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De Vrije Burger

6 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

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Jeanette Clark

Food
Now this is the way all fast food should taste! Celebrated chef Bertus Basson added De Vrije Burger to his restaurant repertoire in 2018 and it has become a favourite for visitors. The feel is reminiscent of a New York-style hole-in-the-wall burger joint, but with a quirky South African flavour (take some time to study the logo art on the wallpaper inside). Purists can choose a De Jonge Burger with no trimmings – just the beef patty, cheese and bread – but why miss out on the joy that is the De Vrije build-your-own-burger experience?

When placing your order, you can choose whether the patty should be rare or more well done. Optional add-ons include smoked chilli sauce, bacon or Melrose and biltong – as in ‘Mom remembered Melrose’. The limited menu is littered with such nostalgic references. Try Uitpakslaai – with a helpful description for those who don’t remember South African-style Sunday lunch salads at your tannie’s house with creamy dressing. Or draairoomys with hundreds-and-thousands for dessert. The hand-cut potato tjips come 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 takeout 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 draairoomys. Bargain.

Drinks
Wines are available by the bottle or in a 250ml carafe. The very reasonably priced carafe of 2018 Gabriëlskloof Chenin Blanc rounds off a burger meal perfectly. Craft beers on offer are Windpomp Lager and Leiwater Ale from Black Mountain Brewery.

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

Ambience
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 discerning younger crowd who appreciate this fusion of a fast-food joint and ‘Posh Bosch’ staple.

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

(August 2019)

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User reviews

6 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.

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