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DK Gourmet Burger & Craft Beer Bar

DK Gourmet Burger & Craft Beer Bar
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  • Phone Number 0127713444
  • Location Waterkloof Golf Estate, Johann Rissik drive, Waterkloof Ridge, Pretoria
  • email bar@dkburger.co.za
  • Website URL www.dkburger.co.za
  • Opening Hours

    Mondays 5pm to 10.30pm; Tuesday to Saturday 12noon to 10.30pm; Sundays 11am to 3pm

Cost
R80 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual, Contemporary cool, Family friendly, Hip & happening
Food
Bakery fare, Burgers, Modern
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Diane de Beer

Food
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.

Drinks
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.

Service
It’s top notch, with everyone on their game.

Ambience
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.

And…
On Tuesdays there’s the bonus of a free burger with every one bought (for sit-down).
(September 2016)

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    What could be better than a big, gratifying burger, onion rings, a potato wedge or two and a cold craft beer to wash it all down? The DK Gourmet Burger and Craft Beer Bar pays homage to the good old American dining tradition of burgers and beer that thankfully harks back to the days before pancakes were considered an appropriate accompaniment. Without the airs and graces of its sister restaurant De Kloof, this burger bar is all about the simple things in life.

    Food
    DK calls itself a burger bar for a reason. The menu is delightfully small, consisting of nothing but seven burgers and a number of side dishes. The ingredients are freshly prepared by the same fine dining team that cooks for De Kloof. The incredibly reasonably priced burger menu has something for everyone. The traditional beef burger is juicy and satisfying, with a solid beef patty prepared just so. For those who want something a little fancier, the fillet of beef on bruschetta is the gourmand’s version of this classic dish. The mushroom and puy lentil patty is perhaps a little too crumbly to work as a burger, but adding a side of red onion marmalade on top of the whole affair is simply delectable (if somewhat messy)! The bar’s pièce de résistance has to be the Wagyu beef burger, served on ciabatta, with mature cheddar and caramelised onions to boot.

    Drinks 
    While they do serve wine, ignoring the craft beer menu would be a huge mistake. A great amount of effort went into sourcing a variety of the country’s finest craft beers. Ask the knowledgeable staff to guide you in the right direction if you’re new to craft beer and keep an eye on the website for craft beer tasting events.

    Service 
    The service at DK is excellent. The staff’s passion for craft beer is evident, and their knowledge impressive. While the service staff are very attentive, you shouldn’t expect your burger in a hurry. Sharing one kitchen between two restaurants can have its downsides.

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    The set-up is simple, with indoor and outdoor seating at little wooden tables. You get the distinct impression that it could be the scene of some wild Saturday night parties.

    (July 2014)

  • Make a point of visiting for their mouth-watering burgers and impressive selection of craft beers. You’ll go back for the onion rings alone. Stand-out dish: Wagyu beef burger with rocket, mature cheddar and caramelised onions. (EO mag 2014)

