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If I ever had to choose a last meal, I’d probably enter the afterlife hungry because I just wouldn’t be able to decide between my mom’s spaghetti bolognaise and a big, juicy burger and fries. If I was given a Gibson’s burger, however, the choice might be much easier to make.

So, for my birthday I decided to take the matter to the V&A for a beef burger fix (her being as partial to one as I am). With over 50 delectable variations on offer, it was quite a struggle to choose. But, after changing my mind about five times, I opted for The Mex-Tex (cheddar, jalapeños, guacamole, tomato salsa, and sour cream topped with nacho chips) and my mom The Governer, a classic cheese burger. The chefs recommend you go for medium-rare and I agree. Both burgers were succulent, flavoursome and well put together. The condiments and sides complemented the meat perfectly.

All burgers are available in small (150g) and regular (200g) and come with potato fries, sweet potato fries or half and half. There’s also a wide selection of chicken, pork and vegetarian burgers, as well as salad and banting burgers. Three vegan options (served with homemade vegan buns) have recently been added to the menu: cauliflower and hemp burger, smokey black bean burger, and falafel burger.

We enjoyed our meal with a bottle of the house pinot noir – available only at Gibson’s and its sister restaurants Belthazar’s and Balducci’s – but there are also more than 200 shakes available, one more sinful than the next.

And, as we discovered after we placed our order, Mondays are buy-two-get-one-free. Score! (My dad was more than happy for his takeaway later that day.)

Gibson’s Gourmet Burgers and Ribs | 087 357 3465 |

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