This burger reviewing thing is usually pretty easy and falls into a series of well-trodden steps:
2. Choose a burger.
4.Try to avoid the hoards of fans now clamouring for photographs.
5. Try the burger- it's good/bad.
But sometimes it becomes more difficult. Like at the Burger Bistro
After barely five minutes, our choices were presented to us.
But because it's a VVGB, it needs to be compared to the current gold-standard, the V Burger.
One area the Bistro beats V Burger hands-down is the bun. I was a bit dubious about all this New Norcia advertising. I mean, it's bread, big deal. Then you wrap your mouth around this perfect baked wonder. This should be the new standard for burger casing. It's crispy, it's soft, it's tough, it holds together, it adds to the burger's texture beautifully.
The things it does worse:
I'm going to reiterate at this point that this was a damn good burger, and any faults are minor points to separate it from other VVGB's. To keep these points brief (as they should be), I'll dot-point them.
- The burger is more about height than width. Impressive to look at, but it treads dangerously close to a knife-and-fork penalty. Everyone likes a big burger, but for user-friendliness I'd rather expand out than up.
- The patty is lush and thick, so already better than most. Unfortunately, it's a bit plain. The V-patty was spiced and tasty. This just tasted like mince.
Bad points first:
Good points second:
Utterly and completely wonderful.
Not too oily.
Not covered in chicken salt (riot against mandatory chicken salt!)
Just plain good.
Baby Jesus would like these chips.
Price-wise, about on a par with Grill'd. So you're looking at maybe a little over $20 for a burger, chips and drink. Value-wise, however, it's a different story.
Whereas Grill'd charged extra to 1. Make more money, 2. Pay their seventy-four staff working that night and 3. Make more money
...the Burger Bistro actually buy decent ingredients and employ staff old enough to drive.
But despite the quality of the grub, $8 for a bowl of chips seemed pretty damn steep. Too bad we were so deliriously happy.
A premium burger experience. Essentially a hair's breadth between this and V Burger Bar.
Burger (/10) 8.5
Chips (/5) 4.5
Value (/5) 2.5
Total (/20) 15.5
I've rated this as an equal burger experience to the current ladder-leader. But just a touch more expensive. And that was enough to push it to second place.
By a hair.
I am more than pleased to be sitting here writing this review. I never knew of The Burger Bistro until that fateful evening after my Doctors appointment at a near by bar tasting the latest offerings from a fine Australian Craft Brewer. While I have you here I just want it noted that the doctor and I are not just mono-faceted burg-o-philes, we enjoy the other fine things in life like a well made ale also.
Ok so the Doc had given me the all clear to leave the bar and then casually dropped that there was a Burger House, noted for its quality, in the not too distant vicinity that I would benefit from paying a visit too.
Who am I to argue? He's a respected man of science and I value his opinion on all things but one: the necessity of bacon to human kind.
Oh and while we're at it I just wanna know where all these boobs were to sign?! I mean I know that I was a little preoccupied looking for bacon on the menu but not enough to miss a boob signing.......I think. If I have been remiss with my boob signing duties I am willing to make up for it with a 2 boobs for the price of 1 signing deal, Hell I'll do them both for free.* [*Offer excludes Man Boobs.]
On with the burgers!
Again the chips were not stand-out but just bulk standard frozen chips cooked well, golden and not greasy, but they would want to be at $8 per serve! Good chips but not cool to do that in the price department people.
Ok bang for your buck is around the Grill'd end of town, but far and away a hell of a lot better burger for your money. Not much change out of $25 for the Burger, chips and a drink Holy Trinity.
Worth it, but not an everyday thing.
I will be back for the Blue Steel, but V is still clinging to top spot on my ladder
Burger (/10) 8.5
Chips (/5) 3.5
Value (/5) 2.5
Total (/20) 14.5
We promised last time to hit Jus Burger but we never quite made it. I don't think we can continue our odyssey until we hit the highest-rated burger palace in WA.
The Burger Bistro can be found on Shafto Lane in Perth City.