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Banks Burger (Newlands)

Banks Burger (Newlands)
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Cost
R67 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
Burgers, Food from the Americas
Payment
Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Ashraf Booley

Food
Shall I compare thee to Junior? Yes and no. Having adopted a similar concept to the aforementioned, Banks Burgers offers fast food made fresh, minus the additives and preservatives. However, their take (aways) has its own unique flavour.

I unwrap my hamburger to discover gloriously golden brioche buns, and true to the words displayed on the glass exterior of the store – we love big buns – they’re fresh, thick and squishy, exuding the aroma of homemade bread. Between them are a dripping-juicy pure-beef patty, a slice of cheese, slightly crunchy pickles, caramelised onion (fresh onion is an option, too) and a secret sauce that leaves my tastebuds wondering. All in all, it hits the spot. The single is filling enough, but you can order the double or triple at a few rand extra. I tuck into both the potato and sweet-potato fries (skin on, which is never a bad idea in my books). They’re delicious, but turn out to be a tad too oily.

Ultimately, it’s the Butcher’s Daughter burger that’s after my own heart, featuring an incredibly tasty falafel patty with all the trimmings, sandwiched between brioche buns. The guy at the counter remarks that it’s in its experimental phase, but it gets a thumbs-up from me.

For the carb-conscious there’s a no-bun option and, if fries are not your thing, try the house slaw.

Drinks
The simple shakes come in four flavour variants, strawberry, chocolate, vanilla and malt. I opt for the strawberry milkshake, which is satisfyingly sweet and creamy, but doesn’t quite bring all the boys to the yard. Freshly brewed Beaver Creek Coffee is also on offer, if caffeine is what you need.

Service
Like Junior, Banks works on a self-service system, which means they don’t offer table service. Your orders are taken at the counter and you can take a seat while your food is being freshly prepared. The service is speedy and just the right level of friendly.

Ambience
The décor and design elements are minimalist yet cosy, with a nod to retro-chic. The colours are a quirky mix of bright orange and cool aqua hues, which add a warm and playful element. There’s also lots of natural light pouring in, which is great for snapping those Instagram pictures – or simply for soaking up some sun.

And...
There’s a 50/50 option, which allows you to have a half-beef, half-falafel burger. It comes highly recommended by the staff.

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User reviews

  • Over the last four months, my husband and I were Banks locals every Wednesday. The R50 combo deal for a cheeseburger, fries and drink is the value for money, quick meal we needed for a busy weeknight. The veggie burger is my favourite, with sweet potato fries, but when in the mood for just a burger, the double burger with cheese is a meal on its own and great value for money. Service is great and staff are friendly, and the owner Murray, is always keen to chat. All in all, a local favourite for a quick bite.
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  • Went to Banks based on Ashraf's review and it didn't disappoint! Probably wouldn't choose to eat in in the evening, as it's very brightly lit, but perfect for a take-away. The bun-to-burger ratio was a wee bit too bread-heavy for me, but when it's a brioche bun, that can be excused. The burger and chips were DELICIOUS! This will definitely be my new go-to place for a takeout burger. Hope they add a few more varieties in future.
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  • What an amazing burger! Had the 50/50 option that I read about in Ashram Booley's review and it exceeded my expectations. The beef patty was expertly cooked, but the falafel patty was the star in my opinion. Perfect chickpea and cumin taste and the two work together very well. I also added the cheese option and I do not regret it. The sweet potato fries were also great, not too oily at all in my opinion, and it was perfectly seasoned. The portions are also very healthy, and definite value for money. Was exactly the type of take-away burger I was looking for!
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  • This is real food. The only thing that came out of a box was the serviette
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