Healthy burger promise
Thanks to Charmaine from Liquid Ideas for sending me a $25 voucher to use at Grill'd. I remember seeing this burger franchise in Melbourne but didn't get a chance to try so I've been curious to visit the popular new shop on Crown Street. Is there such thing as a healthy burger? — well Grill'd aim to achieve this with their promise of using the freshest ingredients and meat patties that are super low in fat. Two of the most popular menu choices are the 'Simon says' chicken burger ($11.90) named after me of course which comes with grilled chicken breast, avocado, crispy trim bacon, salad, relish and herbed mayo and the Simply Grill'd beef burger ($8.90) which has grilled 100% lean beef, salad, relish and herbed mayo. Both burgers are made to order with care by the kitchen staff and have a home style taste which doesn't taste too processed and leave you feeling heavy and blotted in the stomach as you might find with other burgers. I think it might be due to the low fat meat patty which doesn't taste too oily and I can tell by it's taste it's less fatty.
Hot chips are a must with any burger purchase, it's common burger etiquette, and their Hot chips ($4.30 regular size) with tomato relish ($0.70) are quite thickly cut and nicely seasoned. They perhaps could have been a bit more crispy and rustic for my liking although I guess they wouldn't be as healthy then. In terms of the burger structure I prefer my sauce to be near the meat rather than on the bun near the salad — sauce and juicy meat go hand in hand on the taste buds. Also the use of raw red onion is a bit overpowering — and bad for the breath — I prefer it a bit cooked to reduce some of the stark onion taste. Other than that I'd be pretty happy to have the burgers again when the call of a late night craving swoops upon me which seems to be when I usually get tempted to eat a burger these days.
PROS: Healthy home style taste with quality ingredients, Interesting menu choices, Friendly service, Nice decor and seating, 4 unisex toilets available, Handy location
CONS: Use of raw onion, Takes a little bit of time to freshly prepare and cook, More pricey than your average burger joint
MUST TRY: At least once to compare to all other burgers
Simply Grill'd beef burger: Grilled 100% lean beef, salad, relish and herbed mayo $8.90 with tasty cheese $1 extra
'Simon says' chicken burger: Grilled chicken breast, avocado, crispy trim bacon, salad, relish and herbed mayo $11.90
Hot Chips: Thick-cut Tasmanian Russet-Burbank potato chips $4.30 (regular size) with tomato relish ($0.70)
Separate and communal table seating
The Grill'd branding