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Inside & You’re Out (IYO)

Inside & You’re Out (IYO)
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Cost
R85 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
Burgers, Food from the Americas
Payment
Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Ishay Govender-Ypma

Food
IYO Burgers started as a mobile enterprise with the emphasis on what you put in – into the environment, into the community and the burger (patty) itself. Here you’ll get the best ethically-sourced locally-grown meat and vegetables on soft, well-made buns in their upstairs eatery on Bree Street. Expect unusual and of-the-moment flavours.

Create a burger and sides to suit your mood by ticking the options on a slip of paper that the waiter will leave on the table after offering you a jug of iced water. While there are small bites of pulled pork pancakes and veggie croquettes, don’t get distracted before the main event. The Quick Dip is the plainest burger on offer, with a smoked cheddar beef patty, crispy onions and a house sauce. You can elect to have this with or without a bun. The curly fries are made from Van der Plank potatoes and sprinkled with rosemary salt (disappointing if you prefer skinny fries with more body) or you can even try kale crisps.

There's also the Kimcheezy – the same patty topped with a slow-roasted slice of caramelised pork belly and kimchi. There’s a rotating burger of the month and a chicken and vegetarian option too.

Drinks
A fairly good selection, with bottled beers and local beers on tap, like the Soweto Gold. Most wines are available by the glass. There are also regular and healthy shakes, fresh pressed juices and kombucha.

Service
The service is quick and the food arrives promptly too.

Ambience
The colourful wooden furniture makes the space feel like a playful kid’s canteen rather than a hip burger bar, which could be the point. It gets hot and noisy here in summer – opt for a table by the window.

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For the die-hards there’s a cookie ice cream burger on offer for dessert. They take no reservations so get here before the lunch crowd.

(September 2016)

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  • Katharine Jacobs and Linda Scarborough

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    This Bree Street burger joint was voted the best in the Western Cape by our readers at the inaugural 2015 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Best Everyday Eateries. Considering the prices – which are in line with other burger spots in town – it might come as a surprise to learn that all the burgers here are made with grass-fed beef, and everything else seems to come with the prefix ‘organic’ or ‘home-grown’. There are home-grown alfalfa and sunflower sprouts; organic homemade pickles; and chicken burgers made with free-range chicken thighs and legs, from a small farmer in Stellenbosch. The unique selling point here is that all patties are stuffed with ingredients, usually cheese, which is a principle we can really get behind.

    The small bites menu includes some interesting titbits like pulled-pork pancakes, chicken wings, veggie croquettes and even a plate of little sliders, but you might not have space for the main event if you indulge too much here.

    The Kimcheezy (R93 with a side included) oozes with Sriracha mayo, kimchi and something called caramelised pickled apple purée. The sauces are delicious, but on this occasion the beef patty is a little dry and crumbly.

    A good beginner burger, the Quick Dip (R58), boasts smoked cheddar and crispy sweet onions, and is perfect if you don’t like too much funny business. Other favourites include the Whisky Braai-BBQ (R84), which features a smoked cheddar-stuffed beef patty, organic bacon, avo, wild rocket and whisky-barbecue sauce, and the Umami BBQ (R82), which has a boerenkaas cheddar-stuffed patty, pickled cabbage, toasted sesame seeds and peanuts, coriander hoisin sauce, miso mayo and yuzu dressing.

    They please varied meat-loving palates with chicken, ostrich and pulled-pork patties, and vegetarians are looked after with a choice of a patty comprising goat’s cheese, roasted beetroot and bean, or a whole roasted portobello mushroom. Every month there’s a limited edition special burger, which could be topped with spicy chorizo and peppadews or a creative combo of pickled cauliflower and carrot, fresh mint, garlic mayo and mango chutney.

    Burgers come on good, glossy wheat rolls, but are also available bunless or on rye rolls, and all are served with a side and a little dipping sauce included; the sweet potato fries with aioli are our favourite. You may not have space for dessert, but we urge you to try your darndest: the cheesecakes (salted caramel or Oreo) really are outrageously delicious.

