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Hudsons – The Burger Joint (Kloof Street)

Hudsons – The Burger Joint (Kloof Street)
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Cost
R120 avg main meal
Ambience
Contemporary cool, Hip & happening
Food
Burgers, Food from the Americas
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Anelde Greeff

Food
Gourmet burgers might be old news, especially on Cape Town’s busy restaurant scene, but Hudsons on Kloof is a solid reminder of why it will never go out of fashion. This small flagship store of the small chain of burger joints makes damn fine burgers – it’s easy to see and taste why it’s always packed.

The burgers and sides are substantial, so it’s probably only the really hungry that will go for starters. On offer are pulled pork tacos, crumbed chicken strips, crumbed mushrooms, salmon crostini and phenomenal chilli poppers (generous in both size and stuffing, with the three-cheese filling oozing out after each bite). You might follow that with BBQ beef ribs, chicken wings, rustic nachos or a salad, but you’re probably here for the burgers.

Said flavour bombs are made from scratch on site, and include beef, ostrich, chicken and veggie versions, as well as a pretty fine gluten-free roll option. Topping and flavor combinations are interesting and deeply delicious. The two menu stars are The Original Royale (beef patty topped with bacon, cheddar, chilli and battered onion rings) and the Player (beef topped with streaky bacon, feta and perfectly-ripe avo). Complement them with any of the yummy sides, especially the disco fries – skinny fries with melted mozzarella, cheddar, creamy peri peri sauce and spring onions – or the famous Liberty slaw: cabbage, carrots, feta, cucumber, red kidney beans, chickpeas, sweet corn and red onion with a honey mustard dressing.

Dessert consists of three highly shareable options: Belgian waffles, chocolate brownies and deep-fried Oreos (yes, really).

Drinks 
Great burgers demand great beer, and with the plethora of local craft beers, you’re spoilt for choice. If you’re going for the American diner experience, opt for milkshake. They’re outstanding, and cover all the standard flavours, as well as peanut butter, salted caramel, Horlicks and honey, and Lindt brownie.

Service
Super swift and perfectly, non-annoyingly friendly. They don’t do bookings, but the turnover is quick, so you will never wait too long.

Ambience
The vibe is laid-back but energetic, mostly because of the great soundtrack. With burgers this good, you won’t really notice the interior (which is cool) or the fact that you are sitting outside on a wooden bench.

And…
Keep an eye out for the burger-of-the-month and (craft) beer-of-the-month specials – both are innovative and delicious.

(July 2014)

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  • A hip and vibey spot with addictive burgers, beer-battered onion rings and chilli poppers, washed down with Jack Black or milkshake.
  • Food
    Bring on the burgers! Hudson’s has made a name for itself by serving succulent burgers with innovative toppings. The Shroom drips with creamy mushroom sauce while The Wiseguy scorches with jalapeños, fresh chilli and tomato relish. Burgers come in 180g or 250g size, so the boys can man up and fill their tummies. There are chicken, ostrich and veggie patties, too. The house salad has a zesty vinaigrette and pine nuts and artichokes dial it up a notch.

    Wine
    Beer is best here in a good variety of artisan options. Try some homemade lemonade or iced tea or whopping milkshake, which is good enough for dessert.

    Service
    Hip young things will take your order with a friendly smile. This place is usually packed, so sit back and enjoy the vibe while you wait.

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    It’s a tiny spot with banquettes, recycled cardboard chairs and loud music. It’s a bit more chilled on the veranda outside.

    And...
    Order a double portion of crispy battered onion rings upfront. (LvA, October 2012)

User reviews

  • We love Hudson's for a great burger - the selection seems endless - but each one is delicious. We thoroughly enjoyed the berry press cocktail served in a cafetiere - genius idea. The sides are also tasty - the coleslaw and the sweet potato fries are a winner.
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  • Smallest Hudson's in Cape Town but they do deliver great burgers, beer and insane milkshakes and the staff is super friendly and helpful. Very relax vibe and if you want a good quality burger, give them a try.
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  • Such a great vibe at this restaurant! And the burgers are delicious. They offer carb free and gluten free rolls for your burgers, which is great as well!!
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  • Sadly, an unexpected disappointment. Strong smell of urine outside; inattentive waitresses, filthy tables and grubby menus. Didn't get round to eating or drinking for two reasons: Firstly, our waitress never came back, and secondly we couldn't bear eating in that stench and filth. The restaurant wasn't busy at all, most of the tables were available and there were more than enough waitresses on duty. I hope for Hudson's sake this was just a bad day.
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  • The service at Hudsons..great. our waitress really made sure we were taken care of. It wasnt that full granted it was mid afternoon. The burger we got had all the basic toppings. We were seeking real BEEF flavour..no luck. Was really bland. Service wise though, really friendly kitchen staff and great waitress.
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  • Thick burgers, tasty, but drier than dry. Not succulent at all. Had excellent beer, though. *Maybe it was because we went on a busy night. Will try again, one more chance.
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  • The service was good and I like the look and feel of the place, but the burger was very very standard and extremely overpriced. I ordered the 250g and it definitely was not that size either.

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  • Hudson's on Kloof beats any other burger joint in town. Other Hudsons included. Awesome burgers, grilled exactly how you want it, onion rings to die for, great friendly service, super nice vibe, and not to miss milkshakes.

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  • We are currently down on holiday and family recommended burgers at the Dogs Bollocks. We are foodies for sure - we are not skinny, nor fat just well rounded and chubby (the both of us due to our absolute love of discovering places that not only capture atmosphere/vibe and good tasting food). Thank goodness we came across Hudsons before Dogs Bollocks. Im sorry, there is no comparison. Dogs Bollocks has the coolest vibe and setting but the burgers are just lacking something and the patty is a little too rare for my liking. Hudsons burgers have it all - it's a must.
    When in Cape Town - do not miss out on this one. You will be sorry.

