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Hudsons – The Burger Joint (Claremont)

Hudsons – The Burger Joint (Claremont)
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Cost
R100 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Quick meals
Food
Burgers
Payment
Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R40

Critic's review

Richard Holmes

Hip and happening spot focused firmly on what’s between the buns.

Food
Hudsons has been around for nearly a decade, and certainly wears its heart on its sleeve: this is a burger joint; everything else is mere distraction. There are more than 20 different burgers on offer, with some seriously creative flavour combinations on the go.

Of course there’s nothing wrong with the classic bacon-and-cheese combo in The Original Royale, but tossing bacon jam and dusted onions (The Bacon Jam) or BBQ sauce and brisket (Jack the Pickle) on top adds a new level of texture and flavour. While most burgers are made from ‘veld-fed free roaming’ beef, you’ll also find ostrich, chicken and vegetarian options. Carb-free burgers also available.

Most burgers are available in either 180g or 250g servings, and cooked (unless requested otherwise) to medium-rare. If you just can’t decide, there’s a decent selection of sliders.

And those distractions? Burgers aside you’ll find grilled pork ribs, salads and pizzas on offer. But honestly? Come for the burgers.

Drinks Good selection of burger-friendly craft beer in bottle and on tap. The wine list is small, so rather BYO so if you take wine seriously.

Service
Efficient and friendly service from mostly-female mostly-young wait-staff.
Ambience The guitar rock soundtrack and waitresses in teeny denim shorts feels a little dated, but certainly attracts a vibey young crowd.

Best for…
Boisterous night out with friends.

(2018)

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  • Katharine Jacobs

    Food
    This suburban outpost of the popular burger joint is one of the more atmospheric places to dine in the area. You’re here for burgers, but consider beginning with a calzoncini – a sort of folded pizza bread. The creamy peri-peri chicken, caramelized onion and mozzarella one is downright moreish. From there, progress to the main event: one of the tasty burgers with inventive toppings. The bacon jam burger with cheddar, lettuce and dusted onions has a great, sweet, tangy jam; while the Original Royale features great battered onion rings, bacon, chillies and cheddar. Sides are extra.

    This branch also offers soft floury tacos and some really good pizzas. Finish with a waffle, or the absurd-sounding but absolutely delicious deep-fried Oreos with ice cream.

    Drinks
    Milkshakes are served as their own event, within vast goblets that invite sharing. Try the Lindt chocolate brownie flavour or a salted caramel popcorn milkshake. There are also cocktails, beers and a simple wine list with familiar labels, featuring some reasonably priced options by the glass.

    Ambience
    This branch is popular with students, so expect a lively hum inside. Leather banquettes with warm, low lighting and lots of dark wood keep things sophisticated, though.

    Service
    Friendly and generally good.

    And…
    Their burgers are made using free-range, grass-fed beef from Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants.

    (September 2017)

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User reviews

  • Good burgers. Crap service. Filthy restaurant.
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  • Fantastic experience, will come again
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  • the best burger I tasted so far. was nice and juicy, and the fact that you can have any burger toppings you desire. the place is nice and cosy too
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  • Never disappoints, mouth watering eats, great service and relaxed atmosphere... 5 stars aren't enough
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • WiFi

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