I visited Hard Rock Cafe Cape Town in Camps Bay on the Promenade for lunch on Valentine’s day with a friend, for their globally coordinated new menu launch.

A friendly waiter ushers us to a booth upstairs, where we were seated and given the new menu to look at. While looking at the list of dishes available, I notice the prominent slogan hanging on the wall “love all serve all”. uhmm I wondered what the significance about these word was , but i didn’t ask.

As you enter the restaurant it seems small, I didn’t even notice that it had and upstairs, until the waiter usher us to the staircase to seat us. The Upstairs section is spacious, it has a bar counter and seating at the balcony overlooking the mesmerizing camps bay beachfront . The music memorabilia is the most important aspect of the decor and is displayed throughout the restaurant.

Cape Town branch displays a pair of Bob Dylan’s boots; a Chrome DW Drum Kit used by drummer Brent Fitz whilst touring with Slash;; Katy Perry suede belt worn in the making of ‘I kissed a girl’, a Gibson Les Paul Studio guitar belonging to Les Studio; an Amberburst PRS guitar, used on the 2001 Madonna tour; a custom microphone stand used by Rihanna at a performance at the American Music Awards in 2009 and a whole lot more. I will have to visit the Hard Rock Cafe on another day to check out the full list of their memorabilia.

The new menu listed about more than 20 new dishes. With the most innovate dishes and the world’s first edible 24-karat gold leaf steak burger. (which will benefit Action Against Hunger to assist in the fight against world hunger , uhm “love all serve all”).

24-KARAT GOLD LEAF STEAK BURGER

Fresh steak burger, topped with 24-karat edible gold leaf, served with cheddar cheese, leaf lettuce, vine-ripened tomato and red onion.
It’s pure gold. Sounds exquisite.

The lady came to take our order, bummer that the 24-karat gold leaf steak burger was sold out she informed us, I understood though, after all it was the new menu launch and everyone wanted the gold experience. Me and my friend tried the new Cookies and Cream milkshake, it was an all- natural Madagascar vanilla bean ice cream blended with white chocolate and Oreo cookies whipped cream and a sugar-dusted brownie square.

As a main course, I had the Mushroom & Swiss burger, this included Quinoa patty smothered with sauteed mushrooms and Swiss cheese, topped with crisp lettuce, vine-ripened tomato and red onion. My friend tried the Steak salad, 23kg grilled steak on a bed of fresh mixed green tossed in a blue cheese vinaigrette, with pickled red onions, red peppers and Roma tomatoes, finished with crispy shoestring onions and blue cheese crumbles. Our meals were super- sized, it was a very generous amount of food. You surely get your moneys worth. The taste was pleasant and satisfactory. I couldn’t even get to desert but what sounded good on the desert menu is the New York Cheesecake, a rich and creamy NY-style cheesecake served with thin layers of chocolate and caramel sauce, finished with sprinkles of toffee-almond crunch next time. I will have to go visit Hard Rock Cafe again to try the desert and the 24-karat gold leaf steak burger.

Lucky the Sales and Marketing Manager of Hard Rock Cafe in Cape Town, says they have pulled out all the stops to welcome local guests and tourists from all over to the best location on Camps Bay. He also said “We host live bands on Thursdays and Sundays. Guests can also look forward to more live local artists showcasing their talent. Management are also looking into hosting comedy night at the branch.

With a brilliant atmosphere, ravishing views and their new innovative menu, I’m excited to see what more Hard Rock cafe has to offer. My eating experience at the Cape Town branch was pleasant, delicious meals and great customer serves, “Take Time to Be Kind”.