Start your visit to DK Burger by sharing a delicious snack platter consisting of perfectly made pulled pork belly samosas, onion rings, fried halloumi, garlic calamari served in an enamel mug and home-made mini chicken gizzard pies that are flavourful and delicious.
Other individual snacks perfectly suited to accompany drinks include venison biltong, beef fillet tartare on Melba toast, and cheese chilli poppers. The burgers are delicious and are served with an array of interesting sides such as sweet potato chips or parmesan fries. There are burgers with single origin soft-shin, brisket, Wagyu, beef cheek, free-range beef, fillet chicken breast, deboned thigh burgers, lamb, salmon, veggie, pulled pork or kudu. There’s also a burger stuffed with gorgonzola and figs. Sauces include white cheddar or their famous smoked ketchup, and add-ons include home-cured bacon or a garlic aioli.
Desserts include malva pudding with butterscotch and ice cream, or a banana split with banana chimichanga, burnt honey ice cream and fudge sauce amongst others.
This restaurant takes beverages very seriously. Their wine selection is carefully compiled. They also list some of their featured beers, which change regularly, on a board. These may include Voertsek IPA, Boggom Blonde Ale or Red Rock Bad Moon Weiss.
In keeping with the De Kloof identity of black and mandarin orange, the waiters are smartly turned out in black trousers, white shirts and orange ties. The outside area of DK Burger overlooks an immaculately kept golf course.
Even though the space is modern and smart, shelves filled with cookery books and interesting lighting makes for a homely and inviting space. White paper maché animal heads give a nod to the restaurant’s location on a golf course and overlooking a reserve.
On Tuesdays they offer a buy-one-get-one-free burger special. For a different experience that offers adventurous high-end dining, one could of course head upstairs to the De Kloof Restaurant. They have also recently acquired a large functions/event venue adjacent to the restaurant, which would be a welcome addition to the wedding venue possibilities in Pretoria.
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Diane de Beer
Affiliated to De Kloof, a fine dining restaurant, the decision was to go for gourmet burgers with the best quality free-range meat, their own baked bread rolls, and specially-made sauces with the right toppings, all allowing for fantastic choice – both in food and price. The meat patties alone include single origin beef (soft shin, brisket, Wagyu, beef cheek) chicken, lamb, salmon, veggie, pulled pork and kudu – all served with some accoutrements, but also allowing for an add-on or two and sides, including sweet potato chips, hand-cut potato chips and beer-battered onion rings.
The kudu burger includes meebos chutney, crispy bacon and rocket – which is more than enough without any add-on. The menu includes a starter platter for two (pork belly samoosas, crumbed halloumi, squid, confit chicken leg pies and opinion rings) as well as desserts like Malva pudding with ice cream or the 'twice ice cream' – which means two flavours.
Craft beer is the focus here, with draught on tap, ales, pilsners, ciders and Darling brew, as well as a guest beer, which is a new option. They also have a great wine list courtesy of De Kloof. If you want something completely different in the spirit of the joint, try a peanut butter fudge or Turkish delight and mint milkshake, which is like dessert in a glass.
It’s top notch, with everyone on their game.
The restaurant is part of a golf estate which offers great vistas, making the outside area the perfect choice, weather-permitting. Inside, the tables and chairs reflect a hamburger joint, which is exactly what it should be.
On Tuesdays there’s the bonus of a free burger with every one bought (for sit-down).
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