Dining at Burger & Lobster

Turns out, that Burger & Lobster is one of those few places in Cape Town where you can have a memorable dining experience.

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Due to the ridiculous incompetence of a certain IT company, I’ve been without a laptop for close to 6 weeks now. That means a heavy backlog of work left undone and countless hours of editing I have yet to do.
On the other side the month of April + May have been good to me and I’m just so excited to share the experience I had at Burger & Lobster restaurant with you. x

It was EPIC. yes i said epic! I’d say that it has been the BEST dining experience I have had this year and by far the most memorable.

Burger & Lobster, Cape Town. I like the name actually, it truly encompassed exactly what they have on the menu – burgers and lobster. Simple but clever! For about a year and a half now I have heard fellow foodies and industry folk raving about this place. It’s located on one of the coolest foodie streets in Cape Town (Bree str.) – they are perfectly situated for a much needed drink after work, girls’ night out and for date nights with bae.

The restaurant boasts simple yet elegant dishes which I’d swear even Guy Fieri would fall in love with. The menu is humble, concise and comprises of two things : their  reputable freshly-made steak burgers and fresh lobster.

This place reminds me of the vibey restaurants that you often find in the streets of Soho in New York city. The kind of place that serves up a mean ass Old Fashioned cocktail where I wouldn’t mind spending my Friday nights at !

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 Delicious dishes on the menu at B&L . Steak burger with fries and a side salad, Bacon & Lobster mac’n cheese and a junior LOBSTER ROLL

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We got to try the best eats on their menu compliments of the restaurant  @burgerlobsterSA. I snagged a couple of pictures before it more or less ended up on my face and finally into my mouth.  It was all so delicious. I am not saying this to be nice and I am not being paid to write a great review. I would drag all my friends here if I had my parent’s credit card and would possibly stop by to pick-up dinner there every night. It’S THAT goood!

We didn’t have to wait long for our food and our waitress was always on hand when we needed a refill. I was a bit on the nervous side before we arrived in all honesty. Excited but nervous still. I mean if you are just going to have two things on your menu then there is ABSOLUTELY no room for (excuse my language) fuck ups . So there I was, walking in with my friend – Nathan – with growling tummies and high expectations!

The Drinks got me all kinds of excited though. I must tell ya! There is something on the menu for everyone – whiskey drinkers, girly girls, heavy drinkers and crafty something also for the guy who just wants a beer. Did I mention that they have a happy hour special for every single damn day of the week!

After a few cocktails in our systems, conversation with the staff and a bit of nibbles on classic bar snacks, I got a clear feel for the restaurant and I was ready to dive head first into the mains. I couldn’t decide on what to order and later decided on the cheesy bacon & lobster mac ‘n cheese. With the mac n cheese I got half a lobster roll on the side. YUM

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To my dining pleasure, Nathan doesn’t eat lobster or bacon so I had these all to myself. The buttery roll complements the tender juicy lobster so well. The squeeze of the lemon is quite essential for the entire dish to work together. And the light Japanese mayo is no joke. I could have used more of that mayo on my roll though. I couldn’t finish the pasta though. Had to leave some room for some dessert! I really did enjoyed my meal and I really want to go back! I actually want to pack up their Head Chef and lock her up in our kitchen.

Ooh, and the black truffle and Parmesan fries ? PERFECTION!  I must confess inhale carbs whenever the opportunity presents itself. These fries may have ultimately changed the way I look at potatoes! I am craving them as I am typing. How can that be? 
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All the dishes comes with American style fries that puts Mac D’s fries to shame and a mixed green salad, that has been dressed in a delicious balsamic vinegar (I assume) dressing with croutons and red onions. I can’t stop dreaming about those Parmesan and Black Truffle fries which go perfectly well with sriracha sauce. They were pleasurable to eat and I swear I’d pick these over a boy any day! I suggest you order a big bowl of these – emphasis on NOT sharing the fries with your dining mate.

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mmm, my mouth is salivating!

