Regular readers will know that I’m a fan of the burgers at Caprice and have taken advantage of their two for one winter special quite a few times (see the full list of winter specials here). So I was pretty excited to hear that the Caprice owners had opened a burger joint in town. Hudson’s is in Kloof Street where Limno’s Bakery used to be (opposite the Lifestyle Centre). I’ve heard mixed reports, but had the opportunity to test it for myself yesterday.
Hudson’s is a small, simple place with an indoor and covered outdoor section. We elected to sit outside because it was a fine winter’s day. Inside the decor is very modern and funky, with natural and recycled woods used in various ways and enhanced with some thoughtful lighting.
The menu is uncomplicated, offering about 10 burgers including a vegetarian option made with chickpeas and lentils. All burgers come on a sourdough bun and are served either with chips or salad. The burgers also come in two sizes, 150g and 250g. I opted for the Royale (150g, R47), which is what I usually order at Caprice. It comes with bacon, cheddar, chilli and onion rings. I thought it would be a good way to compare. It was a great burger, the bun was soft and the patty had flavour. I find a lot of the ‘gourmet’ burger places in Cape Town rely too much on the sauce or topping to give flavour so the patty tastes like nothing. At Hudsons, you could have a simple cheese burger and still enjoy good flavour. The burger was different from the Caprice version, but very good. It had more chilli, which I like and it was smaller so you could easily eat it with your hands which is something the Caprice burger does not allow.
My dining partner opted for TheWorks (250g, R56) and it looked really good. Shredded lettuce, red onion, cheddar, mustard mayo, dill pickle and tomato relish. I might give it a try next time. I had the chips which were thin cut, the way I like them. However, I’m tempted to go for the salad option next time because it wasn’t the boring side salad one might expect, but rather an interesting and fresh looking salad.
There are some other menu options like salads and side orders of chili poppers (R19), etc. Also some desserts if you’re still hungry. The chocolate brownie sundae (R29) sounds delicious.
We washed the burgers down with pints of Jack Black draught (R19) which I quite enjoyed. It’s the first time I’ve had the draught and I prefer it to the bottled Jack Black. I was also pleased to see they have Brewers & Union beers on offer too.
The service started off badly, but improved. I’ve heard that the service is ropey but they are apparently aware of the problem and are addressing it.
They currently have no WiFi (see my list of venues with free WiFi in Cape Town here), but they say they are getting in the next week or so. Once they have the WiFi and have sorted out the service issues, I won’t be able to think of a reason not to eat here regularly.
In the meantime, you need to at least go and experience a good quality burger. Even Royale fans will like it.
69A Kloof St, Gardens
Tel: 021 426 5974