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Beefcakes (Illovo)

Beefcakes (Illovo)
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Cost
R250 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Kids, Quick meals
Food
Burgers, Food from the Americas, Modern
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
No BYO

Critic's review

Great burgers with interesting toppings, waiters with no toppings and a side of glitz and sparkle. Highlights: Bitchy Bingo nights, cocktails and chilli poppers. (EO mag 2014)
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  • Leila Saffarian

    If you like a side of glitz and sparkle with your burger and fries, then Beefcakes is the burger joint for you. The Joburg branch, situated in the heart of Illovo, is fast becoming known for its Bitchy Bingo evenings, great cocktails and burgers. Perfect for a vibey Friday / Saturday night. Give the Sugar Daddy and Brokeback burgers a go, with an extra order of chilli poppers. (July 2013)

User reviews

  • Even though you may come here for the beefy cakes on display, the food at Beefcakes is actually good! I love that you have a choice of burger patty, including ostrich and vegetarian. The build your burger option isn't the best though, the caramelised onions look like they've barely met a hot griddle, and the cheddar cheese is as basic as a basic snitch.
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  • best burgers made ad wonderful toppings. lots of flavor and lots of fun. really enjoyed it.
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  • I went on a Monday night and it was very quiet. The food was excellent, thanks to Wonderful the chef, who we thanked personally, and our waiters Chris and Ryan who couldn't have been more attentive. The manager was friendly and fun too. I had a great night and although there was no entertainment I still had a fun night. I would go again next time I visit joburg from Scotland.
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  • What an awful Dismal drag queen show. 2 tired very old men in high heels. No talent whatsoever. Absolutely not worth it and a disgrace to true drag artist's everywhere. I attended the Paper Dolls show in Amuse cafe...that was worth it with stunning drag Queens. These 2 retired army blokes shud go there for lessons. Lots of hen parties. Very noisy. Half naked male waiters. Burgers are good around R85. But refuse to serve tap water....
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  • Best to double check your booking - I had been so excited to have my birthday party there, but on the night I discovered that my reservation had mysteriously 'vanished'. Needless to say, I had to make frantic, last minute arrangements and ended up having dinner at a nearby restaurant instead. The manager was completely apathetic and his don't-give-a-damn attitude ensured that I will never return, nor recommend the place to anyone else. SO disappointed!
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  • We had a bachelorette party at Beefcakes this past weekend and I did not enjoy the experience for a number of reasons. We were a party of 10 and the bridesmaid had booked a table well in advance for us so it was irritating to find that they had double booked us. Their excuse was that there were 3 'Taryn's' who had booked for that night. Later on the manager told us that we were actually on the waiting list, which was not what we had confirmed weeks in advance. We had to sit around the bar and had to pay our full package price R325 regardless. People kept ordering over us and knocking our knees to get past. To 'make up for it' we received a jug of Cosmo which only filled one tumbler glass per person. I later on realised that the 'Cocktail' included in the R325 price was a jug of cosmo. You'd think for that price you could get any cocktail of your choice off the cocktail menu and not a student jug. We had to watch the show from the bar and eat off our laps or off the bar (but then our backs were turned from the show). I honestly didn't enjoy it. The burger was good even though I took it home as a takeaway and heated it up again.
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  • The truth is that almost 20 years into democracy, South Africa is still experiencing covert apartheid. Nowhere is this more evident that in the dining frateninity. This restaurant is amongst those restaurants that has a great concept, food is fairly good, and the decor of the restaurant worth noting, however, while there is no policy on who may, or may not dine at the restaurant, perhaps there is an unspoken policy about who works at the restaurant. With just a single employee of colour serving in the front, with but all the other staff working in the kitchen. It's like being in a scene of the movie The Help. I find it incredible that in a country with such diversity, there is no direct reflection of that diversity in the staff. And their Cape Town establishment is no different. I'm cognisant and truthfully aware of race, and cannot hide that fact. To ignore it would be denying the truth, unspoken truth. While I have visited the restaurant a few times, perhaps my massochistic self enjoys it, I've always left the restaurant with a feeling of unease about the the set up.

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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Cocktails
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Live entertainment
  • Parking
  • Takeaways

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