Brooklyn Brothers, Bedfordview
10:00 – 21:00 Mon to Thurs
10:00 – 22:00 Fri
08:30 – 22:00 Sat
08:30 – 20:30 Sun
Price Range (p/p)
Medium | R100 - R300
If you’re up for over the top burgers, ribs, and chicken wings then Brooklyn Brothers is your go-to in Bedfordview.
Located in Bedford centre which is a stone’s throw from Eastgate Mall, this burger joint is the only halaal sit-down restaurant in the centre. It’s a fairly upmarket centre which also has a sit-down Seattle Coffee inside. Not halaal but yay for great coffee!
But back to the point, Brooklyn Brothers is a hip urban diner in Johannesburg, along the likes of Burgerrack, but perhaps a bit more polished. There are only 2 branches, one here which is certified halaal, and the other in Cornubia, KZN, which is not. We initially sat in the outside section which is undercover but the lighting was bad (blogger issues) so we moved inside so I could take better pics.
We had a super friendly waitress who was very attentive and made sure Taufeeq first had some crayons and a colouring in page. We ordered a kids mac n cheese for him, and a Mobster Burger with mushroom sauce and caramelised red onion, loaded parmesan fries and 12 chicken wings for us.
The burger bun was super soft and burger itself very tasty. The patty did not taste like cardboard and Zulfi happily polished this off. The parmesan fries I would definitely order again. The fries were just the right amount of crispy outside and soft inside and the topping not too overdone.
The wings come in a choice of 18 flavours which can leave you completely confused. I decided to try something different and ordered half the wings in Butter chicken flavour and the other half in the Hot BBQ Sizzling level (There are 5 levels starting with Smiling and ending with Suicidal). Mine was level 2 and I still found it too hot tasting mostly heat. I asked for a sweeter dipping sauce to temper the heat. I couldn’t decide which so they brought me a small taster of a few which I thought was great customer service. I loved the Asian Zing with its zesty ginger kick the best. The Butter Chicken wings was a miss for me and I didn’t enjoy this flavour. You’re only allowed to split your flavour choices if you order 12 or 20 wings. They also have the wings boneless if you’re that way inclined, I’m not. And I spotted Cauli wings as a meat-free alternative. I tasted Taufeeq’s mac n cheese and while it was a good portion it could have used more flavour. Although, for Taufeeq it was the best thing ever! Why do kids like plain food???
They offer 2 or 3 vegetarian options but it really is a meat-eaters dream. There’s ribs, rump and lamb chops, sloppy joes, nachos and a Colossal burger that includes 3 beef patties. Old school shakes are about R45, R30 for kids, but the crazy shakes average a whopping R75! Waffles look very tempting but they will keep for another trip.
Burgers and chips don’t come together. You order your burger, average R75 and fries start at R22. I like that they also have Zucchini and Sweet Potato fries as an option. Our bill came to R403 which is not a cheap meal out. Very little is nowadays. But I liked the vibe and service and will go again. Oh, and the coffee was excellent!