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  • The best place for a reasonably-priced weeknight burger, but please do something about the loud music. Every time I'm there patrons complain, but it's always turned up again after a few minutes. You can't have a conversation without shouting and it's really irritating, especially when sitting inside, where the speakers are.

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  • Probably the best burgers in town! Try the La Di Dah Ostrich burger "guido" style - delicious. For once a restaurant where the price per glass matches the price per bottle.

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  • Without a doubt the best Burger Joint in the Mother City!
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  • Hudsons on Kloof has the best beef burgers in town and great onion rings. But - really bad chips.
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  • Im a student and had supper at Hudsons with about 12 friends. The atmosphere was great, it was bustling on Saturday night. The service was good, the waitress was friendly and the food was amazing! Everyone had a great time and loved the food and music. They played everything from Sweet Home Alabama to Stand By Me. The music was also played at an acceptable volume so that we could chat without difficulty. I had the Deli burger (chicken, brie, rocket and cranberry jelly). It was so delicious. I also had chips, which were thin, crispy and seasoned.

    I will definitely be going back very soon!
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  • Great burgers, pity about the absolutely atrocious service. Waitresses are friendly, but more interested in chatting behind the counter. Manager sits at the bar, texting on his phone, not interested in his customers. It could be a truly great place, but the service is so irritating that youd be wise to avoid.
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  • Go to Hudsons for authentic American burgers. The range is just large enough and you can choose from 2 patty sizes (125g/250g). Do order the onion rings. Avoid the chips - thin and tasteless. Service is friendly and fast. Drinks menu interesting (have an Arnold Palmer). Wine list needs some inspiration but then again you dont really go to a burger joint to drink wine. The atmosphere is loud and bustling and the music (old fashioned fifties) was loud but had our feet tapping.
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  • After much talk and hype we were really keen to try out the Hudsons on Kloof Street. We arrived for lunch and the place was busy with tourists but not over run and we managed to get a good table outside. After we sat down it took a while for a waitress to ask us for our drinks order... and then we waited almost 25 mins for our drinks, after having to ask twice and each time we were told they are on the way...The food itself was sadly well below average at the best. We had a peri-peri chicken, a bacon, avo and feta, and a brie and cranberry burger. We suspected we may wait a little for our food after the delayed drinks - 1hr10mins later out food arrived and wow, what a disappointment! The chicken burger was a fillet in a roll with some basting sauce slapped on top, the avo had just been dropped on the top of patty and the single strip of fatty bacon wasnt even on the burger (it had fallen off and was just on the plate). The burgers were dry and charred on the edges and the chips seemed to have been deep fried more than once... Food aside, the service was just shocking and inexcusable and the waitresses just seemed to be all over the place.The concept and decor is great but the food is well below average for a burger joint (all you need to do is be good at burgers and freshly cut fries - it cant be that hard)... and the service has got to be the worst I have experienced in Cape Town in a long while, and we all eat out a frequently...Its a shame as its good concept on a cool street but it just doesnt cut it. I would strongly recommend going to Cafe Royale for a burger on Long Street - servcie and food is a lot better. Caprice has great burgers too and cant believe the same guys own Hudsons and have no idea how badly its being run!
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  • I have been trying to get to Hudson for a while as I love the burgers at Caprice and believe that the same people own it. I have heard rave reviews including the ones on this website. I have to say that my experience there was hardly satisfying! It was actually horrendous! When we arrived, there was definitely a great busy vibe happening, but the grill smoke that filled the entire restaurant due to problems with their extractor fan soon overrode it. After waiting at the bar for a drink, which took a while to arrive, we eventually got a table. But the smoke was overbearing so we finally moved to an outside table that opened up. We ordered buffalo chicken wings and chili poppers as a starter as they boasted that their buffalo wings were the real McCoy. We also ordered two burgers. As I live in the USA half the year was keen to find a place in South Africa that can really do buffalo wings properly. After waiting another 40 minutes we eventually asked one of the waitresses (as ours was hardly around - probably due to the overwhelming amount of people in the small restaurant,) to check on our food.The manager then brought our burgers and explained that there was a delay with the chicken wings as they ran out and have to defrost some more which would take another 20 minutes! Not what I wanted to hear! So we passed on the wings. The chili poppers were a big ball of fried dough and not appetizing at all. The burgers were ok although the ones at Caprice are still superior. The fries were the tastiest part of the meal! At this point we were truly disappointed and just wanted to leave, so asked for the bill. When it came they had credit card problems. After about 30 more minutes they asked us to walk to a nearby hotel so that they could run the credit card machine over there. They did not even offer us a drink for all the constant problems we experienced. Its just so disappointing when a great new place opens and they dont run it with proper customer satisfaction in mind. I hope that it improves in service, as it’s a great little place with lots of potential.
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  • My new favourite restaurant! Theyre spot on with their hamburgers (my favourite, The Cheese!) and the atmosphere is really relaxed and laid back. Go there early or book a table to avoid disappointment. (The restaurant fills up really fast). Also dont forget to order some chilli poppers!
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  • Great atmosphere with loads of options - bar, outside or inside. Staff were very friendly - we were served by the bartender who was great.Fun menu - really liked the fact that the burgers come in different sizes. However, the burger patty was a bit dry and there was definitely not enough cheese on my cheese burger! Buns were also a little on the flat side... Loved the salad that came with my burger though! Chilli poppers could have been a bit more crispy...
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
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  • Licensed
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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