    Drinks
    Like the food, these are local and lekker. Try one of the colour-coded juices or Kombucha by Cape-based Brew. Sip on a pomegranate, rosemary and cinnamon gin and tonic made with Inverroche gin, or a Cluver & Jack Cider. Some lesser-known craft beers are available on tap or by the bottle. Wines feature Hartenberg and Alphabetical; both are fairly decent options. Our only gripe with this rather colourful beverage list is that the drinks are served in glass jars, with a rather thick rim. They’re cute, but ruin the experience of sipping good wine or bubbly. There are also shakes made with excellent ice cream from Moro Gelato – though, to be perfectly honest, we've never had the stamina to order one!

    Service
    Staff are friendly, but laid-back. Place your own order on the checklist provided, and behave yourselves.

    Ambience
    Located on the first floor, with lovely windows overlooking Bree, this white, bright space is peppered with plants and orange highlights. Pale wooden tables and chairs are spaced quite close together, the kitchen is open, and there aren't many soft furnishings, so it can feel a little hectic and loud, but it’s all part of the easy-going fun.

    (March 2016)

  • Katharine Jacobs

    Have you heard tell of a land where burgers are stuffed with cheese, where patties were made of grass-fed beef, and curly fries from organic potatoes (double-fried and served with rosemary salt)? Bree Street is abuzz about brand new burger hotspot, IYO Burgers.

    But owners Jonah Lewis and Jean Marc Lenferna don’t want to be just any burger spot: the ethical sourcing of their ingredients is part of a sincere desire to grow the local, sustainable farming industry.

    Says co-owner Jonah, “We want to grow [IYO] so that ethical farming can grow in this country. We hope that people will see the beauty and honesty in what we’re doing.”

    So far, they’ve grown from tiny beginnings in 2013 as a stall selling burgers at markets into a fully-fledged restaurant in Cape Town’s buzzing Bree Street.

    What do the burgers taste like? The Eat Out team sets out to investigate.

    Food

    If you’re the ambitious type, kick off with one of the small bites. The veggie croquettes – carefully seasoned spinach and sweet potato in a light batter ¬– are rather delicious. The gluten-free pulled pork pancakes, meanwhile, come with a jar of whiskey-honey that transforms the starter almost into a dessert. (Not a complaint).

    But you’re here for the burgers, so leave room for one of the incredible sounding options (R58-R87).

    The Whisky Braai-BQ burger conceals crispy bacon bits in a sweet, whisky–barbecue sauce that contrasts nicely with the mildly flavoured guacamole and smoky cheese. Then there’s The Quick Dip, which is accompanied by a small bowl of ‘IYO house dip’, a somewhat confusing addition with a watery consistency and a subtle barbecue flavour. The B.B.L.T (Better B.L.T) with a boerenkaas cheddar-filled beef patty boasts a firm crumbed tomato, bacon-and-onion jam, butter lettuce and garlic mayo (which wasn’t really in evidence). The Brie Street comes with an ostrich patty stuffed with brie cheese and topped with red onion, wild rocket and a red wine and cranberry reduction. The balance of sweet and savoury is spot on and the ostrich patty cooked to a perfect medium rare.

    The patties are almost too thick to get your mouth around – again, not a complaint – and come perfectly cooked, with a touch of pinkness in the centre. The grass-fed beef is chewy and flavoursome on its own, and not too finely ground. There are also pork, chicken and vegetarian (beet and bean) and vegan (lentil, aubergine, flax seed and sweet potato) patty options.

    The standard sesame buns are light and not too obtrusive, but you can also order the burgers bun-less, in which case they come on a generous bed of salad topped with bean sprouts. (The team’s planning to bake their own gluten-free rolls in the future.)

    As for the cheese fillings, we’re in favour of the concept, although we did note that in some instances there could be more cheese. (There can always be more cheese.)

    The satisfying sides come in the form of sweet potato fries, light and crispy curly fries, and surprisingly tasty kale chips crumbed in what resembles cheddar cheese. There’s also a seasonal salad on offer.

    If you’ve still got room (portions are not small), share a slice of the cheesecake for dessert. The flavours rotate depending on what’s in season, but ours is flecked with raw cacao powder and melted dark chocolate, resulting in the board being scraped clean. There’s also a vegan option made with desiccated coconut and cashews.

