Now I love a decent burger. It brings me back to my childhood when every now and my brother an I were treated to a burger with the works from our local milk bar (in Melbourne) or our local fish and chip shop (in Brisbane). Even now I’ve been known to duck into a particular bakery in a certain working class suburb who makes awesome burgers with the works. For $5. I even made my brother have one when he came home from London for a holiday break.
I’ve been a little curious about Grill’d, but not enough to drag myself there to try it. However Mr Ana went there with a friend and really enjoyed it, so of course I had to give it a go after hearing that.
So Mr Ana and I went to the local Grill’d resto on our side of town. The resto was decorated with a lot of timber which was quite nice. Service wasn’t spectacular (we were greeted with ‘yeah?’ – but I could be wrong because the person at the front counter mumbled at us), but for a cheap meal I don’t really care so much.
I ordered the Queenslander – a ground beef burger with lettuce, tomato and onions (which I removed), a slice of tasty cheese, some bacon, and my personal favourites – a fried egg and some beetroot. When it came out it was a giant thing with a long toothpick jabbed in the middle to hold the burger together.
There was no way I could fit the burger in my mouth, so I cut it in half. I managed to shove the corner of the burger in my mouth and the first thing I noticed was the juicy patty. Sure, it’s just a beef patty, but it had a great grilled smokey flavour to it, was seasoned well, and retained enough juice to make the patty moist. No dry ground beef here! I noticed there was a smattering of herbs in the patty as well, which added to the pleasant flavour. I really liked it. The burger was a little messy to eat, but that didn’t surprise me – when tomato and beetroot are involved, I’m sure to get a few drips on my plate. The panini bun was toasted and didn’t fall apart (like some other burgers), just as I like it.
We ordered a serve of chips to share. The chips are hand cut and double fried, covered with herbs (probably the same ones that make its way into the patty) – they were crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Perfect thick cut chips in my book. I also enjoyed the tomato relish we ordered with the chips – on the sweet side, but very enjoyable none the less.
Mr Ana ordered the lamb burger – the ‘baa baa burger’ – he said it was very tasty, but frankly, I don’t do lamb so I left him to it. Mr Ana wished he had a fried egg in his burger though.
All in all, I enjoyed my Grill’d burger. $10-12 isn’t too bad for a burger in Brisbane. I will return here with friend in tow – Mr S loves a decent burger, and is a regular at the said bakery in a certain working class suburb – only his favourite there is their egg and bacon burger.
I’ll definitely return for a burger at Grill’d when the urge hits – much more convenient then driving across town to my little bakery for an old fashioned burger with the works!