There’s a burger in town that needs a bit of press. Ask any burger-lover in Cape Town about who does the best in the city and I bet many of the answers will differ. But one burger you don’t often hear about is the Farmer Angus burger at the Vineyard Hotel, at more specifically its Garden Lounge.
The appropriately named Garden Lounge is one of four eateries at The Vineyard Hotel and it differs from the other players in Cape Town’s burger scene from a unique standpoint – the setting of a beautiful garden for you to enjoy while powering your way through the sizeable Farmer Angus burger.
Spier-based Farmer Angus takes his meat seriously so you can take your burger seriously. Great care is taken for the cows to live the best life they can. You can taste the grass-fed factor and as is always the case, the proof is in the eating. What you have here is a whopper (forget Burger King) of a guilt-free burger patty, done medium and topped with a slice of white cheddar. That, on a freshly baked, oversized bun with a few burger essentials in between, makes for a formidable burger contender to help sway a few opinions about that age-old question – who really does the best burger in Cape Town? Executive Chef Carl van Rooyen does a wickedly good burger that is a serious contender.
Although the Farmer Angus burger is deservedly worthy of extended praise, the Garden Lounge’s menu offers a lot more for varied palates. For starters, try the caprese salad and if that’s a little too veggie for you, their calamari is both lightly fried and heavy on the goodness. You have the option of cafe-style lunch classics on the menu, including a good selection of salads and toasted sandwiches to bolder main course items like the slow-roasted harissa pork belly and (Sassi green-listed) pan-fried kob.
Whether it be for afternoon tea or a lunch overlooking the mountain and gardens, be sure to incorporate the Farmer Angus burger into your Vineyard Hotel experience.