I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t have their favourite burger spot, whether they are vegetarian, chicken eaters or meat lovers, and last night I definitely found my spot. For those of you who haven’t yet tried Hudsons (The Burger Joint) on Kloof Street in Cape Town you most definitely need to give them a try.
Set in a busy part of Kloof Street they are well situated for both walk in trade and those who have already discovered the delight of the place. As you walk in you immediately relax as the atmosphere is cool and calm with a definite retro feel. You can either take a seat up at the bar, inside or outside under a cover. The waitresses are friendly and eager to assist you in your choice …
What’s good to know and which is quite clearly stated on the menu is that “if you don’t see it, we don’t serve it!” however don’t let that startle you – their menu covers a variety of burgers and options and caters for anyone and everyone, so don’t fear if you are a vegetarian, they have chickpea burgers.
They have two options in the beef and ostrich burgers, you can either have a 150g or 250g patty, the chicken breasts and veggie options come in one size. The menu has changed slightly and the burger prices have come down and then you order your sides separately. This is a great option if you are with friends, as I was last night, as you can order a couple of the sides and share.
I think hands down Hudsons serves the best House salad I have ever eaten (and you can order this as a side for only R20, thin cut fries R10 and onion rings R15 a portion), but let me get back to the salad. I have never been a big salad eater, but with 2010 being a new year and my goal to eat healthier and get fit and all of that, I am trying to eat more salad – even though they generally come with the dreaded lettuce… But now I can honestly say that if I had to eat a Hudsons salad every day I would be quite a happy chappy. You’re now asking what makes it so good and it’s because of the fantastic ingredients. Picture this; cos lettuce, red onions, marinated cherry tomatoes, pine nuts and artichokes and all of this topped with the most delicious balsamic dressing and parmesan shavings, delicious – my mouth is watering just at the thought of it!
But let me get back to the burgers, because they are after all a burger joint and these burgers certainly did not disappoint. I decided to try the veggie patty option and decided on The Meridian (with the burger only costing R25 – it was excellent value for money), the chickpea patty was topped with a tomato relish, mustard mayo, sliced jalapeños and red onion and as it was melt in the mouth yummy, I found myself licking my fingers once the burger had been devoured. I did find the mustard mayo quite strong and so in hindsight will probably order it on the side next time. What I also really enjoyed was the fact that the burger roll is a soft bun, not one of those hard ones that you sometimes get and makes it difficult to eat the burger. The roll was also toasted and for those of you who are wheat intolerant there is a wheat-free roll option for an additional R3.
The special of the day, which my friend had and raved about, was a lamb patty, topped with a mint and jalapeño salsa, brie cheese and rocket. However, I must mention that almost all of the burger combinations sounded delicious and I would be quite happy to work my way through their menu. You are also able to build your own burger by adding additional toppings. The ingredients are fresh and tasty and the vibe is fun and funky. With songs like “Pretty Woman” playing in the background all we needed were the waitresses to be serving us on roller skates and we could have been transported to another era.
All in all it was a fabulous experience and I certainly will be going back there time and time again. If only the saying went something like “a burger a day keeps the doctor away”…
Address & Contact Details:
Hudsone, 69A Kloof Street Cape Town
Tel: +27 (0)21 426-5974
Times: Open 11h00 to 22h00 daily