Hudson’s, The Burger Joint – My Thoughts…

I can’t remember the last time I ate a burger… (prior to last night!), which is strange because I actually really really like them. They just don’t tend to be something I find myself ordering when eating out. Maybe it’s because I hate eating them with a knife and fork…but at the same time I feel extremely self-conscious of eating them with my hands. Strange, I know. It’s the same with pizza, although I know for a fact that my pizza consumption most certainly outweighs that of any burger. I have a feeling that this might change after last night.

I ate at Hudson’s,The Burger Joint for the first time. Yes, you heard right- first time! For me, It’s been one of those places that you always see and think, ‘I must go there sometime’ –but never actually do. I loved it for the fact that it was the perfect atmosphere for the type of occasion- a relaxed dinner between friends who hadn’t seen each other in absolute ages…we were so busy talking and catching up that it didn’t really bother us that the service was a bit slow. The models waitresses seemed pretty indolent towards their customers- almost a complete contrast to the upbeat and lively energy of the place. The music was so loud that even after asking them to turn it down (which, it turns out, the manager doesn’t do, on principle), it was difficult to hear ourselves speak. All I’m saying is- don’t go there on a first date. Nothing worse than those awkward, ‘Sorry, what was that?’… ‘Sorry, say that again?’…’You said who?’

Anyway, back to the food. All three of us ordered burgers. Mine was called “the Game” and was comprised of an ostrich meat patty with goat’s cheese, cranberry relish and rocket. I asked for some sweet potato crisps on the side (at an extra R14- all sides are extra). The burger was delicious and I loved the flavour combinations… goat’s cheese and I are involved in a rather passionate love affair at the moment. I cannot get enough of the stuff! The actual patty itself was rather small for the price of the burger (R55) and I thought on the whole, Hudson’s definitely doesn’t offer value for money. Yes, the food is nice… but then again homemade burgers can be amazing too and are dead easy to make! I was also slightly put off by the state of the toilet. Firstly, there’s only one and I just felt it was rather dirty and grungy for somewhere that charges nearly R100 for a burger. Just saying.

All in all though, it was a good evening. My friend Nicci and I ended up sharing a chocolate brownie milkshake for dessert that was huge! Again, it took us forever to decide which one to go for as their entire list of shakes is all too tempting- think peanut butter, Bar One, Horlicks and honey; chocolate and mint etc.

I don’t know if Hudson’s will be a regular feature on my list of local restaurants, but it definitely was the right place for a girly catch up and decent burger. There could be worse places to spend a Monday evening, right?

Find them at:
69a Kloof Street, Gardens
Tel: 021 4265974



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