Wednesday, April 15, 2015

New Restaurant on Bree Street: IYO Burgers

Last night I was invited to the launch of a brand new burger bar on Bree Street (yet another cool and quirky addition to the #Breestreet food scene), which boasts locally sourced organic ingredients. 
They cook with coconut oil, have herb planters in the centre of their tables and they use recycled glasses and tins. Even their takeaway boxes are biodegradable and, if you return the used boxes to the eatery, they will gladly dispose of them in the correct way, for you. 

But the first question on everyone's lips was: "What does IYO stand for?" It's an acronym for their full name: Inside & You're Out. The entrance to the restaurant is right next to La Parada. You enter through two large red doors, up a stairwell and straight into a environmentally-friendly designed restaurant space.

The entrance to IYO Burgers on Bree Street
IYO burgers on Bree Street
The ordering system, once you get the hang of it, is quite simple. You grab a pencil (made with recycled paper) and a menu card and tick off the orders you'd like to place. You hand these in at the kitchen and then await the arrival of a variety of starters, burgers, desserts and drinks.

They have a cool wine selection too, with options like Waverley Hills Rosé and SMV (both organic), Quando Mourvèdre Rosé, wines from Hartenberg's Alchemy Range and Miss Molly Bubbly – all of which I love! They also have four craft beers on tap. I drank the Woodstock IPA last night and it was awesome!

Woodtsock IPA at IYO Burgers


Herb planters sent in the tables at IYO burgers

The space at IYO Burgers
The food philosophy is built on four pillars:Delicious Food, Local Community, Enviro-Impact and Ethical Accessibility. And I can attest to all of these principals, based on the delicious meals I ate last night.



But I bet you're all wondering what I ate last night, so let me give you a taste...
For starters my husband and I shared the pulled pork served with gluten-free crumpets and a whisky-honey sauce and the pork belly cubes. Everyone at the table actually had a taste of my pork crumpets and decided they were the bomb! I would go back just to eat multiple portions of this starter!

pulled pork on gluten-free crumpets at IYO burgers


Pork belly cubes at IYO burgers
Options for mains consist of burgers. There is a vegan burger and a vegetarian burger among the other beef, pork and chicken burgers. I chose the Whisky Braai-Q burger sans the cheese and I wnet bunless too. Now, most burger places that offer a bunless or naked burger in Cape Town present you with a patty and some a few scatterings of lettuce or rocket. Here, the serve bunless up in style: sprouts, rocket, lettuce... it was delicious!! And, even though my hubby had the same burger bun-and-all, he actually preferred my combo. I got sweet-potato chips on the side, which which excellent and overall, the meal was quite filling.


bunless burger and sweet-potato fries at IYO burgers
For pudding I went with the vegan cheesecake! Vegans out there can do a happy dance: this cake is so goooooood! A little too sweet to finish the whole slice on my own, but really yum! The flavours will change up regularly. My cheesecake contained pomegranates and radish – an interesting combination, which created this vibrant colour!

vegan cheesecake at IYO burgers

Me and Seth at the IYO Burgers entrance on Bree Street

The restaurant is open for lunch 12-3pm and dinner 5-10pm. They are planning on getting Wi-Fi for the worker bees to make the most of this setting

For more info on IYO burgers, visit http://iyoburgers.co.za/

2 comments:

Seth Shezi said...

awesome article!

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