Generally when I go seeking a good burger I don't move much past Alfred's Kitchen in Guildford – the quality there is superb so why would you change something that doesn't need it?
Nevertheless Sunday night rolls around and I found myself short a burger. My parents, always the advocates for trying new things, suggested we try Grill'd.
At first I was a tad apprehensive but I decided to give it a go. We arrived at the restraint without a booking but the staff were not put off by this fact. They greeted us with cheery smiles and explained the process of ordering before allowing us to choose our own table. Since it was a cold night we elected to sit inside and peruse the menus.
I decided to try the 'Crispy Bacon and Cheese' burger whilst my parents elected to give the 'Caesar's Palace' a go. The atmosphere during our brief wait was friendly and warm, the wait-staff all too willing to chat or smile in our direction. We did not have to wait long for our food and within ten minutes our meals had arrived.
It was quite obvious from the moment I tried the burger I had ordered that everything had been prepared fresh, including the meat patty. The flavours of the chutney and herb mayo combined with the tenderness of the meat and crispy bacon proved to be a delicious combination. There was no lacking on the burger, ingredients had been packed between the buns but not too much to make it impossible to eat as is often the case.
For the price of $12.50 I found the quality to be outstanding and very reasonable. My parents had likewise comments regarding their chicken burgers, the chicken was cooked to perfection and the dressing not too overpowering. I also would suggest trying their chips which were garnished with herb salt. They were golden, fluffy and to die for!
Grill'd was established in Hawthorn, 2004, by Simon Crowe who was determined to do something about the lack of healthy and delicious burgers in his area. As his success grew Crowe made the decision in 2007 to move his business interstate and opened more stores in Western Australia, Melbourne and Sydney. They were the proud winners of the 2010 and 2009 FCA Emerging Franchisor of the Year awards.
Perhaps the most pleasing aspect for me was that Grill'd is an active supporter of local charities. Upon placing your order the customer is given a bottle-cap to place into one of three buckets. Each bucket represents a charity and the bucket with the most bottle-caps at the end of the month receives a $300 donation with the other two receiving $100 each.
To sum up? Great food, friendly atmosphere and positive ideals. If you are looking for a relatively inexpensive night out with a restaurant that goes that little bit further I heartily recommend