User reviews

  • Absolutely great burgers with a great selection of craft beer
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  • Awesome burgers and Craft beer, lovely starters. Highly recommend
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  • Awesome food, chilled atmosphere
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  • After tasting Waygu beef at the Taste of Joburg, I searched high and low for a resturant in Pretoria which would satisfy my craving. The waygu is best served medium rare and it was really juicy. I really enjoyed the sweet potatoes fries served in authentic tin cups. The cocktails are good too. A real gem hidden in Waterkloof Golf Estate.
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  • My husband and I enjoyed a lovely evening watching rugby World Cup whilst eating gourmet burgers and drinking craft beers. I had a heavenly pulled Springbok burger in honour of the team I was supporting. The roll was perfect, the meat moist and delicious. My husband had an absolutely delicious fillet burger, with pretty ordinary chips as an extra side dish. i like having the choice whether to have chips or not, as the burgers, being gourmet, are not cheap but are actually quite good value if you exclude sides. The Eversons pear cider that I had was wonderfully crisp, natural and refreshing. My husband had two different craft beers he has never tried before, and thoroughly enjoyed both. We have been here before and enjoyed our previous experiences just as much. Good place to bring friends. I hear their craft beer pairing / tasting events are extremely good so aim to do that soon.
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  • After trawling eatout for a nice fine dining restaurant for my boyfriends birthday, I stumbled upon DK Gourmet burgers and thought hmmm now that would be a nice change from fine dining, informal, fun, tactile and the menu looked yummy! Not to mention the craft beer selection and the location looked awesome. So I booked. When we arrived at the restaurant we were greeted warmly at the reception and were taken through to our table and that unfortunately is where the disappointment started... Problem number 1; The very first words that the waiter uttered to us was and I quote: "what do u want to drink?" I was rather taken aback and sarcastically said "Hello" he replied "oh, hello" and stood there looking at us and waiting for us to give him our drinks order. That was the sum total of the welcome we received from the man. Problem number 2: our drinks glasses were dirty and I had to ask for clean ones. This seemed like a major effort for him when I asked him to change them. Problem number 3: we asked the waiter about the "wine by the glass" options and he brought a glass to the table to show us the difference between small and medium. To demonstrate this he placed two fingers from the top of the glass, against the glass, to show us a medium glass and three fingers from the top, against the glass to show us a small glass. Then he went back behind the counter and instead of getting us a new clean glass he happily proceeded to serve the wine to us in the same glass that only moments ago he had put his fingers all over. Problem number 4: for starters we ordered the Salt and pepper squid. When it arrived it was very tasty but it was also very over cooked, dry and chewy. Problem number 5: after our starter we noticed that our waiter had struck up a conversation with the only other table in the restaurant that was seated behind us. He proceeded to stand there and yack for ages, completely forgetting about us and the fact that we still needed to order our main course. I eventually had to lean back on my chair to interrupt their conversation and asked if we could place our order! The best part of it all is that the lady at the table apologized to us but not the waiter!!! Who once again, sauntered over to our table with an attitude of sheer arrogance and asked us what we wanted to eat. No apology, no personality, no attempt to make us feel like we were welcome there, just his sheer arrogant, nonchalant attitude that left us feeling like he was doing us a very big favour! Problem number 6: while we were waiting for our food the waiter was doing stuff behind the counter and while he was doing this he was whistling very loudly to the music. I was quite surprised and looked at my boyfriend, who was also not impressed, and asked "What the hell, does this guy think he is at home?!" Even though the place has a casual vibe and a casual look and feel, it's still a restaurant and as far as I am concerned his behaviour is rather unprofessional and a little bit too casual for my liking! Compliment number 1: (the only one!) our Wagyu beef burgers arrived and they were delicious. We thoroughly enjoyed them along with our onion rings, chips, smokey tomato sauce and side salad! Problem number 7: after eating our burgers, I went into the ladies bathroom to wash my sticky hands and the first thing that hit me was this terrible smell. It was a combination of smelly "she bins" and something sour and pungent. I walked over to the basin to put soap on my hands and when I looked down to turn on the water I discovered a basin full of purple colored, bubbling vomit!!!!!! Naturally I started to gag and had to run out of the bathroom before I threw up too!!!! I went to your reception desk and told them about the mess. The gentleman there ushered me into the paraplegic toilet to wash my hands and hopefully went off to attend to the vile mess in the ladies bathroom. At one point we saw him come into the restaurant to get a spoon behind the counter and then he left again... After just having eaten, I felt sick and queasy after seeing that and all I wanted to do was pay the bill and leave. At no point in time did anyone come to our table after that to apologise to us for such a dreadful and disgusting experience. R600 later and I can honestly say that this was one of the most disappointing and disgusting experiences we have ever had. Definitely not value for money and definitely not the fun, pleasant and enjoyable evening that I had in mind! Barring the burgers, the rest of the food was dismal, the service was absolutely shocking and the over all experience was so poor that the restaurant has been put on our never to be repeated list!
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  • We are currently sitting here, and the food is horrible. I would not suggest anyone to come here. The pork belly samoosas was horrible. The beef burger patty is sour and well done - not medium. The tomato ketchup they have is horrible. There is not much difference between the wagyu beef burger and the normal beef burger @129.00. It was a big dissapointment. I was looking forward to having great burgers and beers.
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  • This is truly a gem in the making. Gourmet at it's best, from the food to the beer. Great and excellent service and we can't wait for their upcoming event on the 4th of Feb 2015
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  • while looking for a gourmet burger and craft beer restaurant outside the city. Located in the Waterkloof Golf Estate in Pretoria overlooking the golf course, this place is very laid-back and refined. So, having had a good time there last year, we went back the other day to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday.

