When your social media is completely blowing up about a new burger joint in Cape Town you know you’ve just gotta drop everything and head there to test them out for yourself, and that’s exactly what the Nifty team did last Wednesday afternoon for lunch. The abbreviation IYO stands for Inside & You’re Out, their ingredients are all locally sourced, the beef is 100% grass fed and organic. They’re all about delicious food, first and foremost, but also local community, watching their environmental impact and ethical accessibility.
You may have tasted their burgers before as they have a stand at the Oranjezicht market every Saturday which is where they first launched, the actual restaurant opened less than 2 weeks ago and it’s been busy ever since. They’re situated in the coolest part of town, Bree Street, we got there at 12 to try and skip the lunch rush, it was pretty quiet when we arrived, and within 15 minutes it was complete packed.
Green juice, Vanilla Bean, Berry Nice and Power Choc shakes
They have a very different ordering system, it’s a do-it-yourself kinda thing, you pick up your own menu, as well as an ordering sheet and pencil (feels like Putt-Putt), complete the form with what you would like to eat and drink, then hand it in and pay at the front. For a brand spanking new business we were expecting some growing pains in terms of having to wait for our food, but our drinks literally arrived within 5 minutes of ordering and the burgers arrived 5 minutes after that – we were beyond impressed!
Now to get to the menu, for drinks Talya started with a green juice (unfortunately none of the shakes seemed to be vegan as they all have yoghurt in them – Jonah the co-owner however said there was one typo on the menu and that the Berry Nice shake is actually vegan and doesn’t contain yoghurt) Le’Chelle had the Vanilla Bean with organic vanilla bean, maca, banana, yoghurt, cashews and cinnamon, Prince had the Berry Nice with mixed berries, banana, apple and goji berries, whilst Lucas went for the Power Choc which has Wazooges superfood protein mix, raw cacao, cacao nibs, banana, dates, yoghurt and walnuts. In terms of their menu it’s just the right size, not too small or too big to actually be able to make a decision, they have wine by the glass for R30, beer, coffee and some super healthy options, they’ve also started stocking Skinny Juice (so good), wheatgrass shots, coconut water as well as kombucha.
Okay and now onto the real reason we were there – the burgers, we have to admit we’re quite a bunch of burger snobs, our Cape Town favourites are Royale and Hudsons, but they’ve both been around for a while and there is nothing better than going somewhere new that we would rate as highly as those two burger institutions. There are 9 burgers to choose from, one being a vegan option and one vegetarian option (has goats cheese) – in terms of sides you can choose between their original curly fries, sweet potato fries, kale chips (OMG a first! +R10) or a seasonal salad, you can also choose if you would like your burger to come with a bun, or bunless. None of us were feeling particularly Noakesy, so all went for the with-the-bun option, but the bunless versions which come in a bowl with some greens looked really good for next time, and all the banters/gluten free peeps out there.
Talya & Lucas both ordered the Health Nut – the vegan option – which was curried lentil, aubergine, flax seed and sweet potato patty filled with cashew nuts and topped with baby spinach, hummus, avocado, sproats, wild rocket and vegan-cashew mayo, this one defs gets a big thumbs up, think it would have been even better as a bunless version, super healthy and super delicious. Prince ordered the Umami BBQ with boerenkass cheddar beef patty, topped with pickled cabbage, toasted sesame seeds and prints, coriander, poison BBQ sauce, wasabi mayo and an yusu dressing, he absolutely loved this burger. Le’Chelle went for the Whiskey Braai-BQ, a smoked cheddar beef patty topped with organic bacon, avocado, wild rocket and their famous whiskey Braai-BQ sauce, her review ‘it sounds like a heck of a lot but really it’s got all the basics of a great burger, which made it the obvious choice! The cheese in the center was a welcomed surprise, and another amazing surprise was their sweet potato fries!’
Now all about their sweet potato fries, we’re going to go and say that we rate them the absolute best in Cape Town, obviously we need to go back a few times, just to check if they’re always this good, but think super crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside.. The curly fries are good, but the sweet potato fries are the real deal.
For dessert we shared two ‘cheesecakes’ – the one was a chocolate delight which was just demolished over the sounds of ‘MMMMM’ the other was a raw vegan pomegranate cheesecake, which to be honest we didn’t love, but then again we live at Raw & Roxy who make the best raw treats in Cape Town, so it’s quite some competition.
From the ahmazing central location, to great decor, think herbs growing in the middle of your table, so much plant life, the cool order forms, quick service and delicious burgers, we’ll definitely be going back soon, and often!
The two cheesecake options