After only getting home at 4am after the Hogs gig earlier this month, Saturday called for a decent meal. It was dark and rainy, but Mr John and I decided to return to Bar-B-Que. A few years ago I’d written a post about the Parow restaurant yet hadn’t managed to return since. I decided to check how well the post had done and was surprised to see that it had over 5500 views. So I rang them up and said, “This is a very strange phone call, but I wrote a blog post about you that’s had over 5500 views and I wondered if I might come in again and visit?” The lady immediately knew what I was talking about and advised me to come in at 9pm when things had quietened down a bit more. This was fine as I was still in
feelsorryforyourself sloffy clothes and was happy to kill an hour or two before arriving.
Mr John and I drove down the dark and mysterious Voortrekker road from Maitland, observing the prostitutes and scoundrels on the strip, slowly making our way into the more quiet, suburban sections of the famous Cape Town road. Eventually, we saw the friendly, shining lights of Bar-B-Que directly opposite the Parow Center.
We were warmly welcomed and shown to our table. I always get such a warm and giggly feeling when I settle at Bar-B-Que as it reminds me of my days growing up in a one-horse
read gembok town in Namibia. The quirky decor, wooden panelled seats and walls and the best meaty food.
Since I was in the Northern Suburbs I ordered myself a double brandy and Coke. I still smile when they give us big cans of coke (the rest of the city really needs to get back into this! None of that 200ml can business).
After I’d had a sip I had the honour of meeting the restaurant’s cook and owner Marius. Since I’d written my first blog post on Bar-B-Que he had wondered, for all the years, who this ‘boring chick’ was who had written the piece. It was wonderful to officially meet and I was so pleased to hear that my post had made a difference to his business. While I only had an iPhone4 back then, the following pictures will do the food FAR more justice!
It wouldn’t be a visit to Bar-B-Que if I didn’t have a giant schnitzel so I ordered that. It’s a pork schnitzel with mushrooms and a cheese sauce. We also ordered the ribs as this is another of their speciality dishes. In true Bar-B-Que style they came hot, fresh and tasty. I always laugh when the food arrives as it is SOOO much! But the home cooked style of food is SO good. Truly delicious.
BAR-B-QUE PORK SCHNITZEL
Here’s a picture with an iPhone 5S next to the plate so you can see how much food it really is!
We tried to hard to eat as much food as possible but this was as far as we could get! (I don’t usually post half eat plates of food, it’s a no-no for me, but I just had to prove my point!) Food for days!
The menu at Bar-B-Que is simple and filling. This is not a restaurant for vegetarians! – Unless you want to eat slaai en slap chips (side salad and fries). The staff offer polite and efficient service as to be expected from Afrikaans etiquette. It’s a pleasure to deal with them and nothing is ever too much trouble.
Prices have recently been updated. Expect starters to be priced between R40 and R70 and mains between R80 and R200 – depending on the size of your portions.
The food at Bar-B-Que makes you feel really good so head out there, have a drink and enjoy a feast! Find the restaurant directly opposite the Sanlam/Parow Center at 331 Voortrekker Road (about 10 minutes from Grand West, in Voortrekker road), there is ample, free parking either on the road or opposite the restaurant.