Capetonians are blessed in the sense that we are constantly anticipating compelling new eateries in our midst.
But nothing can quite be characterized like the explosive debut of Burger & Lobster onto the Cape’s culinary scene. It’s almost as though – dare I say it? – There is a die-hard Burger & Lobster cult advancing on the stellar Cape Town horizon. And I am nothing short of amazed. I belong to this cult.
It’s nothing too complicated. In fact, the B&L formula is rather simple: serve your customers such freakin’ good food that they will always return to you, regardless of how many items you’re serving up on the menu. Ingenious.
Burger & Lobster is the latest brainchild of the restaurateur trio who brought you City Grill, Meloncino, Greek Fisherman, La Playa & Love Revenge Cappuccino. It’s the ‘laat lammetjie’, so to speak. And just as the last-born child gets spoiled with only the best favours, so too was B&L awarded the pure attention to detail that it deserved. These men understood that going with a three-option-menu was not limiting, but rather opening doors to being able to fine-tune each facet to the eatery. As a result, all the elements of the dishes are prepared on site (yes, they even make their very own all butter brioche rolls – damn!) and you can look forward to the quintessential Burger & Lobster experience that was originally conceived in the UK.
And what of the cool crowed that the eatery attracts on a daily basis?
Aside from the mouthwatering food, I attribute this to the location, décor and ambience, all of which possess a certain effervescence of bubbling coolness. No doubt a key ingredient in what makes this place only thee place to be.
The Star of the Show
Lobsters seem to be the order of the day and this Cape Town favourite gets to play the lead star of its eponymous enterprise. Copper salt and pepper shakers, a whispering of red fluorescent lighting splashed against face brick walls, and a signature lobster wall-piece that stretches what I estimated to be at least 3 meters! All of these details gesture a nod to the beloved crustaceans that patrons flock to the establishment for.
However, the pride and the glory of Burger & Lobster has got to be its glistening tank display, decked out in a rather attractive (and softer) blue lighting. Venture forth to take a peek into its crystal waters, and here you’ll find a selection of West Coast Rock lobsters* to pick for your dinner. Some people may have trouble with the notion of this, but please understand how fresh your meal will be. The taste of fresh lobster is unrivalled, and B&L certainly has the art of lobster down to its finest.
You have two options when it comes to the lobster –
- You can order a whole lobster, either steamed or steamed and finished off on the grill (highly recommended!). This shiny red piece of love is served with sinfully luxurious lemon butter that provides the perfect complementary flavour to that sweet lobster meat. All the meals come standard with a generous portion of American style fries and a side salad that I actually really enjoyed!
- The second option, which just so happens to be my favourite option, is the illustrious lobster roll. OMG… We’re talking two juicy lobster tails done to perfection, laid down on the most heavenly buttery toasted brioche roll, and smothered in Japanese mayo.
“I can’t even.”
*A little birdy tells me that the restaurant is currently undergoing a process to procure some Boston lobster from US shores. Obviously, the more difficult a thing is to acquire, the more hefty the price tag that comes with it. These Boston lobsters, I am assured, will be worth every bit of their weight in gold – however, you will still be able to choose from the West Coast Rock lobster selection if you so desire!
The Golden Oldie
Aaaahhh, the old faithful hamburger. How could we forget about you?!
The good news for my fellow Muslim patrons is that I’ve been assured all burgers are made with purely halaal beef on the site, and all non-halaal ingredients are kept totally separate.
The buns are homemade (naturally), and the halaal-friendly version of their burger comes with two invigorating cheeses: a mild white cheddar, and a slightly sharper yellow cheddar. Think of the typically American Monterey Jack and you’ve hit the mark.
The juicy beef patty is then topped off with fresh garnish. I’d say you could basically look forward to tucking into one of the best burgers Cape Town has to offer.
Burger & Lobster has outdone themselves on the desserts that they have on offer. All desserts are made with the finest ingredients. Butter, sugar, and Lindt chocolate aplenty – you have my word that these blissful beauties are some of the best desserts I’ve tried this side of the hemisphere.
The oreo nutella cheesecake is layered with a buttered oreo base, nutella cheesecake, standard cheesecake and drool-worthy chocolate ganache. I am reminded of an advert for a bank with a rather popular comedian musing, “it’s like little fairies are walking on my tongue,” or something along those lines. Really great stuff!
The white chocolate crème brûlée is a stunning piece. It’s served in a short glass jar, and decorated with a caramelized sugar shard and fresh strawberries and gooseberries. This was our favourite. The texture is smooth, creamy and with just the right hit of white chocolate to get your tastebuds salivating.
Need to Know:
- The restaurant is incredibly popular, and as a result, bookings are essential on their busy days.
- Busy days run from Wednesday to Saturday, and reservations can be made within time slots of 17h00-19h00, 19h00-21h00 and 21h00 until late.
- Are you #teamlobster or #teamburger? B&L is running this cool promotion called “Fifty-fifty” for two people only.
You can order half a burger, half a lobster roll along with fries and a side salad to share. You then decide which was your favourite between the burger and the lobster roll, and you can post photos to social media using your relevant hashtag.
105 Bree Street
Cape Town City Centre
Telephone: +27 21 422 4297