So one of my greatest sadness's about the move up to Gauteng from Cape Town, was losing my beloved local burger joint, Easy Tiger Burger Bar. I should not have worried! On one of our date nights, Mr Moo surprised me by taking me to a place about 15 mins from home in Clubview, called, Burger Bistro. Oh be still my beating heart is all I can say!!!
The milkshake menu at Burger Bistro is that old school paper number game
(I cannot for the life of me remember the name) with everything from usual vanilla to apple pie, Avo, Candyfloss to pineapple. (Ps: ALWAYS drink the milkshake second to activate and put it in your dessert stomach cause the burger is FILLING and I will bet that if you do it the other way round....you will be taking a doggy bag home, lol)
And then, there are those burgers....and those crunchy, perfectly fried chips! Burger Bistro gets it right with their burgers. Prices are fair, patties are succulent and everything is fresh. We have been twice in the last month and my spare time is spent thinking about their burgers....yeah...they are THAT good. The menu has something for everyone, from a simple plain burger, right to crazy yumminess with Strawberry, balsamic and black pepper jam (winner!!!)
A big part of what makes a visit to the Clubview branch so great is Donald and his team. Yes, being a food blogger does make me more picky with what I look at, but honestly I have no complaints. Donald is a hands on owner who has a fantastic team who very obviously have passion and want the customer to enjoy the visit. The decor is quirky, the venue isn't pretentious, its clean and it all just works really well. In short, I was seriously impressed at both visits (one at night and one for lunch) of both the food as well as the management and running of the place.
So, (and I suggest you don't take my word for it, but try for yourself) go on a date, or just shove a hoodie on and go slum it in the corner while nomming on a burger at one of the Burger Bistro Branches.
I can pretty much promise you that you will see, it's that place where you go, and then on the way home discuss what burger you going to try on the next visit!
Till next time, happy adventures
So, I’m a few days behind on getting the recap blog out for May, but I’ve been man down with flu and with my real life job deadlines! May was, however, a really kick ass month and my first full one up North.
TOPS AT SPAR WINE SHOW:
On Friday 13 May, we went off to our first wine show up here in Gauteng. The Tops at Spar Wine show was held in the Sandton Convention Centre. Coming from the Cape and blogging about wine....I know the stuff. I know the regulars that are at all the shows. But this was different. There were a fair number of familiar names but there were a tonne of smaller farms that had serious quality wines on show. The range was lovely, and it's very difficult to tell you what my favorites were.
From reds that just caressed the tongue on their way past, to whites that were surprisingly bold and full of exciting flavor, the Tops at Spar Wine show was, in my opinion, one of the best wine shows that I have attended with regards to the quality of wine they had on display. What was also actually quite a nice touch, were the servers walking around with trays of TUC biscuits. There is also the wine theater which was free. You could learn about wines and this was, in my opinion a lovely touch to round off the whole wine experience.
About 2/3 of the way through we stopped for a bite to eat. At R70 each the meals were, to my surprise, very filling and were made fresh in front of us very quickly. I can tell you without a shadow of doubt that the food was up to the standard of a high quality restaurant. The break also allowed us to chill, and take a good break from the wine with a cup of coffee. Having card facilities meant no cash was needed.
This was the Jo’burg leg of the Tops at Spar Wine show and I can’t wait till the Pretoria one as I am interested to do a comparison. However, before then, there are a few other shows in Durban and PE then Pretoria and lastly, Nelspruit. If you are a wine lover, then THIS is the definitive show for you. You need to book tickets and go to the show coming to your area.
Walking out after a show, I tend to try not to spend too much on a whim ....not at this show! This show we left happily clutching a few bottles of wine and wine products! Well done to the organizers, the show was fantastic with great variety and wonderful food and was great value for money. The layout was neat and spacious and it really was a pleasure to attend.
For more info go to: http://wineshow.co.za/
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