Nathan on the other hand was happy with his order. He actually said it was one of the best gourmet burgers he has had in his life. He actually grew quieter and quieter as he took each bite. I am so happy he shared his fries with me. Otherwise a food brawl would have ensued. The one thing that took him off guard was the salad. He went nuts for it. FYI he rarely eats salad and he fell in love with the way it was dressed and the golden croutons that were mixed in.

The cheese sauce on the burger (which is a combo of 3 different cheeses) was DIVINE, as Nathan would say! The patty itself was unique. He couldn’t compare it to anything he has ever tasted before. The taste (which paired well with the steak patty) was pretty new to him, esp. because of the cheese on the patty. I FOR ONE LIKED IT!

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P.S – THEY ALSO SERVE FRESH WHOLE LOBSTERS =O

Before we had even digested our mains, we were presented with a plate full of the dessert they have on offer on their menu. I AM SECRETLY A DESSERT LOVER, OBSESSED WITH THE THINGS 🙂 ESP. CAKES.

The Oreo + Nutella cheesecake and the crushed Ferrero Rocher chocolate cake were some of the best we’ve ever had. The chocolate was lighter than expected, whilst the cheesecake was creamy and  richer and yet delectable but not overwhelming on the palate at all.

No words can express the moments we took a bite of each dessert. BLISS. Nathan professed his undying love for the Ferrero Rocher chocolate cake and then changed his mind that he loved the cheese cake more. I think he just couldn’t make his mind up on which he preferred better, which was hilarious to witness!

THE INTERIOR DECOR IS HIP AND STYLISH. I LOVED THE RUSTIC YET MODERN FEEL OF THE DESIGN AND THE LAYOUT OF THE BAR IS THE ONE WE ARE STEALING FOR OUR FUTURE PENTHOUSE.

It was so good to sit back and chat over spectacular food, cocktails and just create memories out of the occasion. And that is what B&L is all about. It’s a place where you can make memories and devour as much lobster as your stomach can handle. We both found the service to be one of the best we’d ever experienced.

There were a few empty seats when we got there and by the time we  heading home it was a full house. So it is advised that you make a reservation.

Word of advice: don’t rush your meal at B&L because before you know it, it will be all gone! You’ll want to linger to order more of their signature cocktails so do get there early and sit comfortably.

The Burger & Lobster crew is doing something that some fine dining restaurants in the Cape have failed to do. They have managed to elevate and celebrate the ingredients that they have on hand. From the burger patties they make themselves, to the warm brioche rolls, to the much loved whole lobsters…i honestly have to take my hat off for them.

The menu is set at approximately R350 for two people (that’s if you won’t be ordering the whole fresh lobster and this price is excluding alcohol). Each dish is executed to perfection. I was so content and overly impressed with each course that I wanted to stay there the entire night.

I am so happy to have gotten the opportunist to dine at B&L and I urge you all to definitely pay them a visit – order the Bacon & Maple Old Fashioned and eat everything on the menu if you can!!

Burger & Lobster is a dining territory like no other and I am proud to say that I have experienced it for myself.

sit, eat, and relax

Till next time dear reader!

the lobsters are waiting 🙂

x

Disclosure: we dined as guests of B&L, however all views are my own.


THANK YOU SO MUCH TO BURGER & LOBSTER FOR A TOTALLY UNEXPECTED EXPERIENCE AND TO NATHAN FOR COMING WITH! IF YOU HAVEN’T BEEN, TRY IT OUT, FOR DATE NIGHT, ANNIVERSARY OR BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION. BINGE A LITTLE. SPEND A LITTLE. YOU WON’T REGRET IT!! #burgerlobsterSA

the art of artisanal coffee

Located in the CBD. With its quirky style and incredibly delicious coffee. Truth Coffee has all the makings of a fantastic coffee shop. It offers superb service and even better coffee.

I don’t know when or where I first discovered coffee but I have been drinking it for as long as I could remember. So it’s no surprise that the second I got the invite to pay Truth Coffee Roasting cafe a visit, I replied pronto.