    Drinks

    A selection of craft beers – four of which are available on tap – is complimented by a handful of good-quality spirits (Inverroche gin, La Muerte tequila) and a handful of house wines, available by the glass for R30 a pop. There’s also Fairtrade coffee by Bean There, kombucha, green juices (the one we try is a little watery), shakes and the ginger shot, a cute corked vial of ginger juice that feels as if it would burn any lingering cold into smithereens.

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    Located on the first floor, this smallish space seats just 35 people. They don’t take bookings, so send an advance emissary if you have a large group. The varnished FSC-approved wood forms a prominent feature in the otherwise light, bright space. Tables have inset pot plants and a wall planter hosts a variety of lettuces and herbs. The space becomes quite noisy – in part due to the open kitchen – but this could easily be remedied with the introduction of some soft furnishings.

    Service

    Friendly, swift and simple. Mark your order on the sheet of paper, pay at the till, and await your burgers. Burgers come out quickly, and not having to pay at the end is a boon, particularly if you’re trying to squeeze in a workday lunch.

User reviews

  • IYO Burgers has a distinct hipster vibe, if that's your scene, you'll love this spot. If not, move swiftly along. Their burgers are butch and meaty (except for the vegan ones, they're kinda soft and earthy). I had the kimchi laced burger - the sweet and tangy tones made for a mellow and delicious burger, a great hunk of crisp pork belly added gorgeous crunch and depth of flavour. My favourite part of this burger was that it didn't predictably lean in to the usual Asian flavour profile. The truffle burger had layers of mushroom and truffle oil, a heady mix of intense flavour that worked really well. Stay away if you're not a fan of fungi. All burgers come with a side of curly fries, sweet potato wedges or a garden salad. The fries were very average, but they were served with fabulously garlicy aioli and a very potent chilli sauce. The evening was rounded off with a slice of Oreo cheesecake. The creaminess of the cake was perfectly complemented by the moist crunch of the Oreo base. A great slice of cheesecake! Regardless of hipster or not, if you enjoy a good fussed over burger, try this joint.
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  • My brother says it's a burger bar for girls, but he's wrong. Even-though IYO makes the best bunless burger in town, it comes on a good bead of salad, (not just leaves), they also have a choice of potato or sweet potato fries to keep the boys happy. That said, their burgers are amazing - the Whiskey BBQ one of my favourites. It's the ideal choice for the 'healthies' and the 'not-so-healthies'. Add a vegan power smoothie if you're that girl, or a Nutella milkshake if you're that girl. I'm both, and I've never been disappointed at IYO. It's an a eat-and-go situation, the seating gets uncomfortable if you stay too long.
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  • Lovely vibe and amazing food! Keep going back!
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  • Nice place cosy and service fine, food tasty.
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  • This is my fiance and I's favourite spot! I'm a big fan of your bunless burgers! paired with a glass of miss molly sparkling wine. Best!
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  • IYO theres not many words to describe the place, i would say it something more of a experience and keeping going back for the same experiences. The something about the vibe of this place whether its busy or quite you feel like you were personally invited to go din there. As you walk in, you are welcomed with smiles from the awesome staff, that make you feel like you apart of IYO. The food, all I can say is do yourself a favor (if you haven't already) hands down some of the best and tasty food i have had world wide. My favorite the whisky bbq burger never fails with that cheesy center
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  • The place to go to for healthy and truly delicious burgers. The most refreshing and delightful ingredients that I always leaving wanting more. Great vibe and hang out for friends that want to have a good lunch.
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  • By fat the best burger spot in South Africa. Their food is incredible, the vibe is great, loving their new extended restaurant and bar. Bonus: I absolutely love that their food is ethically sourced and that they genuinely care about food and the environment!
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  • This is by far my favourite Burger restaurant at the moment. The burgers are out of this world and there's always fast service and an amazing atmosphere (try this on a first Thursday and you're lucky to get a table)! The menu is killer!
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  • Everything on the menu is novel and delicious. I've been going here since their inception and they keep getting better and better every year.
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  • Been my go to since it opened. The Umami burger is by far my favourite meal of all time - every time... Big ups to Jo & Jean-Marc!
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  • These guys are so groovy! Delicious menu and something for everyone. It's the go to on any day of the week and always a great vibe. Like I just can't even, Jonah ;) woooo go boys!!