    It was a chilly (10 degrees Celsius) winter’s night that was made warm, partly by the reggae music playing in the background but mostly by a hospitable member of the staff who was serving our table. Linden (that’s his name) is infectiously passionate about the menu and so clued up that he was able to give a spot on recommendation of a type of craft beer or cider to have based on the type of commercial beer or cider that we like.

    My boyfriend, being a fan of sweet stout, had a few draughts of Darling Brew Black Mist; and my liking for semi sweet cider got me some Ginger Beer.

    To eat, we had beef burgers. Their burgers weren’t as full of flavour as we remember, but the sides of potato chips, sweet potato chips, and beer battered tempura onion rings made up for it.

    Their menu (burgers, sides, beer, ciders and dessert) is quite extensive. So, we will definitely go back to give some of their other items a try. I am especially keen on having some dessert and Touro Trippel, which they describe as 'the champagne of craft beer'. And next time, we’ll go on a Spring/Summer’s day so that we can get a chance to sit outside and take in the view of the estate and its surroundings.

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  • DK Burger - Not the Best Gourmet Burger by far.
    DK Burger is tiny but not cosy. A summer visit would certainly be the better option when one could sit outside and enjoy the splendid view. Our waiter suggested two starters - the salt & pepper squid and the chilli poppers. Both of these dishes are family favourites and we were happy to oblige. The chilli popper starter comprises 3 chillies - for R39.00. This starter is not successful nor good value for money. It is skimpy on the filling and the outside crumbing was not crunchy. The salt & pepper squid was a major disappointment- again a portion so tiny as to be inconsequential ; again 3 teensy - tiny pieces priced at R39.00. These were so overcooked as to be hard and also adrift in an ocean of olive oil. I ordered the lamb burger as a main with a side order of onion rings. The patty was actually a lamb meatball make from very finely minced lamb. The 'meatball - patty' was thus rather dense and dry. The lamb burger is a treat I look forward to at the establishments I visit from time to time and I expected DK Burger to kick butt in this department. While not a dismal failure - it did not live up to its promise. My spouse ordered the -sliced fillet steak 'burger' with a side of fries. Unfortunately one is not asked your preference in terms of how done the fillet should be and this was the 3rd overcooked dish of the evening. My husband who is a keen baker of artisan bread pronounced the bread on which the steak is served absolutely delicious. The cider my husband selected was exceptional - not sweet but wonderfully flavoursome and refreshingly crisp. I also thoroughly enjoyed the craft beer I ordered. The service is a highlight. Our waiter was very well trained, never obtrusive and caring without being cloying. We would love to return in summer to enjoy the beautiful view while sipping a craft beer or cider . I might order a side of fries to nibble as well but the food didn't blow my hair back- I wouldn't choose it as a supper setting again.
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  • Great beer selection (though little on draught) with mediocre food. The onion rings were overly breaded in tasteless batter and served in a scanty portion. The sweet potato fries were limp and soggy, and the classic beef burger was saved only by the unique red onion marmalade I ordered as an extra. It was cooked well beyond the medium I ordered. Not worth the calories honestly. The decor gives the impression of being half done, with sort of a rag tag assortment of wall hangings (mirrors and frames) that looks like someone had a clever idea but have up halfway through.

