It was one of those Saturdays that even the thought of cooking left me exhausted, so we packed up the two little ones and wandered into Subiaco to try the new burger joint, Grill'd.
Grill'd already exists in Claremont, Hillarys, Joondalup and Mt Lawley, but has only been in Subiaco a relatively short time. Strangely enough in an industry where location can make or break you, Grill'd is directly opposite one of Perth's best burger joints, Jus Burgers.
We showed up a bit before 5pm and only a few tables were occupied, although by the time we left around 6pm, there were plenty of punters, including families like ours. Even the Grill'd website says kids are welcome, and if you come before 7pm, kids pretty much have the run of the place. Childless people, you have been duly warned.
It's more than just lip service though, with a special kids box dedicated to small people under the age of 7. Arriving in a funky box, the Mini Me pack ($8.50) includes a choice of beef or chicken mini burger, a small serve of fries, a juice box (apple) and a special Grill'd packet of pencils and colouring-in page. The burger is appropriately simple, with cheese and tomato sauce.
Mini Me packs include pencils and colouring-in pages
Importantly, the food did not take too long to arrive, although I imagine when they are busy, it might be a longer wait.
The menu is varied and covers beef, chicken, lamb and vegetarian burgers. Averaging around $11 per burger, it is not the cheapest option in town, but each burger is full of fresh salads and relishes. They are decently sized but not so big you can't manage with two hands. Still, they are burgers and therefore can be a bit messy. I am not sure how they'd go as first date food, especially if you were aiming to dazzle her with your table manners.
If burgers are not your thing (why are you at Grill'd then?), they also offer steak sandwiches and salads ($11.50-$13.90) including chicken Caesar, chicken, scotch fillet and mushroom with feta. Each has a range of greens, cheeses and dressings plus extras such as tomato, red onion and peppers depending on what you order.
We went for the Wild Wild West burger ($13.50) a 100% beef patty, cheese, egg, bacon, beetroot, salad, herb mayo and relish and the Moroccan Lamb burger ($12.90) a lean lamb patty, roasted peppers, tzatziki, salad and relish. I didn't really notice the peppers in the lamb burgers, but I may have been too distracted by the bun, which was too crunchy and crumbly. Burgers come with a choice of Panini or traditional wholemeal. We had chosen traditional thinking it would be soft and chewy. Nope, it was crunchy and flaky. I would definitely choose the Panini next time, and if raw onion isn't your thing, you might want to ask them to leave it out
Chips are actually large wedges and very tasty. For an extra 70 cents they come with a choice of dipping sauces. We thought the sweet chilli mayo was right on the money.
There are some very interesting sounding options, such as the Kung Foo Fighter ($11.50) a beef patty, shredded carrot, coriander, satay sauce, salad and herb mayo, or the Grill'd Bird and Brie ($12.50) a chicken breast, brie cheese, cranberry sauce, salad and herbed mayo. As a side note, we had a bit of a giggle at the fact that Greek tzatziki was included in both the Moroccan lamb burger and the Bombay Bliss vegetarian burger. We truly are a multi- cultural country now, and even our condiments can multi-task.
There is no dessert menu to speak off, and many of the Grill'd locations are licenced (Subiaco is). All are open daily from 11am, closing at 11pm on Friday and Saturdays, and 10pm other days.
Grill'd is a national chain and as such they are have an established and quite full-on website. They have news, reviews blogs and competitions.
They might be facing off against Jus Burgers in Subiaco, but judging by the number of fans they have on Facebook, I think they will do just fine.