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  • I heard about this unique space all the way in JOHANNESBURG! So being a massive burger fan, I had to check out what the fuss was all about. So on my recent visit to Cpt, I made my way through to this wonderfully located establishment. And I must say, i really enjoyed every second of it. Food ,ambience we're top on my list. Definitely a must for ALL burger lovers
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  • The burgers are really good and unique, the service is generally very good and the atmosphere is always great - convivial, busy but never too noisy to have good conversation. A great eatery in a great part of town for both lunch and dinner. Looking forward to watching some premier league games here soon too. And the fries are always on point.
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  • Super service, super food, super cool city bowl experience! Plus the vegan health nut burger is out of this world. All makes for a beyond happy customer experience. Thank you IYO
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  • Everytime I visit Cape Town I am sure to pop in for one of the many great burgers at IYO - The staff are friendly and effective, they source local and ethical products and it's always a great vibe. Always leave smiling!
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  • Awesome crunchy salads and amazing burgers. The patties are just the best! Lots of other yummy things on the menu too
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  • Obviously we are not 5 stars yet but this is something that we strive for everyday. We do have the best burgers in town, come for a chow.
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  • A lovely space, always filled awesome people. The burgers are just to die for especially the Cluck Cluck (best chicken burger in CT) and the BBLT. All burgers come with a choice of side, all of which are delicious and I can never choose which one I want. The short ribs as a starter are absolutely delicious and will come back for them again and again. A simple menu with so much to choose from. Love the newly, fully stocked bar and all the new milkshakes.
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  • I have visited IYO Burgers numerous times. Each experience at this burger joint has left me content and excited for my next visit. The dynamic duo have certainly captured their passion through serving sustainable sourced ingredients, imaginative burgers and a relaxed yet vibey atmosphere! It is great for beers with friend too. I highly recommend this place.
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  • Great food, great service a a cool new bar to top it all up. Big up to IYO
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  • Having frequented this establishment numerous times now, I can honestly say that I love it there! Being known for its burgers I might as well start there... There is an immense range that caters for the meat eaters, the chicken lovers as well as the vegetarians. I've tried most of them and have never been disappointed. Fresh, organic ingredients make all the difference! The sides of sweet potato fries, curly fries or side salad accompany the offering very well and the fact that IYO has their own delicious branded beer hurt either! there is also a big selection of starters and desserts, all mouth watering! Special mention goes to the cheese cake! In the evenings there is always a great jovial vibe and everyone seems very content with their meals as well as the surrounding company. Would recommend IYO to anyone looking for a delicious, relaxed easy going meal that will keep you coming back for more!
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  • Vibrant, energetic and great energy that is created and disbursed through this business! Owners and staff are always smiling and keen to interact with customers, food is organic and locally sourced, getting back to what's important and knowing where our food comes from, as a vegetarian this is the only place that I want to eat meat! If u have the opportunity to visit this restaurant u won't be making a mistake!
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  • Great atmosphere and awesome to know all the food is organic and ethically sourced (and also delicious), coupled with the fact that they make a conscious effort to support the local farmers & community you have yourself a top notch burger bar! Highly recommended!
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  • Honestly the best vibes and best chow down in CT. Made my trip and the guys who run it are like the most wrlcoming dudes ever!
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  • IYO is a cool burger restaurant that's different from the rest with their tasty burgers and sides that are super filling. They make an amazing Oreo, Nutella and white chocolate cheesecake too.
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  • I mean, the only downfall is they don't deliver to PE... Favourite veggie burger in all the land
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  • Loved the place!! It's a socially and environmentally conscious place that churns out deliciously succulent burgers with authentic flavours at a pleasantly surprising price. The menu changes regularly keeping in season with fresh produce and there are often great specials. The service is very relaxed and the owners are constantly out socializing with the patrons and ensuring everyone is comfortable and well looked after. Being positioned in the heart of Bree street, the restaurant enjoys a very trendy patronage and the ambiance of the restaurant is fun young and progressive. One of my favourite spots in SA!
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  • Some seriously great burgers with sides to match - I haven't had better sweet potato fries anywhere. Wholesome, honest food. Best enjoyed if you're not in a hurry but it's a fun and friendly place to hang out so, win-win ;)
