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“First visit to HQ”
Review of HQ

HQ
Ranked #323 of 1,163 Restaurants in Cape Town Central
Cuisines: French, Grill
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: One item on menu, steak and chips!
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“First visit to HQ”
Reviewed September 29, 2013

Finally got round to trying this French inspired steak/frites venue and were not disappointed. We happened to be in town and needing lunch, co-incided with a Springboks vs Australia and so city centre was pretty empty, with everyone at home doing their braai. Although we were the only ones in for lunch at 2.15pm, we had fantastic service from Eric. Starter salads were crisp and refreshing, although it would have been nice to have had a little less Iceberg lettuce and a little more Cos ( one large token leaf). The steaks were great: mine a medium rare and my husband's medium - cooked to perfection; accompanying French fries were superb, as was the Cafe de Paris butter sauce. Attentive service asked if we required a top up of fries and sauce, at no extra cost. All washed down with a very drinkable red blend, with 'good legs' as the wine tasters say. Restaurant is inside an old building, and so found decor a little gloomy for day time. But all in all, it's a will go back for us. They also do a 2 for 1 on a Monday evening, so the R169 becomes R85 each. Good work, HQ.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Josie L
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English first
Cape Town Central, South Africa
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Food great. Toilet filthy and staff member stank”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

We have such a great time alway at HQ. our waiter Sebastian was attentive and excellent and the food was great.

Concerns. The men's washroom stank of urine at 2000 at night with tissues all over the floors. Dirty ones

The manager in a striped shirt with fresh wounds on his face had such body odor that we all nearly passed out

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Dharma455
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Excellent steak”
Reviewed August 21, 2013

We went there to celebrate our son's birthday along with a group of his friends. As in other reviews there is only one choice - steak. It was extremely good. The service was good and the waiter came round a couple of times with extra fries and sauce. The music is quite loud so not a place for intimate conversation. The drinks are expensive, however. Overall, an enjoyable meal.

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank jamjarJohannesburg
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
Level 5 Contributor
38 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Safe choice”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

Enjoyed the meal (steak/chips/salad/dessert) very basic.
Although a set menu, dessert was optional. Had the cheescake which was quite a huge portion for 1.
The winelist is good but very expensive so be warned.
Wouldn't want to experience the restaurant on a Monday as the downstairs dining area is quite cramped (Not private for personal conversations)
Steak was a 250g Sirloin with chips (ask for enough when placing the order) They do come round with 'extra' chips during the meal....but only towards the end,so ask for a good helping if that's what you prefer.
Waitress was fast, friendly and efficient. The manager was also attentive.
As for ambiance, its the kind of place you take a friend for a quick dinner, not romantic or overly impressive.
Bill for 2 set menus plus 1 cheesecake 1 Creme Bruleé and 2 draught beers = R485. (Without tip)

You decide

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank carelbotha
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Pretoria, South Africa
Level 5 Contributor
39 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Awesome live music and delicious food”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

3 atmospheres: cosy sofa corner, bar with dance floor and restaurant. Very nice ambiance! Food was delicious, nice cocktails and great entertainment. People started to dance at 22h already.
And people were between 30-50 years old :-)

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Marlene_Scheck
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