Review: Grill’d Healthy Burgers, Darlinghurst15

Posted on September 1, 2010 by ChristieRestaurants

Behold the ‘Almighty’… burger, that is.

This big guy was happily devoured by hubby and he declared it excellent. We were dining mid-week with my friend Lorraine, you might know her from her food and travel blog, Not Quite Nigella and her lovely hubby Mr NQN.

Armed with the knowledge that we could pretty much order anything, you’ll be pleased to know that we didn’t totally pig out. Well, we didn’t over-order, but then we weren’t counting on the two extra burgers the staff were going to offer us.

But hang on, I’m getting ahead of myself, we’ll get to that bit in a minute…

We perused the menu for quite some time, checking out the different options; beef, chicken, lamb, veggie, steak sandwiches, snack burgers, salads and additional toppings.

When we realised there were no milkshakes we were a little upset, but I perked up when I noticed there was wholemeal and gluten free buns available (although, a little worryingly, there was a sign saying that the gluten free buns may contain some gluten – go figure!).

Being a pregnant lady I just couldn’t resist ordering the Hot Mama burger, $11.90, on the the ‘traditional’ wholemeal blend bun. It was filled with a grilled beef pattie, roasted peppers, dill pickle, tasty cheese, tzatziki, salad and harissa paste.

I would have liked a little more of the harissa as I’m a big chilli fiend and the beef pattie to be slightly more moist. But that’s what you get when you’re going down the healthy 100% lean beef path – something that’s virtuous, but ultimately not as satisfying as the real greasy deal.

The flavour combination was really good though and all the ingredients really fresh.

No such complaints from hubby. His Almighty burger, $12.50, on panini bun was jam packed with grilled beef pattie, tasty cheese, bacon, egg, beetroot, salad, relish and herbed mayo. Phew. Scroll up to check it out – it’s the very first photo of this post.

Mr NQN got the Simon Says chicken burger, $11.90, on panini bun. He polished it off pretty quickly so I’m guessing it was a magic combination of grilled chicken breast, avocado, bacon, salad, relish and herbed mayo!

At this point, the staff approached us saying there were two extra burgers they had made accidentally, and did we want them? Mr NQN’s eyes lit up and we gratefully accepted the burgers.

He then went on to eat the majority of those two burgers too! For a tall and slender man, he sure can fit a lot in. It’s really quite impressive.

Lorraine was being especially virtuous and ordered the Scotch Fillet Salad, $12.90. It came with grilled scotch fillet, rocket, spanish onion, feta, beetroot relish, olive oil and balsamic dressing. Plus she added dill pickles, which I think was a wise move!

Unfortunately the leaves weren’t dressed very well but it was a generous serve and the steak was good quality. She deemed the beetroot relish the best bit.

Chips, $4.30. I loooove chips. These were nicely flavoured with dried rosemary but not quite crispy enough. Upon tasting them, Lorraine and I started waxing lyrical about triple fried chips. That’s really the only way to make chips a heavenly experience.

We ate these ones with two different dips; herbed mayo (which had a curious taste we couldn’t place and we think was made with dried herbs) and sweet chilli mayo (which was too sweet for my liking).

Grill’d is a chain burger restaurant and we ate at the newest branch on Crown St, Surry Hills. I think they had a few new staff members on and are still trying to find their feet which is why some of the burgers weren’t as good as they could have been. Then if you are looking for the best grilling options see Wolfleys as they have some brilliant buyers’ guides.

I’m all for healthy burgers so I think I’ll give them another go – maybe to try a lamb or veggie burger. Will let you know if my opinion changes.

Fig & Cherry dined as guests of Grill’d Healthy Burgers with special thanks to Liquid Ideas.

Until next time, Christie x

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