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Burger & Lobster (Cape Town)

Burger & Lobster (Cape Town)
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Cost
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Ambience
Hip & happening
Food
Burgers, Modern, Seafood
Payment
Amex, Diners, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Katharine Jacobs

Food
The lobster in question is West Coast Rock Lobster (same family as lobster, slightly different design). The menu – on a blackboard above an illuminated tank of lobsters – features just three dishes: a burger, a lobster roll, and a whole lobster. Limited menus usually signify a great focus on the dishes offered – so will the restaurant deliver really excellent versions of each?

One bite in, it’s already apparent that the lobster roll is a winner. Succulent, sweet morsels of lobster in a Japanese mayo settle into a cake-y brioche roll that’s soaked up lobster juice, mayo and butter to become a thing of beauty. It’s simple, but thoroughly delicious.

The burger is all made on site – the buns baked, the cheese (a mild white cheddar and an American-style cheddar), the patties ground from steak. It’s a large, meaty creation – featuring maple bacon, and nicely cooked to medium rare as ordered. Some might actually find it too meaty – if you prefer a less dense, softer pattie.

The whole lobster is quite a showstopper. The bright red crustacean arrives on a large plate complete with sturdy seafood crackers to help you get to the succulent leg meat. It’s served with a clarified butter that’s gloriously rich and marries well with the sweet lobster meat.

It’s not cheap – the burger is R129, the lobster roll R147, and a whole lobster ranges in price from R303 to R860 for between 300g and 1kg – but then again, lobster is not cheap, so save your pennies – or share a portion of lobster with the table. It’s succulent, sweet, and certainly worth trying.

In the event that you have room for dessert (perhaps you shared that lobster), we can recommend the Nutella Oreo cheesecake, which has some caramel-ly chocolate ganache on top that is the stuff dreams are made of. There’s also a Mississippi mud pie complete with marshmallow topping, and a sweet crème brûlée made with white Lindt chocolate.

Drinks
Sip on cocktails like the bacon and maple Old Fashioned or the Exotic Marigold made with Hendricks gin, grapefruit juice and smoked chamomile cellulose. Alternatively, bubbles pair beautifully with the food.

Ambience
Plenty of it. Plaster has been peeled back to expose brickwork and stone work in places – in one place, to create a giant lobster – and the long narrow site has been cleverly designed into different areas with high seating, and another with lower black leather banquettes. Oversize lightbulbs on long leashes dangle from the high ceiling, but it’s fairly dark inside. Music is of the electronic persuasion.

Service
Our food comes out fairly slowly, despite the restaurant being quiet. But it’s early days, so the kitchen is likely to get up to speed soon.

And…
The kitchen stays open until 11pm.

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User reviews

  • The patty is made at the restaurant itself. They buy the steak and ground the beef themselves. Perfectly made and just delicious. Absolutely loved it. The ambiance is indescribable and people stand up from their tables to talk to one another and just a great vibe. Service is excellent and you don't get better. The manager is so proud of the restaurant and you can see it in the food and the service.
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  • ad a brilliant experience here! The aesthetic of this restaurant is really hip and sexy, the staff are friendly and welcoming too. As for the food, the lobster roll was delish, however, somewhat sadly, the brioche was the star and not the lobster. The burger was great too, but a bit more of a sear to the meat would've been outstanding. Again, that brioche bun stole the show. If you like black truffle, definitely get that option with the fries, one of the best interpretations I've had! The creme brulee was custardy deliciousness! The vanilla seeds studded throughout added subtle flavour. My only gripe is it could've been slightly less dense (perhaps one egg yolk less). All in all, this is worth the trip! Recommended.
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  • We went there for my sister's birthday and it was an amazing experience! Loved the atmosphere and service was friendly and quick. The burger was incredible and honestly one of the best burgers I've ever eaten. The only complaint I have is that my sister and I were sharing the lobster roll and burger, but because I was so stuffed, I ate half of my side of the burger and had the whole half of my lobster roll untouched when I asked for a take away. When I got back home I discovered I only had a quarter of a burger waiting for me and no lobster roll. For over R150 for a sandwich you kind of expect that half a sandwich to be there when you ask for a takeaway... So I just said cheers to a half of a sandwich worth about R90 and can still say I've never tried lobster :(
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  • Cape Towns BEST BURGER by far!!!! Where to start.... 250g pure steak pattie which tastes so juicy. Topped with Cheese and Maple Syrup Bacon on top of a Brioche Bun. Only way to describe the taste is WOW! Best combo. Served with Fries(choice of skinny fries/ truffle & Parmesan fries or my favourite Sweet potato Fries) and Side salad. i finished Every bit of it and all i can say is those Calories were definitely worth it.
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  • R159,00 for a prawn roll with tiny prawns does not offer value for money. A definitive once off place the burger looked a lot better but also R139,00 There are a zillion better burger bars in Cape Town Disappointing Value for money... none
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  • After reading a few reveiws I also decided to try B&L, and to my disappointment the service was very mediocre, and the vibe was non exitent. Food was good, lobster roll was a bit on the small side for R179, and the side salad was some grean leafy herbs with a few strips of onion. My husband says the burger was good. I highly doubt that we would go back though.
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  • After hearing many positive reviews - including one of the best burgers in CT- I finally got to B&L. They have introduced 2 dinner seatings: 7pm and 9pm. The lobster roll was delicious; starting from the brioche roll (a buttery cloud) to the actual lobster topped with the perfect amount of mayo. It was R147 and would say it was a good proportion of lobster meat to roll; it was also accompanied by a fresh salad and a very generous portion of shoe-string fries. The rest of my of the table had the burgers (250g beef patty), super tasty too, which also came with salad and fries. The restaurant itself is trendy and vibey, lending itself well with its neighbouring Bree street bars; service was friendly. Will definitely be back for another lobster roll!
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Dog-friendly
  • Eat Out reviewed
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Halaal friendly
  • Licensed
  • Live entertainment
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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