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Burger Bistro (Villieria)

Burger Bistro (Villieria)
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Cost
R70 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual, Contemporary cool, Family friendly, Hip & happening
Food
African, Bistro fare, Burgers, Modern, South African, Steak
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa

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)

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    The food here simply gets better and busier every day. From the start, they managed to pick the right recipe for the place and the food, and they’ve hardly had a chance to catch breath. Don’t even try to get in without bookings. (Instead, go for take-aways. It will save lots of hassle.) But if you are able to secure a table, the choices are fun-based and stacked with quality 200g patties, sesame buns specially prepared for their burgers and a list of toppings that is ever evolving and growing. You could keep it as simple as you want or swing to the extreme extravagance of a Mr Miyagi with wasabi mayo, fresh rocket and mushrooms, or go the ‘Elvis’ route with hints of peanut butter sauce and bacon. You can opt for a 100g patty or add extra sauces, and they serve other obvious burger accoutrements like milkshakes (the peanut butter or watermelon flavours are best) to close the deal.

    Drinks
    One of the partners works in the wine industry, so they offer a quality selection.

    Service
    They’re small and always pumping, so it can be slow at times, but always with a smile.

    Ambience
    Because of the small space, they’ve kept it simple, and cleverly so. The colour scheme is dominated by pillar box red and the design is clean, with lots of rock ’n roll paraphernalia on the walls. It’s all about Elvis, fast cars and the fifties, but the emphasis is on the food. They pull in the neighbourhood crowd, which is always a good sign.

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    Also watch out for more Burger Bistros coming into the city.

    (August 2015)

  • Diane de Beer

    Don’t mess around when you go to Burger Bistro. You know why you’re there: innovative burgers, excellent fries and creative milkshakes.

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    This place will convert you even if you think you don’t like burgers. They’re innovative with their range, from the Miss Piggy with halloumi, streaky bacon and salami to the Mr Miyagi with wasabi mayo, fresh rocket and mushrooms. They’ve also made sure that they get all the basics – like the juicy 200g meat patty and sesame seed bun ­– just right. (They offer a smaller size for more delicate appetites.) The fries are excellent and they have a few steaks and open sandwiches on offer, but you know why you’re here. Don’t mess around; get straight to the burgers.

    Drinks 
    One of the Burger Bistro partners is a wine specialist, so they offer an adventurous choice of vino, from the DeMorgenzon Sauvignon Blanc to the Glen Carlou Shiraz. Their milkshakes come in exciting flavours like rose, watermelon and peanut butter.

    Service 
    It’s a small space and it’s usually pumping, so service can be slow, but it always comes with a smile.

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    There’s a rollin’ rhythm to the place. They’ve kept it simple with a 50s rock ’n roll feel and cheerful red dominating the colour scheme. The menus and hamburger names give a nod to classic music and movies.

    And… 
    They also serve at tables out on the pavement in this sleepy part of town, which adds to the Burger Bistro charm.

    (August 2014)

  • joint in an unusual part of town with 50s décor and a cool vibe. They’ve perfected the patty, from simple and vegetarian to exotic and gourmet. Try the Marilyn Monroe with melted brie, strawberry-balsamic and black pepper jam. (Eat Out magazine 2014)
  • Diane de Beer

    Burgers is what they do best. It's a funky burger joint in an unusual part of town with décor that pays homage to the fifties and a vibe that's as cool as it is laid back. The menu is easy: the choice is a hamburger to suit any mood. They've worked hard to perfect the patty, which is the star of the plate and made especially for them. Recommended for after-work drinks and bite to eat. Pick the more obvious bacon-and-cheese-topped burger, a pesto-inspired burger or something exotic like the Marilyn Monroe, topped with melted brie, a strawberry balsamic and black pepper jam. The chips are freshly made and crisp and you can add to the ambience of the evening by opting for a creamy milkshake with flavours that are hard to resist. (July 2013)

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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  • We have eaten here a few times, but be aware that it gets very busy. Luckily, they also offer take-aways. The pepper sauce is to die for and the Marilyn Monroe burger is a definite winner. And the chips are enough to make you never eat a burger anywhere else ever again. If you do get a table, try the milkshakes. They have an amazing range of flavours. Great food, for a great price. We will be back again and again.
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  • Wonderful food with great variety. The wines were also well priced
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  • When you drive past the Burger Bistro you won't really think much of this small restaurant, but once you enter through their doors, there is always a waiter to greet and seat you, ready at hand when you need something and the burgers are to DIE for. I have yet to find another restaurant that can hold it's own to their quality and service in the Burger department. And best of all is that they do take-aways as well.
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  • Best Burgers I've ever had!
    Friendly staff & management with attention to detail, can definitely reccommend!
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  • Stopped at Burger Bistro on Saturday before the weekends rugby and WOW!! From the moment we sat down, our waiter Nicholas kept us entertained and gave nothing but happy and friendly service (our group are all from JHB where good service is a rarity, so what a breath of fresh air). The burgers are fantastic with many options to accommodate all tastes, the chips are fresh and crispy and definitely one of the best burgers I've had in ages. Well done guys, its a bit of a drive, but for a good burger we are willing to trek from JHB.
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  • Great vibe and great food, probably the best burger I've ever had. Amazing what the've done with the place, absolutely fabulous!!
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  • Interesting menu, but poor management and sub standard ingredients.

    We drove from Pretoria east to try the burgers after seeing a number of good 2013 reviews.

    Drinks were a generic equivalent
    Burger topping was off and manager did not come to table after complaint
    While waiter was taking order we were interrupted by relation of manager who was smoking nearby to ask the waiter to take her glass to the back.

    The food is cheap, but not worth the drive!
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  • Fantastic burgers, at fantastic prices. Oh, and the chips were fantastic too!

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  • Best burgers I have had in SA. Besides being creative, delicious and different, they offer good value for money! it is a gourmet burger without the pretense and pedantics!

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Specials

Specials at Burger Bistro

The HIGH-5 BURGER
200g Pure Beef Patty, Cheddar, Mozzarella, Balsamic Caramelised Onions, Chips, Coke or Coke Zero and a High-5 for only R59.50. Available Monday to Friday from 11am to 4pm. Excluding public holidays

Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Takeaways
  • WiFi

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