First things first: I do not often drink my coffee with milk – I am what we call a lactose intolerant foodie. Odd isn’t it? but you will be happy to know that Truth Coffee offers both soy & almond milk alternatives.

 so good 🙌👍

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“COFFEE IN THE CUP SHOULD DELIVER ON THE PROMISE OF THE AROMAS OF FRESHLY GROUND COFFEE” – David Donde

One of my favorite things to do when I have some work to wrap up is to leave my apartment and head to a local cafe, order a bit of coffee and use their WIFI. I am very particular on how I like my coffee. I am not a snob or anything but being that my lactose intolerance has worsened over the past few years it is very important for me to enjoy my usual cuppa without adding milk at times.

What I look for when I drink coffee is a smooth taste, a rich aroma and absolutely no bitterness or graininess in the initial taste. There is only one other coffee shop in Cape Town that serves coffee the way I like it and now I have added Truth Coffee to that short list!

The question you should ask yourself after drinking a cup of coffee is whether you enjoyed it or not. Through tasting or better known as ‘cupping’, you can learn about the complexities that come with attaining a great cup of joe, and through time you will actually learn about what you prefer. Most importantly, you will learn how to assess the flavors and quality of the coffee. Cupping is a way to compare coffees and a way to develop your palette, as well as to discern between different flavors. Well how else will you know what you like if you don’t try it all?

I had my first cupping experience about two weeks ago at Truth Coffee, which included a grand tour of their coffee roasting process. They were kind enough to talk me through the ways of making exceptional coffee. The first thing that hits you when you are cupping is the aroma of the coffee, then comes the fun part- the tasting. What we are looking for here is that “mmm” moment when you take your first sip and that lingering, pleasurable aftertaste at the back of your tongue. That’s when you know you’ve hit a gold mine.

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I must admit I did rather enjoy the experience of slurping (well at least my attempt to) the different coffee blends. I am not the best slurper but practice makes perfect right?!

How do we taste?

We check for sweetness, acidity, flavor, body, and the aftertaste.

Three components to consider when assessing coffee is the aroma, flavor, and lastly the aftertaste. My two favorite roasters at Truth taught me about the value of freshly ground coffee, perfect extraction and the intricate art of coffee making.

To make good coffee you need to buy good, high quality coffee; none of that cheap stuff! If it’s made correctly then you don’t have to reach for a sugar sachet.

The quality of your beans can make or break a good cup of coffee. This one might be the most critical point of all and as part of their philosophy at Truth Coffee, they “passionately believe in quality above all else”.

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“Your coffee standard is only as good as the very worst worst cup that you serve!” – David Donde

Cape Town has an amazing coffee culture that is growing by leaps and bounds. This is where I truly fell in love with coffee.

When I asked founder of the Truth Empire (as I call it), David Donde what makes his brand so special. He told me about how philosophically driven they are and that they have a belief system that they stand by, one which has no room for mediocrity and constantly challenges itself.

If there’s one thing that blew me away more than anything is the passion that David and his roasters have for coffee. You’d be surprised to know that David didn’t quite dream of being in the coffee business as a kid. He grew up on a chicken farm. That whole imagery blows my mind. Passion, hard work and continuously challenging yourself to be better – to be the best can make you one of the best in the business.

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David Donde, father…I mean founder of Truth Coffee co.
Truth Coffee Roasting is very much known for its coffee. But the question still remains. What makes a great cup of coffee?

In David Donde’s words:

There is a difference between a good cup of coffee and a great cup of coffee.

But essentially it is a combination of the science behind making a cup of coffee, the quality of your beans and the hands of the person who makes it.

What makes a good cup of coffee?  That secondary moment after you take your first sip.

What makes a really great cup of coffee is that long lingering & pleasurable aftertaste. 

A lot of fundamentals go into making coffee, but the tasting process is part of the quality control of the coffee. You can get over 1000 flavor notes in one single cup.

From the sourcing of the beans, to the roasting, the grinding, the blending and the tasting; David Donde is at the heart of it all. All these processes have an effect on the character of the coffee and the end result which ends up in your cup. With the help from his team he has managed to make Truth Coffee  one of the top coffee shops in Cape Town. No, scratch that in the world!

