It’s safe to say I like food. Whether I’m a ‘foodie’ or not is up for debate, but I like food – I co-run this blog for goodness sake. The one food type I very seldom order or flock to, is burgers. Perhaps I’m the last person who should be reviewing Cape Town’s new burger joint then…
Inside & You’re Out (IYO) burgers opened in Bree Street to immediate acclaim. Unique in their ordering setup, and proudly stating their commitment to sustainable cooking, their offering is a breath of fresh air. Owners Jonah Lewis and Jean Marc Lenferna follow four immediate principles: delicious food, local community, environmental impact and ethical accessibility. Essentially, they’re encouraging you to think about food differently.
Although the Bree Street shop is freshly unwrapped, Jonah and Jean Marc have been running IYO Burgers for the last year and a half at both the Oranjezicht City Market and First Thursdays. Their specialty is the most important part: the patty. Each patty is filled with artisan cheeses and other gourmet ingredients (instead of on top). The duo choose to only do business with local suppliers, with a focus on reducing environmental impact and using ethical products wherever possible.
Choose from a varied selection of interesting small bites and burger variations (there ain’t no room for tradition here). That aside, I went for the most basic and traditional of the lot – The Quick Dip without the bun (R58). It’s ginormous – I had lunch and dinner the day thereafter. Bernard went for an Oriental twist and tucked into the Umami BBQ, a cheddar beef patty topped with pickled cabbage, toasted sesame seeds and peanuts, coriander, hoisin, BBQ sauce, miso mayo and a yuzu dressing (R82). Exotic, for sure.
We stayed true to form and washed our meal back with a few craft beers (a decent wine and beer menu, to be sure). My burger was tasty, with crispy sprouts piled high, but the sweet potato fries were possibly the best I’ve had. Alternatively, choose from curly fries or a salad if you’re not the sweet potato type, and all burgers can be ordered bunless if you’re worried about the extra carbs.
For burger lovers, IYO is an absolute must-visit. The simple decor, eclectic mix of ingredients, great beer list and hospitable staff make this a total win. It even caters to vegans! I love the mentality behind this new establishment, and support anything that promotes ethical farming (and eating). Good luck guys.