Change is afoot on St Georges Terrace, and I for one am very happy to see a growing number of cafes, restaurants and small bars joining the somewhat dry scene of Perth’s central business district.
When I heard Aussie burger chain Grill’d was opening a new outlet in the recently opened Brookfield Place, J and I didn’t need much convincing to pay them a visit. Neither did our friends, L and C, who were more than happy to tag along. (I think the words ‘yay, burgers!’ were used.)
It’s a deceptive looking space, as it appears pretty small if you glance quickly through the front doors. There’s lots of seats outside to enjoy a spot of sunshine with your burger, but you don’t have to contend with bad weather, as there’s actually a sizeable space inside.
After enjoying some drinks at The Heritage and hopping over to The Trustee, we ambled across to Grill’d to find the place packed. This is where my mention of this outlet’s deceptive appearance comes in – don’t let the full front room fool you – keep walking through and there’s plenty more tables inside.
C chose the ‘Baa-baa’ lamb burger ($13.50) with a side of chips ($4.80).
As C’s a chef by trade, I was pretty keen to hear what he had to say about it. Frankly, there wasn’t much chatting going on after he gamely provided me with a ‘bite shot’ – he was too busy eating!
He later declared it a winner and said he was very happy with his choice of burger. His only gripe? No shakes! We all agreed a frosty cold thickshake would have made the perfect partner to these burgers. But alas, we’ll have to keep dreaming…
I couldn’t resist my Grill’d go-to, the Crispy bacon and cheese burger. The combination of a juicy beef patty, bacon, cheese and salad is a classic, and one which I would happily eat every day of the week.
The burgers at Grill’d are generously sized, so knives are helpfully provided for those of us with little paws. Thank goodness. There’s no way I’d be able to tackle one of these without one!
One thing that I’ve always enjoyed about Grill’d? The sturdy panini bun. It’s the perfect thickness and density to ensure that you don’t lose all the delicious juices, and also doesn’t fall apart as you eat. A winning combination, in my opinion!
Of course, you also have the option of a classic bun made with a whole meal blend, or, if you’re gluten intolerant, a GF version for an additional $1.50.
J and I shared some chips with some herb mayo dip ($0.70) and extra pickles, which were provided when I asked for them nicely!
J’s stunning steak sandwich came on a panini roll instead of the ciabatta listed on the menu, as they had run out by the time we visited that evening. Not a problem by any means, as the star of the show – the steak – was tender, juicy and perfectly rosy in the centre.
J even remarked on how well trimmed it was, noticing that there was only one small piece of gristle which he had to discard. Sidenote: talking about gristle is pretty gross, sorry. But this is totally worth mentioning!
L’s Grill’d bird and Brie ($13.50) had me almost regretting my decision to go with my old favourite. The thick grilled chicken breast and chunky sliced Brie looked fantastic, and the scent of the slightly charred chicken was a big draw card for me.
I’ve never tried one of the chicken offerings from Grill’d, but you can bet it’s on my list for the next time we visit.
Grill’d Brookfield Place and the new Grill’d in Shafto Lane are now open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week.
Burger lovers can also look out for a new Scarborough outlet which opens on Friday 5 October!
Disclosure: Juji Chews was invited to visit Grill’d for review consideration.