Bar-B-Que Steakhouse, Parow.

Many years ago I visited a restaurant with my ex boyfriend and his family that soon became one of our favourite spots. Bar-B-Que Parow is a landmark restaurant influenced by Namakwaland in the Northern Cape. Great quality meat and value with a touch of comedy – they have a few strange rules, such as a cover charge of R50 if you don’t order a meal! I guess they’re busy enough to charge you if you’re going to hold them back from making their profits, fair enough.

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Paying over R100 for a steak at a great restaurant isn’t unusual, but it’s usually for 250g / 300g. The beauty at BBQ is that R130 doesn’t get you a 300g steak, it gets your a 500g steak! The portions in this place is crazy!


The speciality at Bar-B-Que Steakhouse is schnitzels. There’s a wide range from mushroom, mushroom and cheese, pepper, pepper and cheese and more! And they are HUGE. I had the full portion once before and I literally ate it for 3 days afterwards.

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You gotta love the Northern suburbs for their brandy prices as well. I ordered a double brandy and coke and of course, they had every brand I could think of and gave me a large can of coke; something that died years ago when restaurants learnt they can charge big can prices for 200ml cans! No matter which brandy I chose, it was all R10 bucks a shot, you gotta love it!

For supper I had the small portion of a cheese and mushroom schnitzel which was still huge (R80>). My partner had the full portion, what a lag! Three HUGE pork schnitzels and pepper sauce with chips (R150). We put a phone to show next to the plate to illustrate how large they are. You can eat and eat and eat but there was on finishing it. So we had it for supper again the next night.


Bar-B-Que is a must for everyone, just one time. Take a drive out to Parow and enjoy the feast. The restaurant may look like Springbok in the 80’s but that’s half its charm, good honest food for great prices that are delicious.

P.S We tipped the waitress R50 and just round the whole bill off. The manageress double checked with us if we were happy to include the 20c that rounded the bill up. I thought she was joking but she was VERY serious and insisted that it was our money and that she must be sure. You gotta love Northern hospitality. It’s good to know honest values still exist somewhere in the city, even if it was only about 20c!

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  • Niecie says:

    LOVE this place! I was also introduced to it by an ex-boyfriend. Atleast one good thing came of the relationship. The owner is a very nice man and comes to your table and talks to you as if you’ve been friends for years. He is also the one and only chef. So all the good food is thanks to him. Pity that he will never devulge his secret recipes. For now, I am just happy to enjoy the good food (for the next 3 days)

  • Andre Kotze. says:

    Nothing bad ever came out of Namaqualand. Just a thought ‘boring cape town chick’, befriend the owners and learn real Namaqualand wisdom and values.

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