Hudson’s Burger Joint, Claremont

Where | Hudson’s is known country-wide for their burgers. Even before writing my first review, I knew that I had to try one of their burgers for the blog. Their extensive menu is overwhelming. You choose your burger and a preferred size (180g or 250g), as well as optional sides which cost extra. It’s an affordable system, with lots of choice. This branch is conveniently located near Cavendish, so it’s a central place to meet friends. It’s a popular hang-out for students.


What | After much deliberating, I chose the Works, which is a beef patty (180g) with mustard mayo, tomato relish, cheddar cheese, cos lettuce, red onion and dill pickle. It’s a classic burger combo and a good size. Although they get points for cooking their patties at medium-rare and for using free-range and grass-fed beef, I wish that the patty was better seasoned. It was overpowered by the pickles. I really liked the relish-melted cheese combo. We also got the disco fries (with peri-peri and mozzarella) which were really nice. It’s a big portion, so I’d suggest sharing.


 

The Works (180g) costs R66

The Disco Fries costs R29


Conclusion | I enjoyed the Works burger, but I found the patty disappointing. If you’re a regular reader, you’d know that a well-seasoned patty is a must for my burgers. However, if your burger is made by its toppings and condiments, I think that this might be a winner for you.

 

Which Hudson’s branch is your favourite? Which burger should I order next time?

The Copper Club Eatery, Newlands

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Where | The Copper Club Eatery is a new burger and pizza restaurant in the student-suburb of Newlands. After hearing recommendations, a friend and I decided it was the perfect place for Sunday lunch. We were really happy with the hipster décor and the tasty coffee options. I promise that I wasn’t going to order a burger… I went with the firm intention of having a salad (for the record, they looked really good). But when the waiter announced a burger special, I couldn’t resist! The burger special is everyday (!) between midday and 5pm.


What | Although the burger options are extensive, the special was only for the Swiss Burger – with your choice of patty – and skinny fries. The burger has Emmentaler cheese, caramelized onions and truffle oil. I chose a beef patty, cooked medium-rare. Oh my giddy aunt, did this burger deliver! The flavours, the textures, the seasoning… It was delicious! This is what a simple burger should be. The meat was lovely and pink, plus the combination of the cheese and pickles offered a nice tartness. I must admit, I’m not really sure what truffle oil tastes like, so I couldn’t single out that flavor. The chips on the side were also seasoned, and came with aioli (my favourite!). The size was just right for lunch, and I was full until dinner time.


The Swiss burger special costs R49


Conclusion | What a treat! Not only was this one of the nicest beef burgers that I’ve had, but it was so refreshing to have an all week daytime burger special. This burger (plus chips and aioli) would easily have cost over R90. Go go go!
What is your favourite Copper Club burger? Have you tried their day-time special?

Mugg and Bean, Cavendish

Where | Ok, let’s be honest. Restaurants in malls are not the most glamorous. But they’re necessary for breaks between errands. Mugg and Bean is a classic. Coffee is obvious, but I never know which meal to order, because their menus are so expansive. I was meeting a friend, and had been eying a particular burger for a while…


What | One of the new burgers is the Sesame-crusted Buttermilk Chicken Burger. Oh my gosh. This can better be described as a meal on a bun. The burger contains chicken strips, coleslaw, parmesan, lettuce, tomato, and a citrus dressing . It’s probably one of the nicest dishes that I’ve had at Mugg and Bean. Although chicken strips were a nice change and the ‘slaw was a fun addition, it didn’t feel like a burger to me. It felt more like an American-style shwarma. I will say that the citrus dressing was an excellent choice – it complimented all the flavours well. The burger can be served with normal or sweet potato chips, of which I chose the latter. I can imagine this burger is not for everyone, especially if you’re not a big fan of  lime or coleslaw.


The chicken burger is R69,90


Conclusion | I really liked this burger! It was reasonably priced for the amount of food. It was a fun twist on what a chicken burger is expected to be, and was surprisingly tasty. While I wouldn’t necessarily order this if I had a burger craving,  I would recommend it for its flavors.

 

Which Mugg and Bean has the best burgers? Have you tried the new chicken burger?

The Village Bistro, Durbanville

Where | The Village Bistro is a hidden gem in suburban Durbanville. I was housesitting in the area over the festive season, and was dying to test the local burgers. It had received good ratings on my favourite restaurant app, plus it was close. What a sight for sore eyes! The  décor is gorgeous inside and outside: wood, greenery and quirky light fittings. We sat in the courtyard (definitely recommended). It was surprisingly peaceful, despite backing onto a busy road. They also serve pizzas, tapas, flatbreads, sarmies and salads. The cherry on the top was the fantastic service and the well-made coffee.


What | I was overwhelmed by choice, which was not surprisingly seeing as they have 7 choices, including vegetarian and lamb. Their burgers are surprisingly reasonable… The cheapest is only R50! I decided on the Cheese Burger. The burger was a course beef mince patty, with melted cheese, tomato, lettuce, mayo and a homemade bell pepper relish. The relish was cool and a little tangy. The bun was lightly toasted. It was accompanied by proper potato wedges and fried onion rings. The burger was very tasty. The patty was rarer than I usually order, but the combo of the  relish and the meat was quite vibrant. It was still cooked properly – the outside was grilled properly, so it was a pleasant change from my usual medium-rare. The meal was a good portion size and generous for the price – it didn’t feel heavy and excessive.


The Cheese Burger costs R70


Conclusion | This was the ideal burger for summer! The fresh flavours, careful seasoning and good portion-size made this burger an absolute winner for me. The Village Bistro opened a few months ago, and deserves every success. Keep an eye out for their burger specials to further compliment their affordable prices.

