Chardonnay Deli, Constantia

Where | Hidden next to the Groot Constantia centre is the Chardonnay Deli, a farmstall and restaurant. The restaurant has an indoor and outdoor area. I would certainly recommend sitting outside, as the tables are dotted between the oak trees. It has a relaxed and rustic vibe despite being off a pretty busy road. I ordered from the free-standing, wooden menu, which was charming. Although their menu is fairly small, there is a nice selection. Chardonnay Deli is also known for their decadent selection of cakes (which includes Banting and wheat-free options).


What | The chicken burger is a grilled chicken breast, which comes on a kitke roll with cranberry sauce and brie cheese. The cheese was melted, the breast was tender and the sauce was sweet. The roll was clearly fresh and really tasty. There were also green leaves on the burger, which didn’t detract from the taste. It was absolutely divine. The ratio and size were perfect and the flavours and textures complimented each other so well. The meal was pretty large, as there were chunky wedges on the side.


The chicken burger costs R99


Conclusion | The whole experience was lovely and the burger was wonderful. It was definitely one of the fancier burgers that I have eaten. Because of the quality of the flavours and the portion size, it is worth the price. I am looking forward to trying their other meals, especially the platter.

Kirstenbosch Tea Room, Newlands

Where | The Tea Room is located near the top gate at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. If you haven’t been there yet, please remove yourself from the rock under which you have been living and go there as soon as possible. In all seriousness, this restaurant is an absolute treat: gorgeous location, fantastic service and consistently delicious food.  I have been eating these burgers long before the Burger Blog was born. But, for the sake of those who might not have tried them, I wanted to review one. They offer three “normal” sized burgers, as well as two smaller burgers. Be warned, the portions are big!


What | My go-to burger is the Not-So-Hungry Chicken burger, with sweet potato chips on the side. In my opinion, this is their best burger. Their beef burger is also delicious (my brother adores it), but it has a lot of sauce. The chicken breast is tender and moist, and the sauce is a little tangy. The toppings (pickled onions, gherkins, lettuce, mayo and tomato) compliment the breast perfectly. The portion is very generous, and there is a heap of the most delicious sweet potato chips on the side.


The Not-So-Hungry Chicken burger is R89


Conclusion | The Tea Room’s Chicken burger is an absolute winner for me. I think it ties with Myatt for the best chicken burger is my hunt so far. I would whole-heartedly recommend it as a lunch time option.

Have you tried the burgers at the Kirstenbosch Tea Room? Which is your favourite?

Jake’s, Steenberg Village

Where | A friend and I went to Jakes at Steenberg Village for its Burger and Band special. It’s exactly as it sounds. Every Tuesday night, you can get two beef-based burgers for the price of one. Your experience will be determined by where you sit: the restaurant has moody, dim lighting, whereas outside has fairy lights, live music and is more peaceful. We chose to sit in the courtyard and sang with the acoustic music.


What | There are so many options!  There are at least 9 burgers, with the added options of bunless, different sauces, normal fries and sweet potato fries. The 200g patties are usually grilled to medium, although I asked for medium-rare. I chose the Classic American Burger, because I wanted to try one of the simpler burgers. The enormous burger included mature cheddar, chipotle mayo, gherkin and fried onion rings. It was a rather messy eat. I ended up dissecting it and ate it in parts, so I would have preferred a smaller burger. Although I found the patty to be under-seasoned, I enjoyed the burger overall. I order fries as a side, which were delicious.


The Classic American Burger costs R99 (although I paid R49,50)


Conclusion | If the patty had had stronger seasoning, this burger could have contended as a favourite. I really appreciated the burger special, and thought that the meal was great value for money. The special, setting and different options made it the perfect girls’ night out spot.

 

Where is your favourite burger special in Cape Town? Which burgers have you tried at Jake’s?

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?

The Green Vine Eatery, Constantia

Where | The Green Vine Eatery is a sweet – and surprisingly reasonable – restaurant in Contantia Nek. Although there is seating inside and outside, I would definitely recommend outside, as there are stunning views of the mountain, vineyards and city. This is the place for dog lovers. Not only do the resident dogs have free reign of the property, but guests are welcome to bring their own dogs with them. Their menu is rather small, but they have a lot of vegetarian options. It’s a slow-paced restaurant, so come with the intention of spending a few hours. Be warned, that although they are open every day, they close at 5pm.*


What |  Despite the small menu, there are several burger options: beef, chicken, vegetarian and bunless, with chips or salad on the side. I chose the beef Gourmet Vine burger, with a salad. The presentation was lovely – the food arrived on a wooden board, with their logo on the bottom right-hand corner. The burger was place on the one side of the board, with two fried onion rings on top of it. The patty was herby, and well-seasoned. The gourmet element was the added mushrooms (in a creamy sauce?) and camembert, which had melted on the burger. I’m really not a mushroom fan, but the few that were on the burger added a lot of flavour. Overall, the burger was very tasty, with a pleasant texture. The salad wasn’t bad, but I didn’t like the dressing. My dad had the chicken burger (apparently, it was also delicious), with chips on the side. Definitely go for the chips! They were nicely cooked, and had a scrummy seasoning on them.


The beef Gourmet Vine Burger costs R95


Conclusion | I’d definitely recommend visiting this hidden gem and trying their gourmet burger. The flavours were fantastic, the feeling was serene and the views were breathtaking.

*according to Zomato

 

Have you been to Green Vine Eatery before? Which burger did you order?

Burger and Lobster, CBD

Where | I always giggle at the thought that many of the trendiest food spots are located on a street that shares a name with cheese. Burger and Lobster is a small restaurant on Bree Street, conveniently situated opposite off-street parking. There are tables on the pavement, as well as indoor seating. When Burger and Lobster reached out to me over my Instagram page (to try the “best burger” in Cape Town), my interest was piqued. Burger and Lobster is relatively new – it only opened in July 2016. Their menu is tiny. They only offer one type of burger, a lobster roll and fresh lobster, with a wide variety of drinks.


What | Because the concept is so unique, I was really excited to try their burger, especially because my expectations were already quite high. It was out of this world! The bun-patty ratio was on point, and the patty itself was well-seasoned, perfectly-cooked, and had a lovely consistency. It usually comes with bacon and cheese, so the only downside was that there was no bacon replacement. The melted cheese was creamy and rich, and complimented the other flavours very well. The brioche bun was fresh. The burger arrived with tasty chips and an non-clichéd salad as sides. You know I mean… After a while, the usual lettuce-tomato-cucumber combination gets a bit boring. This salad had dark leaves, croutons, onion rings, a  balsamic dressing and cheese (maybe parmesan?). I cannot write highly enough about this burger!


The burger costs R135


Conclusion | Although the price is fairly steep, this is arguably the best beef burger that I have eaten to date. Instead of skimping on average burgers, I would highly recommend saving and splurging on this one. Do yourself a favour, and visit Burger and Lobster when you can.

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?