Noble Savage (he said):
Burger hunting is a tricky sport indeed. Everyone seems to have the “best burger” in town: Sometimes it works, other times not so much. The thing is that most of these burger joints offer mainly burgers, with a handful of other options. So what to do when I’m in the mood for burgers and the wife wants Asian? Very simple, go to Cowfish!
We’ve heard of Cowfish, and that it’s worth checking out, but didn’t know anything else. So after a tough day DIY-ing, lunch was an absolute must. After the usual hour of deciding where to go, we couldn’t decide where to go. Then Cowfish came up. I think we were both to hangry to debate further, so I punched the address into the GPS, and off we went.
As it turns out, we knew exactly where Cowfish is – the previous premises of Boston Bistro. We saw a few months back that they closed and that major renovation was going on, but sort of forgot about it. I’m not quite sure when they opened, as we haven’t been in the area for some time.
The inside is fresh and funky – my favourite was the Delicious Monster prints on the side wall.
It’s nice and light, with the kitchen, sushi kitchen, and bar all open plans. There’s seating on the sidewalk as well, which gives Cowfish an almost continental European feel. We chose to sit inside, because outside = sun.
The bar menu covers the bases with cocktails and such, and the wine selection is pretty impressive. Take note that I’m impressed by any wine list that has the Nederburg Motorcycle Marvel, so my opinion might be compromised. It took all my will power not to order a bottle (this was facilitated by the fact that payday is a loooong way off), and opted for a glass of Pinotage instead.
We started with a Dim Sum platter – someone at the table wanted the platter as mains, but luckily our waiter Keith suggested we share it as a starter. The platter is made up three x three pieces of each Dim Sum on offer. Ours was the lamb pot stickers, prawn and cream cheese, and chicken coriander & cashew nuts. I can honestly not say which one was my favourite, as they were all heavenly!
Then it was time for my burger. They have a nice selection of different burgers, and I decided on the Navy Marine. This may sound a bit strange, but I see this as a proper hybrid: beef patty topped with prawns! Also in the mix is a homemade white BBQ sauce (I HATE regular BBQ sauce, mainly because of the immediate onset of heartburn), and a spicy-mayo sauce on top. Everything worked so well together.
To quote Ted Mosby: “It’s like an angel from heaven landed in the kitchen of McClaren’s Cowfish… where the chef killed it and ran it through the meat grinder.” (HIMYM S04E02 – The Best Burger in New York)
Also on the menu are some awesome-looking sushi platters, as well as a few Chinese inspired dishes. But my pick will be the hybrid burger. It ticks all of my very specific boxes (click here), and is simply delicious. It might even be the best burger in Pretoria.
Boozy Foodie (she said):
Yes, it was my idea! Mine! (I am not allowed to use emoticons so I will use exclamation marks!!).
All jokes and ego trips aside – like NS said, this is the ideal restaurant for those days when flipping a coin about what to have for lunch/dinner, isn’t enough. It was almost too difficult to choose because I am ALWAYS craving sushi/dim sum and a good burger.
So it is best to chill with a drink while perusing the menu.
The drinks menu is quite impressive – cocktails, wine, beer, hot beverages – something for everyone.
So, you saw the dim sum above – looks pretty delicious huh? It was SO good! And the ideal cure for my hangry attack.
I decided to go for something ‘lighter’ as mains. The “Savage Garden” burger grabbed my attention. A chickpea falafel and veg patty (spotted some corn in there as well), with mushrooms, red onion and that delicious white BBQ sauce.
Served on a toasted bun – a MUST for burgers, otherwise it becomes a soggy mess! So even more bonus points there – and it was so tasty!
And of course we went all ‘piggy’ and order the cheese fries. Yes. Behold.
By the time we were done we could just grunt: “Bill please”.
Cowfish is a real find, and being the new kid on the block (opened end June 2017) it wasn’t too busy – but then again, we went for ‘lunch’ at around 15.00. The decor is beautiful and stylish and the service very quick and efficient. Lots of open space, where you can actually see your food being prepared – just check out this sushi station:
Definitely a spot to keen an eye on!