Today was the start of a well earned break over the holidays, however, I discovered my iMac’s hard drive is on the way out so that meant a trip to the service center in Nedlands. Since I was making a trip all the way there and I had spent a few hours backing up data, I thought I deserved a treat and hopped on Urbanspoon to see what restaurants in the area might take my mood. I felt like a burger so I headed to Bilby’s Chargrilled Burgers. Located in a residential area you need to keep your eyes peeled for an eatery of some sorts if you’re not familiar with the area on Davies Road. There were a few parking spots available so I turned in and opened the door to the sound of a beeping noise to alert the staff a new customer has arrived.
Bilby’s is something of an icon in the area and probably one of Perth’s longest and first gourmet burger bars. Dating back to 2001, they’re still going strong. The name comes from the native endangered animal, the bilby, which the restaurant supports via the “Malcolm Douglas Kimberly Bilby Rescue Project”. The interior of the restaurant appears small with a bar along the front windows but there’s an alfresco area to the side. The menu covers a wide range of proteins which include lean beef, chicken, fish, steak, kangaroo, camel and crocodile, plus vegetarian. A few burgers also come in a snack size and they also offer drinks, coffees, smoothies, and milkshakes. A quick look at the menu and what is obvious is the pricing – they’re quite cheap at $7 – $13 each. Do they deliver on taste for the price though?
I decided to order:
- The Metro Burger – lean beef patty on sundried tomato pesto, topped with caramelised onion, chargrilled capsicum, feta cheese, tomato, lettuce & basil aioli dressing $10.70
- A serve of regular chips $3
There are a few newspapers and magazines to the far right of the venue so I flicked through the newspaper. The burger and chips didn’t take all that long to be served, however, I’m not sure why they weren’t both brought out at the same time. Along with the food was a serviette and a mintie! Now there’s something different. The burger has some height, particularly the bun which I was a little worried about. Fortunately, it squashes down easily and doesn’t make it hard to wrap your jaw around it. I liked the bun very much. I’m always a fan of breads with seeds in them apart from the usual sesame seeds. The beef patty was tasty and had good flavour. One bite in and a few juices seeped out but it wasn’t a messy burger by any standard. I went searching for the feta and pesto which is on the bottom of the burger with the patty on top followed by the salad on top of the patty. There’s not too much feta but enough to provide that distinctive salty flavour without it being overpowering or taking over the burger. I would have liked a little more feta but the balance is acceptable. The sundried tomato pesto, caramelised onions and chargrilled capsicum seem to dim into the background. The pesto is just detectable but the other ingredients get lost amongst the other flavours. As with most gourmet burger restaurants, Bilby’s sources the freshest produce and makes all their sauces, mayonaise and marinades daily. The burger is delicious and the chips were lovely too. Could have had a little more salt for more liking and been deep fried longer so they were crisper. For the price they are great value.
Bilby’s Food Review Summary
Verdict: Bilby’s offers a solid burger offering with a delicious bun filled with seeds and a tasty beef patty with “gourmet” ingredients like feta and sundried tomato pesto. The feta provides a salty kick but is kept in moderation while the pesto provides a moistness in the burger. It’s amply filled with salad and other ingredients and will leave you full and satisfied. The chips are quite standard and I did eat them at the end so they had gone a little soggy but they were nice. I did get some crisp ones but I thought they could have been crisper overall and needed a little more salt. With quite a range to choose from, Bilby’s offers tasty burgers at excellent prices.
Bilby’s Restaurant Details
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