on Tuesday evening. I’ve heard so many great things about this hidden gem in Cape Town and when I finally got the opportunity to go and experience a one of a kind wine-and-dine experience I jumped at the opportunity.


My initial impression about HQ was its nice cozy feeling, perfect ambient lighting with a modern touch. Such a lovely spot to go have dinner and drinks after work. Unlike most bar and grills, they only have one meal on the menu (perfect for indecisive people like myself), but it’s a meal that will definitely have you coming back time and time again. Their signature meal includes:

Crispy cos and iceberg salad with Parmesan shavings, toasted pine nuts and mustard vinaigrette (I can’t stress enough how delicious such a simple salad can be)


A juicy sirloin grilled to only your perfection topped with a creamy café de Paris butter, a side of thin cut fries and a glass of the finest red.


On arrival we were served with HQ’s new wine offering, The Wolftrap Red. HQ definitely know how to pair a good glass of red with their meals. The Wolftrap Red leads to a smooth savory palate with a peppery finish. Our salads were then served and the only thing our friendly waiter had to ask was: How would you like your steak? Yay for once I could place an order in under 30 seconds! And of course, a #DateNight is just incomplete without live serenading in the background… Yes, you guessed right, throughout the evening you will be entertained by the smooth sounds of HQ’s Master of Swing: Ricky Botsis. Our main courses were served shortly after and at HQ you need not worry about going home hungry as your waiter will come around offering a top-up of fries – at no additional cost.

Luckily we saved some space for dessert as their dessert menu is just too tempting to pass by. I had their creme brûlée (obviously I did) and my two dates had the salted caramel tart and chocolate fondant.


The entire #DateNight was just perfect. Besides getting 2 glasses of classic red wine, 2 salads and 2 steaks for just R250, I had great company, a great atmosphere, the best 3 course meal at a reasonable price, friendly staff and an all round great evening. Thank you to Etienne (manager) and Olden (waiter) for taking such good care of us and ensuring that our every need was attended to.


Here’s a few reasons why you should make your way to HQ Cape Town:

Monday nights: Buy one, get one free. Yes that’s right! Buy a steak and get another one free!
Tuesday nights: #DateNight for only R250. That’s x2 glasses of Wolftrap Red, x2 salads and x2 250g steaks
Thursday nights: Half price tapas
Every night: A good time 🙂

Bookings are essential so make sure you reserve your spot. Here’s how you can reach HQ:

Phone: 021 424 6373
Where: 100 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town
Web: www.hqrestaurant.co.za
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HQCAPETOWN
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HQCAPETOWN


They run quite a few exciting giveaways on their social media pages so make sure to follow them and to find out more!

Opening hours:

  • Monday:12PM-12AM
  • Tuesday:12PM-12AM
  • Wednesday:12PM-12AM
  • Thursday:12PM-12AM
  • Friday:12PM-01AM (Bring dancing shoes)
  • Saturday:12PM-01AM (Bring dancing shoes)
  • Sunday:Closed

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