Posts Tagged ‘Sea Point’

Get crafty @ Craft Burger Bar

I’ve always been a fan of the humble burger. My first favourite was from the Wimpy in Milnerton in the 70s (yes, I had humble beginnings with the humble meat sandwich). I then moved town side and loved the burgers from the old Milly’s in Buitenkant Street. Since then I have enjoyed many a fine burger and plenty not so fine. In terms of takeaways; I enjoy the Sea Point Steers and avoid the yellow arches like it was the bubonic plague. Honestly I’m not that fussy, and will happily try most street vendor’s burgers, especially if I need to wash down a few beers, but I’m never loving old MacDonald’s.

Now burgers have always been considered “junk food” or “fast food”, until a few years ago when the gourmet burger suddenly became a thing. You could stuff your burger with a range of goodies like beetroot, quinoa, pomegranate seeds and any other pretentious add-on you can think of, allowing gourmet burger joints the opportunity to charge a small fortune for their fancy bun and meat patties. Oh, and now that burgers were expensive, they were suddenly cool and sexy too. Really? I don’t think so. Burgers have always been cool.

When it comes to burgers, Russel Shapiro knows a things or two. He used to own Manhattans, where the burgers were not only great but reasonably priced. He also owned On Broadway the popular dinner/theatre spot, for many years, where the lamb burgers were legendary. He has moved on from both spots and now owns the Craft Burger Bar in Sea Point, my current favourite burger place. Here, for R49 you can build your own. You get cheese and a choice of four toppings; I recommend the chilli, gherkins and pineapple for starters, after that, you’re on your own. The patty is the real deal, with high quality mince, and the buns are optional if you’re a banter (yes, it’s a word – I just made it up). They also offer chicken and veggie patties.

You can order a side of fries, which are thick and perfectly cooked, made from real potatoes and cut by real people. There is a range of salads and handcrafted burgers on the menu. Try the chili and chocolate sauce burger or the Chakalaka and guacamole. Go crazy. You can even wash them down with…yes, you guessed it – craft beer.

I’ll be building my own. Great burgers, great value and Russel is a great host.

Not on the Backyard menu

“I’m going to fuck you before the night is over.”

Backyard Grill & Lounge

Backyard Grill & Lounge

Hellavu thing to hear from a woman on a gentle summer’s evening out; especially when uttered in a strong Eastern European accent to the gay guy sitting on her other side.

What the fuck am I, chopped liver?

Now I may be in a relationship and not particularly interested in fucking the exotic temptress next to me – but I am straight and at least, technically, on the menu.

Fucking chopped liver I tell you.

Earlier she told the gay dude to feel her tits to prove they were real, he replied that tits repulsed him and he wasn’t interested – so my PIA (partner in action) told me to feel them.

Now, as tempted as I was, it’s not every day one’s significant other tells you to feel up another woman. I had to decline; my days of public fondling are over. Not PIA’s, she agreed to prove the lack of silicon in said European’s breasts – so she copped a feel.

Europa and her friend, a pre-school teacher, who we had met earlier landed up joining us at our table at the Backyard Grill & Lounge on Regent Road in Sea Point; along with gay dude and his friend, an old acquaintance. Said pre-school teacher and Europa were sucking on their Digital Berries like – well let’s just say they were sucking. Digital Berries are the latest electronic cigarettes to hit the market – some sort of fruit flavoured water filler, which, according to the teach, is perfectly safe. Now it well may be a healthier alternative to the real thing, but it clearly was not doing the job as both smokers alternated between regular cigs and their digital versions. “We just got them today” was the excuse given.

Luckily Junior was sitting in the indoor area watching TV, as the table talk got kind of steamy.

Gay dude was browsing gay dating sites on his mobile – checking out dick sizes and G-d knows what else. There was talk of shemales and whether the European woman had a dick or not and I was suddenly put off the piece of boerie that I had ordered.

Junior had no such issues, which was a slight problem as this Backyard Grill is not shy to charge; a pity as it’s a fun place to hang out, informal with an outdoor area conducive to meeting people – all types! Its not often you go to a restaurant and meet a mixed bunch of people – making it a fun evening with some interesting characters.

I like the Backyard’s relaxed setting and will return. Although I found their food tasty, it is expensive for what it is, making it slightly prohibitive to make this a regular hangout.