In the search for Cape Towns best burger – Da Vincis, Kloof st

By Shelley Barnard, eat.art MD

February brought the search for burger greatness to Kloof street’s Da Vinci’s.  Perhaps better known for their pizza’s we thought we would throw the spotlight onto their burgers. Although, it was later revealed that we actually went there due to the close proximity to Slug and Lettuce and the opening weekend of super 15 rugby. Oi vey! These are the results of men arranging events.  I can’t complain too much as the girls managed to slip across the road to the Thai massage spot for an impromptu foot massage.

Back to Da Vincis – The burgers take their names from cities around the world and popular flavours in these regions.  Eg. Bordeaux – Tangy garlic mayo, Mexico – Hot & Spicy chilli sauce.  They all come with the same sesame bun, relish and salad but the difference comes in the toppings you go for and your patty choice.  These include 200g beef or ostrich, 175g chicken or 160g veg patties.

Prices range from R60 (For a “Cape Town” which is a classic burger with veg patty) to R78 for a beef/ostrich Paris burger (topped with brie, bacon and avo).  All burgers are cooked a little over medium unless asked for otherwise.

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The burgers come with a choice of chips, wedges or salad.

Something noticeably interesting on the menu, and for those following the carb free diet fad of the moment, there is a burger in a bowl option.  It’s a bowl of yummy salad including rocket, avo and seeds topped with a burger of your choice minus the bun.

I tried the beef “Berlin” which had sautéed mushrooms and I added a sliced of mature cheddar.  Most burger options only have one topping and I must admit I found it quite boring.  The pattys were also pretty dry but the meat quality was good.  The burgers came with a little pink sauce which I think were for the chips but we all ended up putting it on the burger to try sauce it up a bit.  I was also disappointed that the chips and wedges were very obviously fresh from the freezer as opposed to hand cut real potatoes.  Not great tasting.

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So while the venue and vibe is great I don’t think this will feature too high up on my burger list.  I feel like I’m being harsh but there is no space for sugar coating this serious endeavor.

Onwards and upwards next month!

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