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  • Love it!!!
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  • Super vibey burger spot was a quick bite or a boozy evening. The new extension is a cool place to watch sport. Well done!
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  • I crave IYO burgers all the time. Which is cool, because they're healthy, eco friendly, and made with local produce. It's the only place, in my opinion, that makes guilty- free burgers that are incredibly satisfying. love the sweet potato and kale fries too, with that garlic mayo !!
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  • They make the best burgers around!
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  • Absolutely LOVE this place, especially their bunless burgers. Whenever I have a craving for something healthy but still delicious, this is my go to place. The salad that comes with the bun is always fresh and they use whatever is in season, making it super tasty. And that's just the salad, the actual burger is always flavorful and juicy. Sourced from only the best ingredients, (organic, grass fed) making me feel that much better eating it. Staff is also always super friendly and smiling, ready to run you through the nights specials and answer any questions you have. Only down side is that service can be a bit slow sometimes, but if you're not in a hurry, then no problem! Would recommend it to anyone looking for a casual night out and a good burger!
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  • IYO is the best burger restaurant I have been to in South Africa. The burgers are always delicious and impeccably made! The menu is carefully made and has a wide range of unique and popular flavors. Apart from the delicious burgers, friendly service and owners always there for any problems, the ethos of the place is amazing. In today's day and age the environment and our country are in strain. IYO is eco friendly and fulled with plants. All the stock is locally produced and proudly South African. I love IYO and would recommend it to anyone.
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  • Really cool place to grab a bite. The service is always good and the food is delicious, plus I like the general esthetic and feel of the place.
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  • An outstanding burger that I would highly recommend to anyone. That paired with a great atmosphere makes this one of my favourite burger restaurants in Cape Town!
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  • Great spot, wide variety of food but a bit pricey on the booze. Burger was fantastic :)
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  • Hands down the best burger joint in Cape Town. I'm from JHB but have still made it back enough to try every burger on the menu. These guys seriously need to consider opening up a shop here. Do yourself a favour and try the southern fried chicken wings as a starter (talk about versatility) makes you question how the colonel has been around this long! I smell a successful food chain brewing brew
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  • Food, space and atmosphere is fantastic. The IYO crew have worked exceptionally at creating a unique experience for its customers. If I could you one piece of advice... EAT THE CHEESECAKE!
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  • The whiskey burger was absolutely amazing.
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  • Incredible restaurant! Definitely the best burgers in Cape Town and likely south Africa. Wonderful ambience , friendly and professional waiters , speedy service and mind blowingly good food ! Their new dessert menu is also amazing , the cheesecake is out of this world!
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  • Great vibrant atmosphere with delicious burgers. Highly recommended.
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  • Love everything about this place !
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  • Best burger place in town!
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  • Delicious burgers that are ethically sourced and produced! I love the homemade accompaniments and the fact that the restaurant places such emphasis on up-skilling employees. Haven't been to the expanded premises yet but have heard only good things. Keep up the good work!
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  • Tasty food with a cause behind it. Its one thing to create a tasty gourmet burger, let alone a full menu which leaves me stumped every time I visit as they all seem like a taste-bud extravaganza is about to go down in your mouth BUT to do this whilst supporting the community in which this burger joint is located in another accomplishment better left for explaining another time. In a nutshell -> tasty burgers that leave you feeling not even an ounce of guilt because you just fed your body nourishment that is made/grown from your local farmer from just down the road. 5*. Bang for yo buck$
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  • If you've ever wondered what a crabby patty from Spoundge Bob Square pants tastes like?? I recommend you make your way to IYO and try their "bree street" burger. It's unbbreeliebable
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  • The sauces and topping combinations are glorious! The four of us did find the patties themselves a bit dry though - they crumbled apart as we ate -perhaps they need to look at that recipe. Still extremely delicious though. The salted caramel cheesecake is magnificent, too.

