novembar's – dianella
Dinner at the back of my mind, directions at the forefront. Lost in Dianella trying to find a burger bar! Oh what we do for food. Burgers are all the rage in Perth, with burger bars opening just about everywhere in the western suburbs. When I initially heard of Novembar’s, I had to try this burger bar so close to home. Novembar’s wacky and wonderful menu is definitely up my alley.
So as I made a wrong turn here and there I accidentally ended up at Novembar’s anyway. It’s not what I expected, a far cry from the swish burger bars populating the western suburbs. But sometimes the best food can be found in the most unexpected places. Outside, the shop looks like an ordinary fish and chips shop. Except for the front window proudly displaying masses of press clippings – a hint that Novembar’s is no run of the mill surburbia lunchbar.
I order a cheesebuger and chips and chat to the spritely owner, Minh. Novembar’s has only been around for 9 months and word of mouth has made this place work. Not only does the menu attract those with big apetites and adventurous stomachs, Minh’s enthusiasm is a draw card. Just have a look at the menu – a burger with star shaped buns (the 2011 burger ), the teeny tiny 5 cent burger and the interestingly named ‘aussie boys don’t cry’ burger. The one that takes the cake is the $1000 burger and guess what – they’ve already sold a couple! Photos of people who dared to eat the biggest burgers, a log of attempts to eat the $30 chilli burger and a range of cookbooks along the bench make Novembar’s a quirky place.
Minh soon whips up my meal to go. As I drive home I realise the smell of the burger and chips is permeating my car – and it is good. It’s the smell of a good burger bar – the scent of meat fresh off the grill and powdery chicken salt wafting from the chips. The burger survived the drive home and the salads stayed crisp due to careful construction. The burger patty is pure beef marinated in herbs and spices, cooked till pink with cheese melted over the rissole. Ketchup, tomato and lettuce complete the simple cheeseburger. The flavours meld together nicely in the moist burger – not afflicted by dryness or soggy bread or stab-your-gums toasted bread either. The chunky chips were golden and salty – you can’t have a burger without chips!
Novembar’s is a lovely and humble burger bar, right at home in a a suburb like Dianella. For such an unpretentious place, word of mouth has picked it up very quickly. It’s not posh, but the novelty and good food will attract the genuine burger lovers.
Up’s: The friendly service. Interesting menu – there is a lot more than good, tasty burgers (pasta, fish and chips etc). Love the recipe books on the counter.
Down’s: It’s not exactly stylish by any standard but you come here for the novelty, not decor.
Novembar’s Cafe & Takeaway, 4 Bayley St, Dianella WA 6059
T: (08) 9275 7788
7 days Lunch and Dinner (sorry, I can’t find any exact opening times)
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