I really think that there’s been a gap in the market for a NYC “Shake Shack” burger bar. Something casual, unpretentious, not expensive, with really really good burgers. Now don’t judge me. I don’t eat red meat ordinarily, but I’ll happily take a bite of a burger just to give it a taste. My hubby is a carnivore in the true sense of the word- he needs to have meat at every meal else he’s not full. He’s definitely a burger connoisseur, and he rates Rocomama’s burger as the best he’s had in a while.
This casual diner style eatery offers “smashburgers”, ribs and wings- that’s it. The “smashburger” concept originated in the US and refers to the process of smashing a ball of ground beef on a hot grill to seal in the juices, rather than squeezing them out, resulting in a medium to well-done burger that is really juicy.
Rocomama’s has only been open a few months, but has already earned itself a sterling reputation- thanks to its funky, casual décor, reasonable prices and delicious food. Upon entering, you are given a form to fill in, where you can either choose from 6 smashburger options, or create your own.
We tried the “BaconCheeseGuac”, pictured above, 150 grams of smashed beef, bacon, fresh guacamole, tomato, red onion and rocomayo, R49, finished off with a small portion of shoestring fries, R10. I mean, at prices like that, there’s no need to go for processed fast food. I promise, this is WAY better than any Burger King or McDonalds.
If you prefer, the beef patty can be substituted with a Fry’s vegetarian patty- almost as good. Sadly, no chicken options just yet.
For the “make your own” option, the basic smashburger is priced at R35, with various toppings, including pickles, Italian relish, mushrooms and blue cheese dressing, costing between R3-R5 each.
Ribs come in 3 flavours, “Old Skool BBQ”, “Peri Peri” and “UncleJackBourbon”, and range in price from R49 for 1/4 kg to R199 for 1 kg, while wings are available in 5 flavours, including “MoFo F*HOT” and “Salt & Vinegar”, with your choice of Ranch or Blue Cheese Dip.
The combination of quality, great tasting ingredients, a no fuss, rock & roll vibe and a bill that won’t break the bank makes Rocomamas a must visit. Note that there is limited seating available, so takeaways are encouraged.
Open 7 days a week, 9am until late. Visit www.rocomamas.com. Address: Appletons Village, Corner Hill Street & Malibongwe Drive, Randburg. Tel: 011 791 5928.