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Dukes Burgers (Greenside)

Dukes Burgers (Greenside)
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Cost
R90 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Food
Bakery fare, Burgers, Deli fare
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R60 per bottle

Critic's review

Thando Ndabezitha

Food

Freshly baked buns, high-quality meat burger patties, hand-cut chips and a gob-smacking variety of burger options – even in the vegetarian section – make Dukes one of the most-loved gourmet burger restaurants in town. The Big Cheese burger features in our cheesiest dishes in Jozi list – and with good reason. Filled with mozzarella, feta, cheddar and a beef patty, as well as homemade gherkins and tomato relish, it is the creation of a chef who clearly wanted to find their way into our hearts – and it works.

Starters aren’t really worth lingering over. The focus here is on burgers. (The chicken wings, which the waiters swear are the best starter on the menu, are rather a disappointment). You are in gourmet burger heaven after all, with choices galore, including ostrich and lamb. Vegetarian options include vegan toppings such as tofu feta and Thai peanut soya sauce.

For the chilli lovers, there are a few spicy options, although the kick is rather tame and feels more like a nudge than the heat-induced kick you might expect.

Drinks

A comprehensive drinks menu features some much-loved, but ubiquitous local wines – think Fat Bastard shiraz, Porcupine Ridge merlot, Rupert & Rothschild red blend and so forth. Craft beers, alcoholic milkshakes and royalty-themed cocktails all encourage a weekend lunch extending into supper. From the monarch cocktail selection, try Princess Di, which is a mix of Peach Schnapps, Mango Monin and pineapple juice and makes for the perfect concoction for a balmy summer afternoon. This is also a good spot for after-work drinks.

Service

It might take a few minutes to find someone who works here willing to welcome you and offer you a menu. Luckily, there’s a pile of menus at the front of the shop. Grab one for food and another for drinks, then look for a table to seat yourself. Reasonable requests, such as for the Wi-Fi code, are acquiesced to with cold civility (and you have to give them your device for them to input the password for you). Also disorientating is the practice of placing unlit candles on your table during the daytime. Presumably for evening diners, it feels like a polite hint to make way for the next group of diners. Other areas they need to work on: neglecting customers for extended periods in between orders, clearing tables between courses, and refilling glasses as they run empty. Suffice it to say, the service would leave a permanently bad taste, were it not for the efforts of the chef to make polite and friendly inquiries about the food and your wellbeing when she makes an appearance every now and then from the kitchen.

Ambience

What Dukes greatly lacks in customer service, it makes up for in food, music, and décor. The establishment takes the gourmet burger idea – an oxymoron, of sorts (although the Capetonians don’t flinch at it, having had years to perfect this on Long Street) – to the next level. The décor is a grand parody of regality, with some chairs even imitating the shape of a throne. It’s fun and tongue-in-cheek, yet still quite chic. The garden takes on a life of its own, with a vibrancy in summer that’s so typically Greenside: down to earth, easy and intimate. It’s a space for deep, meaningful conversations, punctuated with long comfortable silences that allow pauses to enjoy the music – which is so good that, even if you’re dining alone, it will cast a spell on you and make you reluctant to leave.

And…

There’s an upstairs seating area that can accommodate up to 50 people for private events.

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(September 2017)

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User reviews

  • What an absolutely amazing place! The menu is simply mind blowing, with something for every single taste, even some delicious sounding vegetarian options. Our waiter, Nicolas, made an incredible recommendations and knew the menu inside out. His service was speedy and friendly. We left with nothing but satisfied tummies and massive smiles on our faces. If you have an adventurous palate and an appreciation for an incredible burger, look no further than Dukes. Chapeau to you guys! Erin and I WILL be back, no doubt! Ciao for now. James
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  • The best or rather simple thing about Dukes is most of their customers they don't stare when you walk in and when you about to eat(Best satisfying experience i have been looking for in all this Jozi joints). Old fashion is always the best i am talking about the location, waiters dress code, size of tables and most important the position of their Kitchen(crucial). A big 10 for the staff we didn't have to say we are in a hurry to get our order in time and lastly whoever who is in charge of choosing the size of the meals we need to find him/her and honor him/her. NB: THANKS FOR NOT STARING AT OTHER CUSTOMERS I GUESS IS THE NICE BURGERS!
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  • Dukes specialises in burgers and from this you must not they are good .They have a wide variety of burgers from lamb,chicken ,vegetarian and even vegan so everyone is catered for .I had a indiana chicken burger which was so tender and filling as it was so big .Best burger I have tried so far in South Africa
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  • Best Burger Joint in Jozi!!!! Been there a few times and never disappointed. Staff are friendly. Beers are cold and burgers are amazing. Such an amazing variety of burgers on the menu. One can never quite decide....
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  • Good evening I love the experience of Dukes Burgers - starting with the visual experience - eyes sees something special and inviting and then the 2nd sensation of smell you can tick that box too and then the sensation of taste starting with the yumi chips that are chrispy and delicious having tasted a verity of burgers at Dukes burgers - never been dissapointed and again yumi - and as for the ambiance I find it it pleasant - so it is simply a thumbs up - well done
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  • There's a lot of good reviews I've read about Dukes & I'm happy to say they were accurate ! One of the smaller establishments in Greenside, so make sure you book before going, especially on weekends ! The menu is huge and caters for every taste, covering meat eaters as well as vegetarians ! I had one of the lovely ostrich burgers bursting with natural flavours that included a variety of ingredients while my wife had a super amazing tasteful lamb burger ! All this served with sweet potato wedges, though I'd prefer perhaps an option of sweet potato fries. With so much variety you just can't go wrong ! ..and yes the burgers are Huge !! A nice cosy atmosphere , topped of with good service ! I'll definitely go back to try out more of their wonderful burgers !
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  • The food at Dukes is really great value. The food is extremely tasty and well presented. The atmosphere is down to earth and the ambience is great. I will definitely go to Dukes to get my Burger cravings out the way.
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  • A relaxed student vibe, a little dingy but the food makes up for it! Love the bun-less options and the unusual sauces and condiments. Just delicious...
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • WiFi

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