Food and Drink


Balkan Fresh Burek

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Proudly Macedonian, Balkan Fresh Burek in Preston makes burek, and plenty of it. Made from layers of dough alternated with layers of other fillings in a circular baking pan, the burek is then topped with a final layer of dough. For mass consumption’s sake, Balkan Fresh Burek serves their version in large rectangular trays, but will make the round bureks to order.

The shopfront is unassuming – no fancy lettering, just the usual suburban signboard clearly stating its business. The interior dons a simple layout – two freezers near the entrance, a fake palm tree and a food display cabinet.

Traffic in the little store is constant, with a constant stream of people coming in and sitting down at the plastic wood grain-look tables. Choosing is easy: would you like a meat, spinach and cheese, or cheese burek? They’re all $6 a slice, $24 for a tray or $25 for a made-to-order round burek.

Nibbling is not something you should be aspiring to at Balkan Fresh. The slice is large enough to fill a side plate with some overlap, and the pastry is so flaky that any attempt to cut into the burek is met with a loud ‘crunch’, as pastry bits fly like confetti. It’s like a mini celebration with every mouthful.

Even the largest of appetites will be sated with a burek; it’s a big, cheesy, greasy celebration in your mouth. For those who haven’t tried a Balkan burek before, this is definitely one to try. And the best part is that lunch from here won’t break the bank.

351 High Street, Preston
9470 2433
Mon 10am – 4pm, Tue-Fri 9.30am – 5.30pm
Sat 9.30-4pm

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