If you’d like to add your first-hand opinion to the claim of ‘Cape Town’s best burger’, then Clarke’s should be top of your opinion list. Think cheesy, moist and delicious. Served on a brioche bun with fries, it’s no place for the calorie (or carb) conscious.
Clarke’s is similarly renowned for their all day breakfasts, especially the French toast. Soaked in egg and cream, it’s served with bacon, warm apples and oozing nutella (yes, this thing is real). The varied menu includes gourmet sandwiches such as Pulled Pork and Hail Pizza Sandwich (open baked with slow cooked ragout topped with mozzarella and sausage). Wash it back with a cold craft beer or chilled glass of wine. Unlike most places, you can order beer by the quart, a popular choice among the skaters who grace Clarke’s with their presence. Not up for beer or wine? The cocktail menu is pretty sharp too. Nothing like a good Bloody Mary to cure you of last night’s hangover and set you in good stead for the night ahead.
Clarke’s caters for a very specific clientele: the skater, the hipster, the artist. But if you walk in and don’t happen to be tattooed, wearing a peak cap or sporting circular shades, you’ll fit in too. Sit outside with views of Bree Street, basking in the summer sun, or relax indoors with an interior airily decorated with plants that burst from the window sill. Every First Thursday, when the CBD’s streets are abustle with people congregating after work, Clarke’s hosts their own late night extravaganza: live music in The Pit next door. A venue come skate park, it’s a local hive of people sharing in the joys of our culture.
Clarke’s has ample options for vegetarians (Veggie Sloppy Joe) and even those watching their calorie intake (Chickpea & Greens Salad). A day started at Clarke’s diner is certainly a good one, and a day ended there is even better.
(Note: If you don’t like your burger alive and kicking, order it well done. If you like your burger dead, order it well well done).
Photographs Bernard Myburgh; Words Lisa Wallace