31 Oct The Full Hog | Blogpost by Dax
In 2015 Condé Nast Traveller voted Cape Town the number one city in the world for food. There is a good reason for that – Cape Town is filled to the brim with amazing eateries. In fact, there are so many great restaurants in Cape Town that it can be difficult to decide where to go and eat!
I like to choose places that give me the best bang for buck, where it’s not just about the food or the view, but a combination of things that makes it a great experience. Hoghouse at Spier is one of those places that checks all the boxes.
Thanks to its prime location on Spier Wine Estate, the setting at Hoghouse is so pleasant it feels like you’re in the tranquillity garden at a spa. There is even a large grassy area next to the restaurant where kids can run around and let off some steam.
When you’re in the winelands, it’s usually all about the wine, and Hoghouse does have a selection of quality wines on offer. But I must admit, after a few wine tastings I actually crave the refreshing bitterness of a cold beer, especially on a hot day! Hoghouse has a brewery at their Ndabeni location, so they have fresh, hand-crafted beer available on tap.
If you’re a beer beginner, try the African Pale Ale, which is clean and refreshing. If you’re experienced in craft beer, you’ll enjoy the Amber Ale or India Pale Ale. My personal favourite is the Saison which is a style you don’t find often. Aficionados will probably be interested in the Porter or the new Belgian wit style beer that was recently launched at #HogtoberFest. All of the beers, while true to style, are made to be approachable for the general palate.
I think the menu was decided by brainstorming what would be the perfect food to serve with beer. Imagine, fresh from the smoker, spare ribs, pork belly, lamb shoulder and my personal favourite, brisket burnt ends.
Feel like something you can grab with your hands? Try the bratwurst hotdog, beef brisket or pulled pork bun, smoked lamb baguette or the delicious beef burger.
What really sells the menu for me are the sides. I love unusual and tasty sides. We had the baked cauliflower and it was amazing. But there are so many exciting options like charred butternut, braai broodjie, fire roasted beets and many more. I could have a meal of just the sides, that’s how interesting they are.
With the setting, freshly brewed beer and super delicious food, Hoghouse at Spier is definitely on my shortlist of great Cape Town eateries.
But, there is one extra thing which on its own is enough to make me drive out of my way to visit Hoghouse, and that is their pasteis de nata. They are without a doubt the best in Cape Town.
If you’re in the vicinity of Hoghouse at Spier on a Friday afternoon, don’t miss out on #FreeKegFriday. From 5pm they give away beer until the keg is empty. So get there promptly and enjoy some free beer!
AND if it happens to be the last Friday of the month, stay on for Beats & BBQ. Described as the full Hoghouse experience, this 3 course BBQ feast and beers on tap is complemented by live music and entertaining lawn games.