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  • This is a cute little spot for a lunchtime bite with friends. Lovely bright space, with a welcome breeze coming in through the windows (complete with little window boxes of herbs). My sweet potato chips with aioli were delicious, and all the bits and pieces inside the burger were good, but my patty was a little too compact and dry for my tastes. I have had a good burger here before; maybe this one was just left a little too long on the grill. I like how the burgers are served with little cocktail spears to keep everything together in the event you want to eat with your hands.

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  • The stairs leading up to the restaurant paves the way to the blank canvas that this eatery is - A simple interior with pale coloured walls and vibrant greens (literally) growing from the tables and along the ceiling, but with a menu exploding with flavour. Never before has a veggie burger left me as satisfied as their gourmet mushroom burger with confit peppers, goats cheese feta and basil mayonaise. Not to mention the sinfully indulgent chocolate milkshake for dessert. It was chocolatey goodness with the perfect balance of bitter and sweet to end the gastromic delight. It is clear that the owners of this restaurant knows what they want and knows how to do it well!!
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  • Popped in for a burger on First Thursdays - what a treat! Had the Umami burger, which delivered exactly as promised - bags of flavour! I wasn't 100% convinced by the curly fries, but I suppose they make a nice change from the usual offering (sweet potato fries are offered as an option).
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  • The overall experience at IYO was refreshing and unique ... smiling staff, delicious house made juices topped off by an absolute taste explosion in my mouth! From the cool dungarees, to the cheeky plant boxes in the middle of the table and simply the cleverest flavour combinations expressed with just the right amount of wit on the menu. I will definitely be back to eat the 'Brie Street' burger on Bree Street!! An absolute bonus was that my vegetarian and vegan friends were happy and well fed too with more than one option to choose from! Smiles and full tummies all round :)
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  • I have been to this "burger joint" twice now. In the months between my two visits I can positively say that the standard has been well-upheld which is a rarity in new restaurants today. The burgers are creative and delicious, the service is one with a smile and the ambience portrays exactly what you get. Clean cut and simple goodness - no embellishments needed.
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  • Wow!!! I've found my second home...fantastic food, great service* ( hearther is superb ) . I'll be back very soon...
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  • A phenomenal experience all around... From the laid-back vibe of the restaurant, to the easy ordering service to the most deelish burgers you'll find in Cape Town!! IYO in always filled with people smiling and laughing. Such a win!!!
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  • I love the food there, the drinks and just about everything accept the service... It could be improved a little bit because having one waitress at rush hour is really not ideal... Found myself spending more that 20minutes waiting for me meal...
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  • I've visited IYO twice now and it hasn't failed yet. The service is friendly and informed. You're given little slips of paper along with menus and tick what you want on the slip then hand it to the wait staff. The pulled pork pancakes with whisky honey were delicious - juicy pork with the sweet/sourness of the whisky honey was a great combination. Wine selection was limited but good. Last night I had the whisky braai burger served without the bun. Juicy, perfectly cooked burger with lots of interesting flavours. Last night was a very cold and wet night and some kind of basic heating inside the restaurant would have made the visit even better. Prehaps something to consider before winter is over.
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  • I was very disappointed with the burger that I had when I visited IYO. I ordered the Cluck Cluck chicken burger and it cost R75. At that price I expected a burger to be of a much better quality. The flavour and taste of the burger were good and the pattie had a great crunch. What ruined the burger was the quality of the chicken. I had a grey coloured piece of chicken that I wasn't entirely sure was cooked in some places and had bits that felt gelatinous. I ordered a burger from Steers the other day that cost less than R30 which tasted better and contained much better quality chicken than IYO. I don't think I will be returning to IYO again.
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  • By far one of the best restaurants in Cape Town. So quirky and different but still with amazing food and service. My fiancé had the Whisky Braai BQ burger with sweet potato fries (the fries was amazing, so sad I didn't order them) and I had the health nut bun less (by far the best burger I've ever had). The service was great, the bar tender that made our drinks where so nice explaining the drinks and giving us little tasters of their selection of beers on tap. I will definitely go back and I've been recommending them to a lot of people.
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  • I was recently treated to a great evening at this new venue. The food and service was great. I am officially a huge fan of the Fiery Ginger beer with the whiskey burger. I opted for the bun less burger which came with a delicious salad underneath. I will definitely visit this venue again.
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Menu

Set menu - IYO - Updated September 2017

Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Dinner
  • Dog-friendly
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • WiFi

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