It isn’t enough to salute Truth Coffee for their proficiently in producing something so profound and yet so satisfying to many people: the art of making brilliant coffee that delivers on its promise… Its strength is in its simplicity and the relationship that is set up between roaster and barista.

Coffee is personal but only a few cafes are able to provide honest coffee. Honest in the sense that it delivers on its authenticity, quality and taste.

What can you expect from your Truth Coffee visit? Really good coffee and an experience to go with it. It has a really great ambiance, super cool interiors, a large vintage roaster which is responsible for that great coffee you’ll be drinking and I mean by the time you get your coffee you’d have taken a couple of selfies by then.

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And after my experience at Truth I can never ever go back to my old ways. I can’t keep drinking average coffee and accepting the standards of mediocrity. I keep going back to that day and thinking about the aroma of those freshly roasted beans. I wish I lived much closer to where they are situated.

We are completely obsessed with the vibe at Truth especially the architecture. This is definitely a  place to go for coffee. With their authentic philosophy and their slightly eccentric interior, it all comes together to create a chilled environment to meet up with friends and have brunch with the family.

I’ll definitely be heading there again because that coffee was damn good and the house salad was something else!! I highly recommend this cafe!

New Coffee Bags and tamper from top front

Also, FYI: Customers can simply pop in and request for a tour and cupping experience or book in advance, which I recommend by the way.

 http://www.truthcoffee.com| 36 Buitenkant St, Cape Town | Wifi: Yep | Take away: most def!

Opening Hours: Mon- Fri 7:30am – 6pm

                                Saturday 8:30am – 6pm and

                                Sunday 8am -2pm

A huge thanks to the entire team at Truth for the exceptional service and Luxury Brands PR agency for making it all possible. Here is to never drinking bad coffee ever again!


DISCLOSURE: I was hosted as a guest of Truth Coffee and treated to a memorable experience and a light lunch. However, the views are my own.

Michaelis Silent Auction 2015

Bonjour, DenudedArt Readers.

It’s Wednesday and most of y’all are probably busy busy busy and wishing it could just be the weekend already.  So I’ll be brief.

The graduating class of the Michaelis School of Fine Art (UCT) are holding their annual silent auction tomorrow! The official auction coincides with the August edition of ‘First Thursdays’ (Whoop Whoop) and will be held  at the Jan Royce Gallery in Cape Town.

Bids on works start from as low as R50 (what a bargain!), and so the auction is a great way for visitors to purchase art at well below normal gallery prices.

Funds raised by the auction will ultimately help showcase the work of 50+ graduating students to thousands of local and international visitors. The physical auction will be followed by an online auction for works that could not be exhibited at the venue due to limited space. Details of the online auction will be revealed at the official event. 

In appreciation for the use of the venue, a percentage of the proceeds will also be donated to the Jan Royce Foundation for up-and-coming local artists.

Jan Royce Gallery is situated on  64 Church Street, Cape Town. It is a space that houses amazing art pieces and is smack in the middle of what I would call the heart of the CBD.

Arguably one of the best galleries in Cape Town, Jan Royce is a true gem located in the central hub of art galleries in Church Street. The interior features white walls and enough lighting (creating a warm vibrant atmosphere) for viewers to enjoy the space and the artworks on display.

The interior is striking and there is ample space for you to walk around and admire the art! It’s simple and edgy I’d say.

If it’s a cool vibe and an awesome time you’re looking for, best you attend  First Thursdays tomorrow evening.

Bring your friends, your warm jackets and some change to purchase the artworks.

Tip: it’s going to be buzzing with art fanatics, so be prepared to loose your friends, once or twice, in the crowd! However it’s a great way to make new friends and to engage with the art.

Stop by the gallery and Come support the fund raising for the Michaelis Graduation Show 2015.
Young local talent deserves our support!
See you at First Thursdays  tomorrow!
6pm – 9pm at Jan Royce Gallery, 64 Church Street, Cape Town.
Entrance is free!
The evening alone is sure to inspire you.
For further information, queries, or to donate artwork please contact:  Auction Coordinator Michelle Aucamp.
Email: michaelis.silauc15@gmail.com
Cell: 073 308 9096
♥ Lee