I had the incredible opportunity to pay a visit to the famous Gibson’s at the V&A waterfront on Saturday night. I had been noticing their posts on social media for quite some time and each time they posted a picture of one of their mouthwatering burgers or milkshakes I honestly started salivating! That’s how good they looked!
But as we all know, Instagram doesn’t always portray reality, so I decided to go and try it out for myself. The experience when I walked into the restaurant was not what I was expecting at all! I had envisioned the decor and feel of the place to represent an American diner, with vinyl chairs and plastic table cloths (which I’m not much of a fan of by the way). But as I walked in I was blown away by the sleek, sophisticated decor; the filament bulbs hanging from the ceiling, the geometric mirrors and the slick minimalist furniture. I was happily impressed! The decor and feel of a place directly effects the enjoyment of my experience there, so I knew we were off to a good start.
The next thing to mention was the impeccable service. As we arrived we were taken to our table and immediately a waitress came along to tend to our needs. This, unfortunately, is not a common thing at most restaurants in South Africa and it can completely ruin your evening when you have been sitting at a table for a good 15 minutes before someone slowly ambles over to ask what you would like. Our waitress was friendly, attentive, engaging and was always close by when we needed her. Another big tick in my books!
Now lets get onto the most important part of the evening…THE FOOD. If you are an indecisive person then I would highly recommend reviewing the menu a few days before as it can be slightly overwhelming. They have close to 50 different burgers to choose from which all look absolutely mouth watering!! Our poor waitress kept coming back for our orders and I think it took nearly 20 minutes for us to finally make up our minds. One of the things I really appreciated, which I have never experienced at any other burger place before, was the care and detail they go into to make sure you get EXACTLY what you want.
“How would you like your burger cooked?, would you like raw or caramelized onions?, would you like hand cut fries; sweet potato fries; a baked potato or a side salad? would you like half and half of normal chips and sweet potato chips?”
Unfortunately we were far too stuffed after our burgers to order a milkshake, but I suggest you do! They have 120 different milkshakes to choose from and they look like works of art rather than that standard milkshake you order at your local fast food joint.
I’ll have to go again to try one out for myself!