We may no longer be in the era of gastropubs and comfort food joints, but Joburg restaurateurs still excel at putting out hamburgers. The Countess, a steampunk meets American smokehouse-style eatery, is a particularly great place to visit for well-sized, super-tasty, wonderfully juicy burgers.
Tucked away in 27 Boxes in the eclectic suburb of Melville, you can trust me when I say that their their Burgers are well worth popping in for! You can expect everything from a flavourful creamy mushroom veggie burger, to a baguette loaded with cold-sliced brisket.
Another member of the team, Shawn, and I were lucky enough to attend the pre-launch of The Countess’s tantalising new burger menu over the weekend, and we can’t wait to share all the juicy information with you.
Gregg Abell, owner of the restaurant, welcomed everyone inside with open arms and copious amounts of Jack Black beer and soon enough we were tucking into some serious burgers, dressed up with all kinds of tasty, wonderful things.
We sampled all eight components of the new burger special menu – three beef, one veggie, one chicken, one rib, one bone marrow and one brisket – and you can bet that each bun boasted its own unique combination of flavours.
For me, the star of the show was the southern-fried chicken burger, drenched in “real” maple syrup, served with homemade tomato sauce on a potato rosti waffle bun. However, I must admit that the bacon and blue cheese beef burger was a close second!
Shawn, on the other hand, particularly enjoyed the steaming hot jalapeno beef burger (be assured it isn’t for the faint-hearted). He also reckoned that the sticky rib burger was in fact one of the best rib burgers he’s tasted – and you can trust that he’s a burger connoisseur of note.
When I say these burgers are gigantic, I mean it – and The Countess doesn’t compromise quality for quantity. All meats used are ethically sourced and of superior quality. The toppings are all fresh and flavourful, and overall the burgers are artfully presented, as is everything at this wonderful spot.
We’re certain that things are going to get pretty busy (I mean, just look at these glorious burgers!), so booking a table is highly recommended. Oh, and be sure to arrive hungry. Very hungry.
PS: Follow The Countess on Facebook to stay up-to-date with all the details on this fabulous new special.
by Candice May