Burger Bistro is the closest you’ll get to authentic American-style roadhouse fare, but without all the kitsch. When owners and burger fanatics, Corné Read and Jan-Hendrik van Staden, set up shop in Pierneef Street, Villiera in 2012 we doubt they had local domination in mind. Today the duo enjoys four bustling branches and a small following of returning fans thanks to their unique and cheeky take on burgers.
For their standard burger, you’ll get a smoky, pink-centred patty (cooked to medium well) sandwiched in a classic sesame bun, and layered with tomato, onion, and their special sauce. You’ll also find some classic South African topping faves such as mushroom, monkeygland, Hawaiian and cheddar melt, but Burger Bistro stacks up equally neatly next to your average gourmet burger joint with some interesting flavour combinations.
We’re talking off-beat tries like Emmental cheese, salami, and basil pesto topping, and melted Brie with strawberry, balsamic and black pepper jam for something sweet and spicy. Aptly titled, the Marilyn Monroe. Or if you’re feeling particularly patriotic, the slow-cooked and deboned oxtail burger should hit the spot while the Naas Botha burger goes all-out with slivers of biltong and a biltong-infused sauce.
Vegans and vegetarians can get Ghandi, the spot’s vegetarian burger served with …..
Must-try burger: The standout here is their 3 Stooges topped to towering perfection with crispy fried bacon, smooth Danish feta, avo, and a dash of dressing to smooth things out