Why I hate the Spur

The food at the Spur is revolting. There I said it. Shoot me.

by: The Food Bitch | 12 Jun 2012
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Okay readers, fans and haters, time for me to take you peeps on. You are not going to like it, but you are going to read it.

Why I hate the Spur

It seems that dissing the Spur is a sensitive topic. It is part of many South African's psyches and akin to being rude about Nelson Mandela.

A ‘no go’ area if you will… well I am going there, and taking no prisoners.

The Food

The food at the Spur is revolting. There I said it. Shoot me.

Unfortunately I am forced to go there a few times a year for kids parties and I have resolved to never eating anything in their restaurants ever again.

I will drink a beer because the only interaction they have had with it is to make it cold, which sadly sometimes they still do not get right.

I can honestly say that I have never eaten anything vaguely edible at the Spur. Everything is made with the cheapest of ingredients and cooked so badly it makes me physically ill.

The humble Spur burger

Let me dissect the most popular meal they serve - the humble burger. The last few burgers that I had in the Spur all had the exact same shameful characteristics. 

The patty was cold, dry, tasted of gas and murdered (I always ask for it medium but they don’t listen). The burger patty was clearly pre-cooked as it arrived in 2 minutes in a packed restaurant. 

Once I watched them just cook burgers ‘willy-nilly’ and allocate them to tables as the orders came in, i.e. -  not cooked to order; hence the fact that they are often tepid or just darn right freezing cold.

Spur burger sauce

Okay so now we have 1 x cold, dry burger smothered in pepper sauce that has been made with flour and water.

You can tell that because the sauce is translucent, tastes like raw cake flour and has the consistency of wood glue.

Spur chips

Can the chips save the day? Nope... they are undercooked and cold too!

I like slap chips and I like crispy chips, unfortunately Spur chips are neither. They taste like wood shavings, hence the reason that you need to drown them in that mysterious white sauce just to get them down.

Gas flavour on the meat

For those of you that are going to accuse me of ignorance please note that I worked behind a grill for 3 years and know how food at a steak house should be cooked. 

The gas flavour in their meat is owing to the fact that they do not use enough stones in the grill and simply allow the raw blue flames from the gas to cook the meat.

Even their ribs, something which they punt as one of their signature dishes, are inedible. They are too sweet, too tough and not cooked for long enough. 

If you want to taste what real ribs should taste like, follow my recipe here.

The Wine List

Seriously, who put their wine list together, SpongeBob Square Pants? It does not even have one nice bottle on it. Not One. Unless you BYO do not drink wine at the Spur, it is all rubbish.

I find it incomprehensible that people who claim to love food, defend the Spur. If you think that Spur food is nice then take it from me, you are a bad cook.

Comments  like “It is one of the most popular restaurants in South Africa, so you don’t know what you are talking about” are at best, naive.

The Spur is popular because it caters for kids and is cheap. Not for any other reason.

- The Food Bitch - Follow on Twitter @FoodBeeach

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