Alex is a freelance writer, retail worker, short film maker, an avid lover of The Arts and always willing to explore.
Published May 28th 2012
Oxford Street, Leederville draws in the Indy crowd like mozzies to a bug zapper, so of course The Burger Bistro was going to be a hit.
The Burger Bistro is surrounded by it's fair share of competition, but it intelligently steps away from the generic trend of modern food outlets and fits extremely well into it's own little alternative niche.
What first attracted me to The Burger Bistro, other than my ridiculously huge craving for a burger at the time, was the engrossing and somewhat surreal pop art I caught an eye full of through the open front door. My attention was fully reeled in, hoping that The Burger Bistro tasted as deliciously good as it looked from the outside in; to say the least, I left with food twins.
Once I walked through the door, the next aspect that immediately caught my attention was the lighting set up. The lighting almost purely consists of countless light globes hanging at various heights from the ceiling; in theory this idea may sound rather bland but from a low angle perspective, its appearance is surprisingly enchanting. The only thing that stopped me taking any pictures was the endearing smell of cooked meat slowly drifting it's away across the restaurant that conveniently occurred as I was handed the menu by one of their delightful staff.
Never before in my life have I ever dreamed of seeing such an insanely vast selection of burgers with chicken and beef. I felt like Charlie Bucket surrounded by Wonka bars and the only thing that would have been more amazing was if one of the burgers actually contained chocolate. If that previous sentence made you squirm or you're cholesterol jump, the "vegie max", the "chickpea chow down" and the "chatchi's chilli chorizo burger" all deem to be unbelievably appetizing.
After an elongated discussion with my stomach, I finally landed on "the emmental"; an Angus Beef patty with tomato relish, home made garlic mayo and of course emmental cheese. In all honesty I initially chose "the emmental" purely because of the intriguing name (not knowing at the time emmental was actually a type of cheese) but it was to the say the least, a sensational shot in the dark that I wouldn't regret making again.
The Burger Bistro makes all of their burgers in a delicious New Norcia spelt sourdough roll, that is in my books a few steps ahead of their competition; or if preferred, breadless replaced with a delectable garden green salad. Before you even ask, yes, they're chips are just as tasty.
As for the drinks selection, nothing exactly sticks out to make it anything special. However they do have a fine array of both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages, so there's nothing exactly of great deprivation either.
Overall The Burger Bistro is a fine addition to the large variety of food establishments in Leederville, that is conveniently located on Oxford Street within a short walking distance of the latest hot spots. The Burger Bistro sticks out vibrantly with eye catching quirky decorating, affordable prices, fantastic service and burgers that just about put everywhere else to shame.
It's a shame this establishment makes no attempt to offer gluten free options - with wheat in their chips, condiments and no gluten free bun on offer. This means that I can never eat here, nor can my fellow digestively challenged friends in Perth. Their competition has this market well catered for, Jus Burgers really goes the extra mile to look after people with food allergies.