Where | I was travelling in Israel for two weeks recently, and decided that I had to sample a local burger. Surprisingly, there were lots of different options. Because of the sizable number of expats, there were many restaurants claiming to serve the “best American burgers”. After much debating, we decided on Jozef Burger and Bar, which is near Mehane Yehuda (the big shuk – or market – in West Jerusalem). It’s a really vibey area, so we went for drinks in the shuk afterwards. Jozef is Kosher, which meant that ordering a cheese burger wasn’t an option, and that we could go only after the Sabbath had ended (it’s closed between Friday – and Saturday night). Kosher meat isn’t usually my favourite (the meat is a weird combo of salty and dry), so I really wasn’t sure what to expect.
What | I decided on the “Angus Burger” – a 240g burger which is made from Angus beef. Red meat is expensive in Israel, but if you’re going to order a burger, you should order a big one, right? The burger was giant, including the fresh roll. The patty itself was well-cooked and spiced nicely. The burger included all the traditional add-ons, like lettuce and tomato. The caramelised onion was a nice touch. I’ll share my slightly embarrassing secret with you: the restaurant was pretty noisy while we were there… So, when I ordered, I agreed to have all three sauces added to my burger. I never heard what they were, but they were tasty anyway. Be warned – the burger does not come with chips, you have to pay extra for sides.
The Angus Burger cost 45 NIS (approximately R160)
The chips cost 15 NIS (approximately R55)
Conclusion | The Angus Burger was a pleasant surprise, and it changed my conception of what Kosher meat can taste like. The burger was filling and tasty. I’d definitely recommend visiting Jozef for their burgers – I’m glad that we chose this restaurant. However, the burger was enough to eat, so I don’t think it’s necessary to order sides as well… Unless you’re very hungry and planning to walk a lot afterwards.
Have you tried a burger in Jerusalem recently? Where was your favourite spot?
Where | Recently, I went to Hermanus with a group of friends. My favourite thing to do on roadtrips is to try out new restaurants or cafes. We ate out fairly often, but my best meal was at the Savannah Café. It’s a quirky, bright red building near the Hermanus Station. If you are able, definitely sit outside – we could see the sea and it was great fun to watch the other tourists.
What | They offer two burgers (chicken or beef), with three possible extras. I chose the beef burger, with guacamole, feta and chutney. It usually comes with bacon, although they were accommodating to exclude it. If I had to describe this burger in one word, it would be “homemade”… This was proper comfort food. The patty was made of beef and vegetables, and wasn’t grilled like a typical patty. Through this experience, I have discovered that I’m not a big fan of excessive BBQ sauce, so the chutney was an interesting twist. The patty and the extra toppings were place on toasted ciabatta roll. The wedges were an added bonus – they were clearly prepared on site and were seasoned nicely. Overall, this burger was really tasty and filling.
The burger is R70
The guacamole-feta-bacon-chutney extra is R20
Conclusion | If you are ever in the Overberg, the Savannah Café is certainly a treat. I was so impressed by the tasty burger and the warm service.
Have you ever been to the Savannah Café? Where was your favourite burger place in the Overberg?
Where | Fred and Max is an adorable little eatery in Somerset West. If you find yourself on that part of the world, it is definitely worth a visit. The laid-back vibe and pretty décor add to its quirky charm.
What | The burgers are anything but average. There are several different beef and chicken options, as well as lamb, pork and vegetarian burgers. I ordered a “CM burger”: a chicken-mayo patty with tomato, onion, chilli, pepperdew and sour cream. I was so excited about the unfamiliar flavour combinations, but I missed one crucial detail… I forgot that I’m not the biggest fan of chicken-mayo! The taste was pretty good, but the texture of the patty wasn’t for me. I would have preferred a chicken breast instead. If chicken-mayo is the reason that you get out of bed in the morning, definitely give this burger a go! The shining winner of this meal, for me, was the spicy sauce on the side – it added a nice kick to the burger and brought all the flavours together. My friend had the “Yes Sir” burger: a beef patty with camembert, pancetta, avo and sweet chilli sauce. She absolutely loved it.
The CM Burger costs R90
The Yes Sir Burger costs R95
Conclusion | Although I definitely wouldn’t order this burger again, I have found a firm favourite in Fred and Max. I can’t wait to try more of their burgers soon.
Have you been to the Fred and Max Eatery before? What was your favourite burger?