After the roaring success of its Norwood site, Grill'd added another burger joint to its expanding belt in Adelaide down Rundle Street in September. The new site promised some fierce competition for its east end neighbours Burger Theory and Fancy Burger.
As a burger enthusiast I was eager to suss out the new contender. Claiming to use fresh, locally and ethically sourced ingredients, Grill'd aims to deliver healthy burgers that will whet your appetite. So I went in with big expectations.
First of all, the atmosphere is pretty great. The exposed brickwork, low hanging light fittings and wall covered with tailored art give the restaurant a trendy vibe that kind of made me feel like I was in Melbourne. The limited amount of natural light that flows in, due to the small frontage, compliments the décor. For me the surroundings of a restaurant add to the experience, and in this case Grill'd won me over.
As for the actual burgers, I ordered the locally-inspired Mighty Crow-Eater with grass-fed lean beef, tasty cheese, crispy bacon, free-range egg, beetroot, salad, relish and herbed mayo. I chose the traditional bun, and it wasn't anything spectacular. However the beef was succulent and juicy, and mixed well with the other ingredients.
I also ordered a regular size chips, which was a rookie mistake. The serving is quite big and is enough to feed two people. My friend and I both ordered a regular size and we both couldn't eat it all. Which is saying something because the chips (thick potato wedges accompanied by your choice of sauce, we went with herbed mayo which I'd highly recommend) were probably my favourite part of the meal. There is also the option of sweet potato chips or zucchini chips as a side.
The burger menu has a variety of chicken, lamb, beef and vegetarian options, and the prices vary from $9.90-$13.50. There are also steak sandwiches and salads options available. An extensive beer and wine list, including local favourites, is also offered.
All up I spent $22 on the meal, which I thought was a bit steep for a burger and chips. However this tends to be the normal price for gourmet burgers these days. And the burgers are definitely gourmet.
Aside from the food, another great aspect of Grill'd is its "Local Matters" scheme. Every month they donate $500 to the local community, split between three different charity groups, which change every month. Any charity, big or small, can ask for support for their cause. Every time a customer buys a burger they are given a bottle top. The customer then chooses which charity they'd like to support. Each group is represented on a different jar. I really liked this idea because not only does it encourage people to donate, it gets people reading about what's going on in the local community.
Overall, Grill'd on Rundle Street was a pleasant visit. The service was good and we didn't have to wait long for our meals, even though they were quite busy. As mentioned the restaurant itself gives of a nice vibe which allowed for a relaxing, urban experience. My only criticism... the burger was average. It was good, but it wasn't amazingly, mouth-watering.