Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Lunch at Burger & Lobster, Cape Town

Another Restaurant Week place to try was Burger and Lobster
It would be fair to say that crayfish or lobster is high on the list Lynne's favourite foods. And John is rather fond of good Hamburgers. So, when we saw this restaurant on the Restaurant Week list, it was almost a foregone conclusion that we would go to find out what was on offer. And it's a surprise, they offered only two dishes, a lobster roll and a hamburger
It's on Bree Street, on the South side of Heritage Square, so reasonably easy parking in the area. Some outside seating
A heritage building that has been tastefully upgraded where permissible. It has a long bar
If you want to order a whole fresh Cape lobster, these prices change according to the season, as does the availability. The Restaurant Week special was either the burger or a lobster roll, followed by the dessert, for R150 pp
The walls show how old the building is. This is rough sandstone from the Signal Hill quarries. Walls like this are usually at least 150 years old and are probably older
They have cleverly carved out the plaster to give a typical Cape Town mountainscape with Lion’s Head
We were seated way down at the far end of the restaurant. Nice industrial fittings used for lighting
A very clever device that we were told started off accidentally and became this large crayfish intaglio in the wall
The simple menu with the one style of burger, lobster roll and whole lobster. All mains are accompanied by a side salad and French fries
Lynne's Lobster roll. It is a thick slice of rich brioche bread, fried in butter, split down the centre into which the lobster tails and mayonnaise are stuffed. Very good indeed and rich. We couldn't tell if it was imported lobster or local crayfish, or freshwater crayfish. It didn't have that sweet taste of local crayfish, but was very good, with the texture more like large prawns. The salad is dressed with thick balsamic reduction and the French fries were good. You can order them with truffle oil for R95 but we declined.
We took along a bottle of Ormonde Chardonnay from our cellar; we thought the lobster deserved a good rich wine. We paid corkage of R50. They do have a good compact wine list, wines by the glass and some local craft beers
John really enjoyed the burger made from 250g steak mince, topped with crisp maple bacon and cheese. It is served on a brioche bun
Dessert was a rich caramel topped crème brulée topped with a meringue kiss, strawberry and a Cape gooseberry, rather sweet
Waiters sorting out the bill. We discovered that the restaurant is part of the group which owns Meloncino, the Greek Fisherman and City Grill in the V&A Waterfront
The bill
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2016

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