I get confused. Sometimes horribly confused. Such as the time I ordered a Cafe Breakfast at Mario’s and was presented with a plate that looked nothing like the high cholesterol extravaganza that East Head Cafe does so well. But it was only when I asked where Mario’s breakfast sausage was that I realised that it was the Mario’s Breakfast I should have been eating. Similarly for some reason or other I had decided that Cruise Cafe and East Head were sharing the same burger recipe and it was only after ordering them on consecutive days that I came to the conclusion that I was quite wrong. And I might be quite wrong in giving Cruise Cafe the nod for Knysna’s best burger. It was one of the two but two things clinched it. The one is the fact that the East Head burger is crumbly rather than firm. Whilst I cant really be certain I think I prefer my burger to hold together and I think I will have to return to the Heads to put that theory to the test. The other reason and the one that I believe is more important in these difficult days, is that the Cruise Burger is marginally cheaper.
Lunar Cafe serves an interesting burger in a homemade bun. It comes in a professional looking paper wrap which you munch at the way a burger is supposed to be eaten, hands on. There is a tasty sauce, which if I remember is mushroom based and that sneaks out of the corner of the wrap and can become a problem if not dealt with promptly and efficiently.
We did the Sirocco burger again and it was more burger like this time. The seasoning used in the patty is interesting and tasty but the chef has a problem gauging what is medium and what is not. My suspicion is that the patties are frozen before going into the pan. Whatever it is, besides both having the taste, the first burger looked nothing like the subsequent follow up. So much so we even tried the chicken burger to see if that is what I had eaten on the first bite.
But no, that was a merely a humble chicken breast in a bun and I question whether the original burger I had was not cooked in a microwave. It still had the straight up and down sides from what I suspect was a patty mould and was pale in complexion. Whereas the latest version was grilled but still red inside which the wife baulked at.
Cruise Cafe – Serve a substantially good burger with skinny chips
East Head Cafe – My other choice
Ile de pain – Suspect this has to be the biggest and most expensive. It comes draped in their distinctive tomato and onion sauce.
Bosun’s – Has an interesting flavour. Suspect it is primed with a little too much Worcester sauce and I am not sure whether it does the job or not
The Bell – Used to like the Bell Burger but the last one I had was cold and I doubt the patty is homemade. Too much binding, too rubbery.
Sirocco – Great view and a tasty burger. Jono at eight years old reckons it tops his list but for me it had straight up and down sides and it was an odd consistency. Not crumbly and certainly not grainy and firm
Falcon Creek Spur – Claims to be the best but have never put it to the test
I prepare my burgers with milk soaked bread, lashings of oyster and Thai mushroom soy sauce, tomato puree and sugar to taste. Would be most interested to find out what goes into everyone elses as well as any recomedatiuons that need tryinmg out. Olde’s for example.
Think that will be the next one I go for.