Leila SaffarianIf 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)
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.