754 Glenferrie Rd
Hawthorn VIC 3205
+61 3 9819 0004
A morning spent up and down my old hang-out, Glenferrie Road, (that is, before I lowered my standards and started hanging out at Shoppo…. *cringes*) meant that I was finally able to try the acclaimed burgers at Grill’d, a healthier take of your traditional burger. Now, the Hawthorn store, the first of many, has been there since 2004 but I’ve often walked past it, thinking that it was just another boring franchise. Jan’s review on Grill’d, however, made me curious so the A-Man and I decided to pop down there for lunch.
We rocked up just before 12pm when it wasn’t busy. I mean, there were only a handful of people there but it still took a good 5 minutes for us to get served at the counter. Didn’t bother us though because we weren’t rushing or anything. The wait for the food to arrive on our table, however, took quite some time for a fast food joint. But like I said, we didn’t have to be anywhere later on so we were content just sitting down with the Saturday newspaper and the Melbourne Film Festival Guide. On each table, they had little books filled with blank sheets of paper in which you can doodle to your heart’s content with the little lead pencils also provided. I probably would’ve used this opportunity to draw some rude drawing and sign Adam’s sign underneath but it’s been a while since those bloody VCE art classes…. I bet I can’t even draw a stick figure now.
Adam ordered the Mighty Melbourne ($11.50) which is Grill’d‘s take on those “Aussie” burger items that they have at Maccas and your local fish and chippery (just add beetroot heh). I didn’t taste it myself but Adam thought it was quite good, though not the BEST burger he’s had.
Okay, I don’t exactly know what happend with mine. I had ordered the ‘Simon Says’ burger ($10.90) which was SUPPOSED to have come with grilled chicken breast, avocado, bacon, relish, herbed mayo and salad but instead of chicken, I got beef. There was no sign of avocado and bacon either. I’m pretty sure I got the Simply Grill’d burger which is their standard beef burger consisting of beef, salad, relish and herbed mayo. It was actually quite nice which is probably why I didn’t kick up a storm about it… and perhaps because I was in some weird mellow mood too.
We also ordered a serving of chips to share ($3.90 for a rather generous regular-sized serving) and sweet chilli mayo to go with it (+ 50 cents). I really liked the chips there – they were thickly-chopped, sprinkled with rosemary and thyme and lightly seasoned with flavoured salt. Mmm
. In total, the bill came to $30 (including drinks) so it was pretty good value considering that we were both very full. The thing I liked about Grill’d
was that their burgers are so big that if you eat it with your hands like you would with a Maccas cheeseburger, you will struggle. I had to use a knife and fork to be able to conquer my burger but Adam was able to eat it fine with his hands (big mouth, you see. Heh).I also liked that the burgers didn’t seem so fatty compared to your normal fish and chip shop burger. I didn’t see any grease residue after I’d cleared the plate nor did I feel omg-fat. In fact, I just felt satisfied and did not get that awful feeling that I’d normally get after eating a burger with the lot. Although they were good burgers, I do agree with Adam – not THE best but definitely would go there more than once in the future. I’ve heard that Urban Burgers
apparently do a good job with their burgers so maybe I’ll give that a go sometime. In the meantime, if anyone knows of any good places with awesome burgers, I’m waiting to hear from you