What’s your favourite burger place in Durbanville? Have you been to Village Bistro?

RocoMamas, Green Point

Where | RocoMamas is known for smashburgers, ribs and wings. I had been there once before. The industrial décor isn’t to my taste, so my expectations were not terribly high before I ordered the first time. Ordering reminded me of a children’s activity book. You actually tick your choices off a sheet, which you hand to the waiter. How fun is this?


What | There are so many burger options. You start by deciding on your smash (beef, chicken or veg). You can then choose from their set menu. Alternatively, you can build your own burger. Finally, you can add a side of shoe string fries or salad. This is the absolute dream of every DIYer! Totally excited (and overwhelmed  by all the choices), I decided to go with one of their set burgers. The Rock Star (with a smashed beef patty) has emmanthal cheese, caramelised red onion and RocoMayo. I added a small shoe string fries (which was not that small). It was so refreshing to have a beef burger with a mayo-based sauce and not a bbq sauce for a change. The melted cheese with the mayo was so tasty. The burger was simple and the patty was properly cooked. The roll itself was not that interesting, but it’s worth it for the price.

Warning: this is not a first date burger. To be fair, I am a particularly messy eater (my family and friends would attest to this). Somehow, I managed to get sauce and onions on the table, food board, and all over my face and hands.


The RockStar (150g) is R55

The small shoe string fries in R15


Conclusion | Both times that I have visited RocoMamas, I have been blown away at the taste and the price of the burgers… The Rock Star is definitely a winner. It’s the perfect spot for a casual dinner with friends. I can’t wait to return.

Have you ever been to RocoMamas? What was your burger experience like?

The Press – Bar and Grill, Sea Point

GUEST REVIEWER: Alicia  (edited)

Where | Nestled on Sea Point’s main road is this trendy new little home to burgers and craft beers. Be careful, it is fairly easy to miss! It can get a bit drafty, but the menu offers up something for everybody and draws from cuisines across the world. And with a two for one burger special every Monday, how could it go wrong?


What | The menu offers regular chicken or beef burgers, as well as gourmet burgers – patty options including vegetarian, lamb, fish and pork. The Big Ben, the Italian Job, the All American and the Snob (French) are some of the burgers available – all accompanied with slaw or fries.  I chose the Snob with a chicken breast. The burger usually comes with brie, cranberry sauce, walnuts and bacon, although I asked for mine to come without the bacon. Our burgers arrived and while they weren’t huge, they were far from disappointing. The creaminess of the brie mixed with the sweetness of the cranberry sauce was wonderful. It was only improved by the surprising (and forgotten) crunch of walnuts.  Overall, it was a great burger with great ingredients.


The Snob costs R90


Conclusion | If your wallet and stomach are both feeling hunger pangs, The Press’s Monday special is not an opportunity to miss. They have other great deals throughout the week and, although the food is not mind-blowing, it is definitely worth a visit.

 

What is your favourite Monday burger special? Have you tried The Press before?

 

Lime Tree Café, Bergvliet

Where | Hidden deep within the heart of the Southern Suburbs is the gem that is the Lime Tree Café. It is worth visiting, even if you don’t regularly find yourself in that part of Cape Town. Bonus points that it is in a fairly quiet, residential area.


What | Lime Tree has a fair section of beef or chicken burgers, as well as the Earth Burger (which is vegetarian). They are fairly reasonable, considering the large portions. I am always fascinated by the different options (like as the Firecracker Burger or the Pizza Burger). I must admit that I usually go for the same option: the Free Range Chicken Burger. The chicken breast is marinated in a lemon and herb sauce. Alongside the fillings (rocket, dark greens, a deep-fried onion ring, sauce, avo salsa, red onion, pickles and tomato), there was also pepperdew and feta added. The pepperdews add a nice kick. I love to eat burgers with my hands, but this one is too big. What I love about this burger is that the fillings are plentiful and not just the usual lettuce-onion-tomato combo. The ingredients are also obviously fresh. The portion is huge – go hungry!


 The Free Range Chicken Burger costs R78


Conclusion | This burger is tasty and filling – everything that I expect from a chicken burger. The convenient location and fairly reasonable price just seals the deal for me.

 

Have you been to the Lime Tree Café? Have you tried their burgers before?

The Braai Spot, Sea Point Promenade

Where | Sea Point Promenade has got to be one of my very favourite places in Cape Town. It’s so beautiful -perfect for a long stroll alongside the sea. I mean, some people run. I prefer to try to make friends with other people’s dogs. On my most recent walk, I was delighted to find a little burger place amongst the food stands (near the public pool). The Braai Spot makes a small selection of simple burgers. They will cook your burger as you wait. The burgers were reasonable and I was hungry. So, I took the risk…


What | Oh boy, did I make the right decision! It was so delicious. I chose the beef burger: a beef patty in a seeded roll, with lettuce and a tomato slice. There is the option of adding mustard, tomato-, barbecue- or peri-peri sauce (I went for a combo of tomato sauce and peri-peri). The patty was cooked properly: juicy and well-seasoned. I was so tempted to buy another! The burger was accompanied with a homemade lemonade from the stall next door named Toasted & Freshly Squeezed.


 The beef burger costs R35

The homemade lemonade (not pictured) costs R20


Conclusion | Not only was this meal kind to my budget, but it was incredibly yummy. I was so so impressed by this burger. This must be one of my absolute favourites. I’ll definitely go back.

 

Have you been to The Braai Spot? Which burger did you try?