    I did find the service to be friendly and efficient.
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  • Burgers were disappointing and buns and chips were old.
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  • This place is COMPLETELY over priced!! For what they offer their customers in terms of quality of food, this is daylight robbery, stay away!
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  • After having heard so much about DK Burger, and wanting to try it for so long, we chose to make it a special meeting place to celebrate my mother's birthday. I wish we hadn't. The service was underwhelming, and the ambience was greatly disappointing, with music that overpowered any opportunity for conversation. The beer selection was good (possibly the only positive of my experience), but the burgers were the greatest letdown of all. First we had to send them back because they were entirely undercooked. Although we asked for medium, they were only seared on the outside. The worst was the meat itself. The rib-eye patties were flavourless, and contained lengths of sinew which was most unappetising. The wedges were fine, but the chips were oily and soggy - not at all the perfect, crunchy-soft accompaniment we were hoping for. We were not the only table to return food, I noticed. Upon complaining, we were told that the patties looked that way and contained those 'bits' because they were cut by hand. My only thought is that it must have been a particularly blunt blade they used. The manager was rude and certainly not very helpful. I will be sticking to Ed's in the future if I want a good gourmet burger, but frankly, even a Wimpy burger would have been better - at least they're served with a smile and professionalism.

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  • We recently had the opportunity to visit DK Burger in Waterkloof golf estate, and the experience blew us away. The burgers were absolutely fabulous, service was perfect, and don`t get me started on the wide craft beer selection.

    I would go back any day, and do recommend DK Burger to all the real food lovers out there, great prices, atmosphere, and views. Thank you for giving me and my family a great place to enjoy.

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  • Where do I begin?

    What a disappointing experience we had at DK’s on Friday evening.

    There were only two waiters, (although one was MIA most of the evening), servicing the almost full restaurant and bar. Both waiters were preoccupied and seemed overwhelmed. Our drinks took 10 minutes to arrive and at some stage the waiter forgot about one of the beer orders.

    Whilst the selection of craft beers was great and the beers were cold, the food took over an hour and a half to get there… And when I eventually got my fillet of Beef on Bruschetta, it was cold and rare (I swear the beef was still half alive), but the frustration comes in that I asked for a medium rare fillet and after waiting for so long, getting a cold burger was uncalled for and the skinny fries were also really salty… I tried complaining but the waiter was nowhere to be found.

    But when he eventually got there, he offered some dessert, that well, I never received. At the end of the evening I was truly over DK burgers and maybe, just maybe, they should close shop and stick to the restaurant upstairs, where the service and food are fine tuned.

    I will cut the waiter some slack, because he was alone on the floor with a room full of people and the saving grace of the whole night were the cold craft beers…

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  • Very small venue, feels like it was an after-thought of the actual restaurant. The menu is small and the item that stood out for me was the salmon burger. Unfortunately they were out of stock of salmon... for the entire week! That's not good enough in my eyes and the rest of the burgers sounded average! I had a regular burger, which was very regular, the chips were burnt... the saving grace of the meal was the mushroom sauce, really good.
    Decent selection of craft beers but their shooters were disgustingly overpriced, over R30 for a Cuervo Gold?
    All in all, an average experience.

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  • What a disappointment - small overcooked burgers served with thimbles of sides exorbitantly charged for R25 for 50ml of mushroom sauce. As for the ambience - strip lights and no napkins.

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  • Burgers are good, beer selection is great - but waiting for 45 minutes for a burger when there is no other group at the restaurant and with cold chips. A big step up required.

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  • Amazing! Yes, the burgers are expensive but you won't find anything short of perfection on the menu. Wide array of beer to sample. Great place to kick back and relax for an afternoon or sundowner session...as long as you can sit outside.

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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Beer served
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
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  • Licensed
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  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair

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