Friday, January 30, 2009

Class from Caveau

HQ restaurant, the latest offering from the Caveau team, had their launch party last night. Fantastic wines, sirloin and chips; Music from Rene & Kayembe; hordes of people who want and enjoy some of the best food, wines and vibe in Cape Town.

HQ is another winner.


Headquarters Restaurant, Cape Town

December 2008
Cape Town

Since Cape Town has an abundance of restaurants famous for their meat, another one shouldn’t raise any eyebrows. Yet the team behind Caveau, Cape Town’s popular wine bar and restaurant, are doing just that through their new restaurant, with a focus exclusively on steak. Headquarters is situated on Heritage Square in the city centre, and is loosely based on the famous Parisian restaurant, Le Relais de L’Entrecote, in its homage to meat.

Most noticeable about Headquarters is the straightforward menu concept: it offers a fixed menu of a salad followed by sirloin and chips. Dessert will be an option, but other than how customers would like their steaks cooked, there aren’t many more decisions to make. Which allows guests to focus their attention on the serious wine list. Instead of being crowded with selections, the concise list introduces guests to a changing array of local wines they would rarely get to sample elsewhere. A sizeable bar area opens onto the Heritage Square courtyard, and offers a cocktail list and comfortable lounge seating.

The single-minded restaurant concept is a breath of fresh air in comparison to the numerous restaurants that offer overextended menus and little focus. Headquarters’ focus on one dish will ensure excellence in every meal. Owners Brendon Crew, Jean Muller and Marc Langlois are confident that customers will be repeatedly drawn by the high quality of naturally reared beef, sourced from Eastern Cape. The stimulating wine list and a casual-chic, brasserie-like atmosphere will only add to the experience. And having built Caveau into the success it is today, there is no better team to introduce this new concept to Cape Town.

Headquarters will be the sister restaurant to Caveau, which opened in an historical building in the city centre in 2003. The combination of unassuming hosts serving quality cuisine in an unpretentious atmosphere proved an instant winner. Still as popular today, they have found significant acclaim, including a coveted place on the Condé Nast U.S. list of “35 Coolest International Night Spots.” In January 2007, they opened a second restaurant, Caveau at The Mill, in another area of Cape Town.

Headquarters Restaurant
Open Mon – Sat, Kitchen serving 11h30 – 22h30; bar open late.
Heritage Square
Shortmarket Street, Cape Town
(t) + 27 21 424 6373
(f) +27 21 424 6374

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