Rarely do I encounter a veggie burger that makes me want to cry because it’s so good. Ok, well, perhaps I should say that never have I encountered such a burger, until now. In the small town of Katoomba, Australia in the Blue Mountains, is the Fresh Espresso and Food Bar – the location of the best veggie burger that was so phenomenal that I wish I could have exported them back to the United States.
Don’t let this small cafe fool you, they have a pretty extensive menu filled with fresh and organic ingredients. (I know they are fresh because the produce guy brought in box after box of great stuff while we ate.) The place gets a bit crowded which is indicative of how good their food, and coffee, is.
The veggie burger on the menu was described as roasted vegetables, chickpeas and semi-dried tomato burger served with fresh tomato. I have no idea what secret ingredient they put in the burger was but it made it so moist and delicious. As a vegetarian, I was most pleased to have accidentally discovered this cafe after a day of driving.
We also ordered the linguini with garlic mushrooms in extra virgin olive oil, marinated feta, roast capsicum (red peppers), English spinach and pine nuts. Of course, it couldn’t hold a candle to the great veggie burger I was eating, but it still held it’s own for a great bowl of pasta.
The meal was washed down with a home made lemonade made with sparkling fizzy water, fresh lemons and fresh mint. It was really refreshing on quite warm winter’s day.
The menu also featured a salad baby beets, roast pumpkin, English spinach, avocado, goats cheese, roast cherry tomatoes and pine nuts with sweet balsamic reduction. I’m sure you couldn’t go wrong ordering that either.
On your way to a hike through the Blue Mountains, I highly recommend stopping by Fresh Espresso and Food Bar to fuel up. And, seriously, order the veggie burger – you won’t regret it.
Fresh Espresso and Food Bar
Shop 5, 181 Katoomba Street,