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Junior

Junior
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  • Location 021 422 2968
  • Phone Number Shop 2, 12 Kloof Nek Road, Tamboerskloof, Cape Town
  • email info@junior.co.za
  • Opening Hours

    Monday to Saturday 12noon to late; closed Sunday

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Cost
R70 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual, Contemporary cool
Food
Burgers, Light meals
Payment
Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Katharine Jacobs

Coming as it does from some of the people behind two of Cape Town’s most hip restaurants – El Burro and Royale – Junior has rather a lot to live up to. But the burger spot just off Kloof Nek is quick to separate itself from its parent, Royale – these burgers, co-owner Hugo Berolsky explains, are decidedly not gourmet. Katharine Jacobs elbowed her way through the hipsters to find out what exactly they are.

Food

There’s something thoroughly satisfying about a squishy white roll. These rolls give way in the same soft, pillowy manner that a McDonalds roll does – except they look more like the golden bun in the adverts and less like an actual McDonalds burger. The meat patties are also thin like a takeaway burger – even the double burger, with two patties and two slices of melting cheese, is a rather flat affair. There’s a crunchy piece of pickle, tomato, onion, lettuce and the ooze of the in-house tomato sauce. It’s a yummy thing; in many respects, very like a McDonalds burger – but with one crucial difference: as Hugo had assured me previously, they’re not packed with salt, sugar and preservatives.

This is admirable, but I’m ever so slightly disappointed. My brain is not blissed out in the way it would be, had I just eaten an ordinary takeaway burger. And yet, I haven’t exactly been eating salad. I’m not sure how many brownie points to award myself in this situation, and it’s puzzling.

The chips get a thumbs up. They’re thin and golden, but they’re cut on site and taste like potatoes (something often missing in fast-food chips, I find.) The cheese fries are tasty – but for those used to British ‘cheesy chips’, let me manage your expectations: these are the American-style chips made with cheese sauce – not a mess of actual melted cheese.

There’s also coleslaw – happily not drowning in mayo, but enriched with a creamy crumble of feta cheese instead.

For dessert, we sample a baked Oreo doughnut and an ordinary fried doughnut. They’re okay, but they don’t pass my ‘delicious enough’ test, which requires that unhealthy foods be above a certain threshold of deliciousness in order to warrant the kilojoule consumption.

Drinks

The chocolate and peanut butter milkshake does, however, pass the aforementioned test. It’s not particularly chocolatey, but it’s very peanut buttery, and the thick ice-cream base conceals little clumps of peanut butter that occasionally make it up the straw and deliver a hit of salty, peanut-buttery goodness. There’s also Citizen’s Patriot Light Lager, a new release from the craft brewery – a good option if you didn’t read what I just wrote about the milkshake.

Ambience

Primary colours, white walls and fairly bright overhead lighting create something of the atmosphere of a fast-food joint. But a hip logo, cleverly translated onto packaging and signage, signifies that this is not a chain spot. Since tables and chairs are fixed, it’s not the most comfortable venue to linger for hours, but that’s not really the point.

Service

One of the new wave of fast-casual restaurants, this spot doesn’t offer table service. Instead, orders are taken at the counter – and, yes, this means things can get a little cramped on a busy night. After all, in such a vibey location, the majority of diners aren’t taking the burgers away, they’re eating them here. Fortunately, the kitchen is fairly speedy, so the line of loiterers doesn’t get too long.

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User reviews

  • The staff were slow, rude and keep messing up the order. After waiting 30 minutes they still had not managed to give us our order after giving it away to other people twice. They get so confused they need to open up the packages to see what burger is what. Then they all start fighting. Come on, there are only 4 options to choose from... and client name is on the slip. How do you get it so wrong?
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  • If you're looking for an upgrade on MacDonalds - try Junior. What sets this apart from other burger joints you may ask. The answer is simple; price, location, vibe - approach Junior more as an overall experience as to a must-have burger - and you will avoid disappointment. It's the type of drop-in choice after a day at the beach, or a quick bite before or after just about anything. Don't expect the best burger in town - things here are pretty simple : thin patties (opt for a double cheese burger!), MacDonald-style fries and ketch-up in red plastic squeezy bottles. And best of all, you can enjoy your burger with a craft beer, or milkshake - if that's your vibe.
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  • We went to Junior after looking online for the best burgers in cape town. I also read an article in the newspaper about them and decided to take a trip to town to check them out. Sigh. While the design is quite nice and minimalistic and the tables are cool...the burger and "house-made fries" was nothing to rant and rave about. The fries were not crispy and lacked flavour, the burger was well, nothing special. And spending almost 20bucks on fries is ridiculous. The lady taking the order lacked enthusiasm and some what arrogant. All in all, i would recommend this place if you're seeking a below mediocre burger and limp fries.
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  • Absolutely FAN-FLIPPING-TASTIC - people must drop this reference to 'gourmet'. If you looking for a burger that IS crammed with flavour (that isn't factory farmed death on a plastic bun, i.e McDonalds/Burger King and the rest of the rancid gang) - then you have yourself a famous winner that is Junior - a quick, easy and delicious burger joint. Simple. The place is genius. From the branding, through to the service and all-round experience. And the fact that you don't get the sugar-high (and subsequent nausea/come-down from usual fast-food rubbish makes your body feel that much-more on top of the world. High-5 Junior. Nailed it.
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  • If you’re looking for a fast-food that won’t fill you with a deep sense of regret, utterances of “why did I do that?” or a sad-face emoticon, then Junior is exactly what you’re craving. It’s, as they say, “Fast Food, Made Well.” The menu is simple – Shakes, Sides & Burgers. If you've ever wished for a McDonalds burger to be juicy and delicious, then Junior will help you realise you dream. I love the ambience and the take-out decor. The services was friendly and the food is in no way gourmet. So go for what it is, take-out that costs exactly what it should cost. There's a reason McD's is so dirt cheap, you can't compare the price points. R20 extra for a happy cow and a real potato chip is not too much to ask.
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  • We popped in there for a quick burger recently to give them a try. I love the simple, clean decor. When we arrived it was already bustling with people. This makes sense seeing that it's been perfectly placed opposite Rifikis and P&G on Kloofneck. All the drunk people can just stumble across the road :) We had a plain burger and a cheese burger with chips. Because I'd heard that the owners also started Royale, I probably expected the burgers to be a little more gourmet. They ended up tasting very similar to Burger King though, and were super small, which probably explains the name Junior. The buns were kind of greasy too, so all-in-all wasn't that impressed with the food. Price-wise it's R40 for the cheapest burger, and extra for chips. The service was good and everyone was smiling, but we waited about 20 minutes for our food. If you want to leave full, you'll have to buy 2 burgers. Was great to try as a novelty, but I don't think I'll be back.
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  • The second evening open at a new, very "American feel" type take out on Kloof Nek. Wow, what a gap in the market and they found it! A great vibe and energy (the twins are so friendly and welcoming) and possibly the best (and freshest) donuts I've ever eaten. I'll be back there, on sober nights and not so sober nights. I mean a gourmet take out burger, who could resist, neh?
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