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De Vrije Burger

9 Reviews
Burgers
Phone Number 0766641154 Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday 11am to 9pm

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Menu

Menu - De Vrije Burger Menu - updated April 2018

Details

Cost
R60 avg main meal
Food
Burgers
Corkage
No BYO
Cost
R60 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Kids, Quick meals
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Facilities
Accepts credit cards, Dinner, Food, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Takeaways

Location and contact

24 Simonsplein, 61 Plein Street, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Jeanette Clark

Food
This is the way all fast food should taste. It reminds you of a New York-style hole-in-the-wall burger joint, but the flavour is quirky South African. Celebrated chef Bertus Basson added De Vrije Burger to his restaurant repertoire in 2018 and it has become a favourite for many visitors.

You can choose a De Jonge Burger (no trimmings – just the beef patty, cheese and bread), but will then miss out on the joy that is the De Vrije build-your-burger experience. When placing your order, you can choose whether the patty should still be pink in the middle or more well done. Optional add-ons include smoked chilli sauce, bacon or Melrose and biltong. There’s the Uitpakslaai (described – for those who don’t remember Sunday lunch salads at your tannie’s house – as a traditional South African salad with creamy dressing), and soft serve ice cream with hundreds and thousands for dessert. The hand-cut potato tjips is offered three different ways – BBQ-spice dusted, cheesy or peri-peri.
The burger is overwhelmingly big when you take it out of the branded brown bag. The size of the 200g 100% free-range beef patty easily equates to what some chain take-out spots would offer as a double and comes with lettuce, tomato, double cheese and pickles. Word of warning: this is messy eating! So probably not ideal for a first date.

With every burger bought you get a voucher for a free ice cream.

Drinks
Wines are available by the bottle and also in a 250ml carafe. The very reasonably priced carafe of 2018 Gabrielskloof chenin blanc rounds off your burger meal perfectly. You can also have a craft beer (Windpomp lager and Leiwater ale from Black Mountain microbrewery are on offer).

Service
You order at the counter and take your own food to your table (seating is available for about 20 people max).

Ambience
It’s trendy and alternative – in line with the music that drifts from the speakers inside. De Vrije Burger draws customers of all ages, but appeals to a younger crowd with discerning taste. It’s an interesting mix between a fast-food joint and Posh Bosch staple.

Best for…
Late-night munchies – gourmet-style.

(August 2019)

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User reviews

9 Reviews
    I compare all burgers to this and nothing compares!!! All options are to die for
    Do not let this small hole-in the-wall takeaway spot fool you. They know how to make burgers. In fact, they make the best burgers in Cape Town. At least in my books, and if you know how many burgers I’ve eaten, then you’ll know you can take my word for it. With just enough choices to make your decision easy and an open kitchen to make your mouth water, De Vrije Burger has a winning idea: Great quality burgers with a beef patty that puts all other patties to shame, available for takeaway, or a quick sit down. The chips were alright. They’re going for a classic slap chip, which I love, but theirs was a little too crispy for my personal liking. The service was a little cold at first, but the lady at the till warmed up and by the time we went to collect our free ice creams, which is a very novel and unique thing for them to do, she was smiling broadly. The prices might sound a little steep, but it's not. Really, it's not. The quality and delicious food you're getting is worth way more. I can highly recommend De Vrije Burger. I’m salivating just thinking about going back to try more of their truly droolicious burgers.
    Having read some rave reviews, and some not that great, we decided to give this concept a try, rather than a sit down restaurant. Unfortunately in my opinion we would have done better with a Steers burger at half the price. First impression was that the place was grubby, burger patty was over cooked and the chips seemed to be reheated rather than freshly done. Portion size was generous though, so we were able to leave quite a bit for one of the local homeless guys. Would I go there again? Definitely not.
    A burger is a burger is a burger......? Bertus Basson proves that a top chef can take a burger to the next level. Best burger I ever had. Great value for money - if you ever visit Stellenbosch and don't pop in at De Vrije Burger, you are missing out.
    The hype surrounding the opening of De Vrije Burger had my mouth watering for a great burger! Unfortunately I left disappointed. The patties were underseasoned and over-cooked (my husband’s was charred and tasted burnt). The buns were good (but mine was burnt as well) and the burger toppings were generous. The chips were were so-so. Perhaps we visited on an off day. However, if you are a burger-only venture, your burgers need to be great - all the time.
    I must recommend De Vrije Burger. We shared a burger over the weekend without adding any extras just to try it out. It was delicious!! The burger and the chips!! We each had a glass of wine, sitting on Plein Street (on the already mentioned uncomfortable high chairs) and watched the world go by.... and then I had a draairoomys. Go NOW!
    Definitely rates as my best burger of 2017! But diners need to know that this is a casual take-away/'food truck without wheels' vibe, done very stylishly. There are a few high tables inside and on the pavement, maybe seating 10/15 people or so on bar stools (which I found quite uncomfortable) but you receive your burger and fries in a brown paper bag as a 'take-away', although a tray with glassware is provided for wine. This is not a sit-down restaurant for a long lunch, but if it's a good burger you're after - you will not be disappointed!

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