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Posted on: Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Burgers at The Dogs Bollocks

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The Dogs Bollocks

The Dogs Bollocks

I have been hearing about The Dogs Bollocks for ages and have just not managed to get there, the other day this all changed. A little bit of background, if you haven’t yet heard of The Dogs Bollocks then listen up. This is a little burger joint that is found down a road and in a sort of lane. You’ll sit on garden furniture and get to eat a scrumptious burger. This burger joint was started in 2011 and has been growing from strength to strength.

It is all about the burger, there is nothing fancy about The Dogs Bollocks (don’t expect the fine dining experience of a restaurant in Cape Town) and you will love every minute of it. It started for the love of the burger and there are only 60 burgers made in the night so you need to get there early in order to reserve yours, because they sell like hot cakes. With a few house rules to familiarise yourself with, such as cash only, putting your name on the board with the number of burgers you are ordering and rules about beverages, you can soon sit back and enjoy the vibe.

You will be amazed at how quickly this place gets busy and the constant buzz that is heard. With fabulous background music it soon felt like being at home with a bunch of friends waiting for the braai master to say “food is ready”. We got there just after 17h30 (it only opens at 17h00) and there were already tables filled with eager waiting patrons. We got on name on the board and reserved the number of burgers we would be ordering. We were waiting for some of our group to arrive so we sat back with a bottle of wine, no wine glasses though only very funky and retro glasses.

 

The Dogs Bollocks
Photographs — Left: Inside the Dogs Bollocks / Centre: The menu / Right: The funky decor

While we waited I checked out the chalk board to see what I was going to be ordering. All the burgers are beef, although there is a vegan option as well. All burgers are R60 and all tastes are catered for. I was torn between the Peppered Mushroom and the Jalepeno Cheese, thankfully my dilemma was solved when my friend and I decided to go half and half. I then saw some of the burgers going out and panicked because they looked huge.

 

The Dogs Bollocks
Photographs — Left: Buns ready for burgers / Right: Collect your order

We chilled out a bit longer and then were ready to place our order. After a short while we heard our order being called and we raced up to collect. This isn’t your usual restaurant where you’ll sit down and order from a waitress and your food will be brought to you on a plate with cutlery. No sir, this is a classy take away instead. The burgers are served in a huge sheet of wax paper, no bells, no whistles, no cutlery, just the tasty burger. When I picked mine up my eyes almost popped out of my head because it was absolutely enormous and packed with lettuce. We also looked at the burgers with big eyes not really knowing where to start. We borrowed a knife and cut them in half to make it a bit easier and then we all tucked in. I couldn’t believe that I ate every single bite, but I did and was licking my fingers afterwards.

 

The Dogs Bollocks
Photographs — Left: Our order ready to go / Right: Delicious Peppered Mushroom Burger

After we were done we all started decided what we’d order next time. Both of my halves were delicious, the gherkins that are served are perfectly pickled and with plenty of sauce and all the good stuff you want on a burger you will leave feeling satisfied. I think my next one is going to be a New Yorker. Who wants to join me?

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Some things to remember … get there early because there are no bookings and this place is so popular you don’t want to get there and be disappointed. Bring some serviette’s, because it can get messy (perhaps not a first date option) and just enjoy yourselves. This is one of the best spots in Cape Town I have been to in a long time – oh and they’re only open Monday to Friday! Three cheers for The Dogs Bollocks. Hip hip hooray!

Tania Stephenson

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Tania loves to cook and create magic in the kitchen for family and friends (or even just herself). Be it finding a new recipe or making a tried and tested dish from her recipe folder - the kitchen is her sanctuary. Find her hanging out with friends round the braai or curled up on the couch reading the latest crime drama. With a spring in her step and a song in her heart you’ll find her supporting local artists in theatre, music and dance – from a hip hop competition or the latest musical on stage at Artscape in Cape Town. Enjoying all things culture she likes to share her experiences and delights with those around her.

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3 comments about Burgers at The Dogs Bollocks
  1. May 22nd, 2013 at 10:33
    Chriss says:

    Looks like one burger could feed a family of four. Fantastic!

  2. May 22nd, 2013 at 10:59
    Tans says:

    Could definitely smash one of these today! Yummy delish!

  3. May 27th, 2013 at 13:42
    Helen says:

    Amazeballs – next time Im in Cape Town that will be on the agenda!