Bubble Wrap: Van Hunks

 

“The stranger saw this as a challenge and they smoked. And they smoked and smoked until Table Mountain was covered in their fumes. Van Hunks was holding his own, showing no sign of tiring, when the frustrated stranger wiped his brow, knocking his hat off, revealing a nifty set of horns. Unmasked, Satan lost his rag and disappeared in a sulphuric bang, leaving Van Hunks short of breath but unbeaten.”

 

These days complaints and dissatisfied customers are broadcasted amongst various social media channels which makes it more vital than ever for the brand to react in a positive and sensitive way.  It tells you a lot about a brand with how they deal with unhappy clients.

I had a below average experience one Sunday at Van Hunks, and mentioned it on facebook.  A couple of days later I received a message from the manager sincerely apologising and inviting me back for a complimentary meal for myself and my partner to make it up to me.  I would maybe expect this if I had been served raw food or found a piece of glass in my dish but I simply just did not enjoy my meal.  I was hugely impressed already.

So ‘The Stuntman’ and I planned to go back last Thursday; an old friend was back in town ‘The Consultant’ and wanted to come with; obviously happy to pay for his meal.

I have noticed a huge change in Van Hunks since it opened.  When it first opened it oozed class and was were the Cape Town larnies frequented often.  White tables cloths and opulence filled the dining room.  It is now home to a much more relaxed ambience.  It is a place to meet friends for a drink (normally more), or to come and feed empty stomachs generously portioned comfort food.  The music caters for everyone’s taste and is neither too loud for the diners but gets the drinkers in the mood for more…

We had a wonderful evening; we went on a Thursday night and Van Hunks was buzzing.  The menu is a combination of South African favourites and pub fare; with a great variety to make sure all guests are catered for.  My only complaint would be the limited unimaginative wine list and the waiters’s lack of knowledge about the wines.  The food was all well received; fresh produce and generous portions.  The service was attentive and friendly even when they are running off their feet.

Black and White Sesame Seared Tuna with Stir Fried Vegetables with an oriental style dressing, -R90 Black and White Sesame Seared Tuna with Stir Fried Vegetables with an oriental style dressing, -R90

300g Matured A Grade Rump Steak grilled and served with herb butter and choice of starch. - R98 Choice of sauces for extra R12 300g Matured A Grade Rump Steak grilled and served with herb butter and choice of starch. - R98 Choice of sauces for extra R12

Smokey Homemade Fishcakes served with fresh coriander and herb mayo on a bed of rocket accompanied by a choice of starch - R68 Smokey Homemade Fishcakes served with fresh coriander and herb mayo on a bed of rocket accompanied by a choice of starch - R68

Three Dessert Options; Creme Brûlée, Traditional Malva Pudding, Homemade Chocolate Brownie. - R35 each Three Dessert Options; Creme Brûlée, Traditional Malva Pudding, Homemade Chocolate Brownie. - R35 each

 

The owner, Chris, came over to express his gratitude for us returning and sad everything we ordered, including our extra guest, was on the house.  An extremely generous gesture.  but please be assured that not being the reason for the postive review.  They were obviously not on their usual form when we went there previously; and the service and quality we received this time I can guarantee is their standard.  We will definaitely become regualars and so should you...

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