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Burger Bistro (Villieria)

Burger Bistro (Villieria)
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Cost
R70 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Quick meals
Food
African, Bistro fare, Burgers, South African, Steak
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R55.50

Critic's review

Alida Ryder

Food
Burger Bistro is well-known in Pretoria for offering some of the biggest, wackiest and most delicious burgers in town.

The burgers here are incredibly inventive and come with quirky names to match. Take the Miss Piggy, which comes piled high with salami, streaky bacon and fried halloumi, or the Naas Botha with its double whammy of biltong. Whether you go for a classic bacon-and-cheese or one of the more adventurous combinations, you’re in for a treat.

Every burger comes with a 200g home-made burger patty and a freshly baked bun, along with a pile of perfect chips. The rest is up to your tastebuds. Blue cheese, cherry-tomato jam and fresh basil? Yes please!

They also offer a few steak options for those patrons not in the mood for burgers.

Drinks
The milkshake offering is equally delectable and ranges from standard vanilla, chocolate and strawberry to more gourmet options like apple pie, crème brûlée and candyfloss. There are also ice-cold beers, with a few craft options available, and a mediocre selection of wines.

Ambience
This is not the kind of place you come for a classy experience. 80s rock, car memorabilia and old records as place settings set the tone, but let’s be honest, who wants to eat a burger in a stuffy environment? Roll up your sleeves and enjoy!

Service
Staff members are fast, friendly and knowledgeable about the menu.

And…
Proper burgers, ice-cold beer and 80s tunes – what more could you ask for?

(June 2017)

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  • Hennie Fisher

    Food
    The burgers here are superb without trying to be ‘gourmet’ or fiddly; they are simply what they were designed to be – great burgers, in a sizeable, manageable portion, made with good-quality products and excellent, crispy potato chips on the side. The burgers are distinguished by funky flavours such as Monkey Gland, Roquefort, Wild Thing (with Halloumi, raspberry sauce and rocket) and the Elvis Presley (with bacon and peanut butter – try it, it is tasty beyond description).

    Drinks
    The wines are super affordable and the premise here is that if one is going to make R50 profit when selling an inexpensive bottle of wine, you might as well only make R50 on a more expensive one as well. So expect bubblies such as Krone Borealis and Robertson Sparkling Pink, or still wines such as De Morgenzon Sauvignon Blanc or Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block 2013 to pair with your burger.

    Service
    Over time you get to know the faces of the waiters at a particular establishment, which is why one almost experiences a sense of homecoming when you bump into a familiar face at another branch. But there's an added bonus when you realise that your former waiter is now a floor manager. It is lovely to see people becoming empowered in this way, and that the same super-efficient, friendly and accommodating service can be found at new Burger Bistro franchises in places like Montana, Hazelwood, Centurion and (soon) Benoni.

    Ambience
    By now, everyone that has eaten at the original Burger Bistro (or any of the new franchises) will be able to recognise their interior style – with a few selected body parts of VW Beetles mounted on the walls, enamelware light fittings, open kitchens and menus on the sleeves of old LPs, the style and look is unmistakeable.

    And…
    It is always advisable to book a table, particularly over weekends, and there is always a queue of people picking up take-out orders. This is a bustling business that shows that people appreciate good quality and value for their money.

    (September 2016)

    Eat Out reviewers dine anonymously and pay for their meals in full. Click here to read our editorial policy.

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User reviews

  • I honestly love Burger Bistro expecially the Velleria one as it's a cute side walk one with a awesome vibe rad music and great ass Burges. I try hard to stick to a salad in the week but soon a Monroe or wild thing burger pops In my head and yip I'm thee with my hates having a sweet time
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  • Awesome food. Friendly and professional staff. Gr8 place for group/single fun.
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  • The original and best, great quality as usual and awesome value
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  • Awesome
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  • Amazing burgers, with very juicy patties and they always have fresh buns and toppings. They aren't shy with the cheese and sauces AT ALL. Very retro shop with an open kitchen. What I also love about the franchise is that they have decent wine and a very small markup on wine prices
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  • This restaurant is a couple blocks' walk from my SO and I's apartment and so we dine here very regularly. In all the time we have not once had an incorrect order, rude service, a poor meal, or anything other than the most pleasant of experiences even when the restaurant is packed over the weekends. The burgers and toppings are always fresh, generous in portion, and flavoured perfectly. The choice of plentiful sauces and toppings are creative and flawlessly paired with the exceptional patties and decadent buns. Although all are good, the Elvis with bacon and peanut sauce is by far the standout choice and has become my go- to order. The interior is retro, intimate, welcoming, and a great place to eat whether alone, on a casual date, or with a group of friends. Burger Bistro is unpretentious and effortlessly cool with honest to goodness food and friendly, efficient service to match. The milkshake selection is also vast and adventurous, and the beer selection is very decent. As this location is the original Burger Bistro I highly recommend a visit, particularly in the summer months when the lush jacaranda trees line Pierneef and blanket Villieria in purple, though the towering burgers are in themselves an equal sight to behold.
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  • Burger Bistro reminds me of a migraine. I know that might not sound like a compliment but hear me out. When you have a big headache you might think you have a migraine but when you have a migraine you know you are having a migraine and all the big headaches was just headaches and not migraines. In the same way if you have a great burger somewhere else you might think you are having the best burger in the wold but when you have a Burger Bistro burger you know you are having the best burger in the word and all other burgers was just, burgers. Threfore by going to Burger Bistro you dont have to think its the best burger you are having, you will know its the best burger in the world you are having.
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  • Excellent burgers, best value for money. Absolute delish!
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  • Love the massive burgers,excellent quality and so delicious! And at an excellent price aswell! It might be small joint but the service is excellent. I enjoy the vibe and love the witty menu, it always provides a laugh! It is truely the best burger joint i have been to!
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  • The burgers are the most divine heaven sent little gems that this planet has seen. Eclectic flavours and fusions make my mouth water just thinking about it. And SIZE does matter when it comes to these beasts. They are huge.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Dinner
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  • Licensed
  • Lunch
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  • WiFi

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