I’m kinda in two minds about telling you guys about this spot… you see, it’s one of those little gems which you actually just want to keep as a secret so it doesn’t get too crowded. But then again, it’s so damn awesome, it would be soooo wrong of me not to share the love.
The Dog’s Bollocks is a no-frills-no-fuss burger joint in Roodehek St – nr 6, Gardens. If you’re going “Huh, where the hell is that?” It’s a few streets up from Roeland St, between Buitenkant & Hope St. So an easy 2min walk from mine. Sweet.
Here owner, Nigel, serves up some of the meatiest, tastiest, juiciest burgers in town (and apparently some nachos as well – but the burgers are where it’s at). He operates from what looks like a little garage and is only open Mon – Sat from 5pm to 10pm, or until he runs out of stock really. So get there early folks! For example we got there just after 7:30pm on a Wed eve and we luckily got the last 2 burgers.
The burger options start from a plain one for R40, to a basic cheese and then jumps into some more interesting waters with things like: Pepperberry blue, Chilli Chocolate Molé, Old School Mega Slider, Prego Burger and Jalepéno Cheese (all at R55).
The kitchen is small, but well equipped. And I loved the open plan vibe so you can watch Nigel do his thing from your little lawn furniture chair, as you drool with anticipation.
For R50 you get your own 1.5 liter tube. Your options are: Dry red, a lighter dry red and a dry white. There you go. It’s as simple as that. I’m happy to say that I tried the dry white and it was quite pleasant. To me it just added to the cool, unpretentious feel of the place.
Seeing as this is a one man show, the food does take a bit of time. But trust me, it’s well worth the wait and you’re gonna want to linger around there as long as you can in any case. The place really sucks you in. After much excitement, our burgers were finally ready. Check it out:
As you’ll see, here you don’t get cutlery or plates. Your burger is wrapped in some paper and the rest is totally up to you.
It’s quite a messy challenge, but so incredibly delicious you don’t even care about the sauce all over your face and running down your arms. My top tips however (mostly for the girls out there cause I know you manne can handle anything):
- If you have long hair – bring a hairband and tie it up. Trust me on this one.
- Come hungry… like “I could eat a cow” hungry.
- Take enough serviettes – they will be your best friend.
- Do some jaw loosening exercises from about 1 week prior.
For it’s total uniqueness, fun & relaxed feel and tasty fair, my Miss K Kiss-o-Meter rating for the Dog’s Bollocks would be a top score of:
So go do some exploring in the little side streets of Gardens and check it out for yourselves. I’m sure you’ll fall in love just like I did.