I have a funny relationship with Grill’d – I’ve never had a bad meal there, but for some reason I always think that I don’t like their burgers. When I do eat there, I usually find myself ordering something I wouldn’t normally – a chicken burger, for example – and always end up enjoying it. Today we decided to head to Grill’d in the busy and ever-expanding Lakeside Joondalup shopping centre for a spot of lunch, specifically to sample their new range of sliders and sides.
There are four sliders on offer – beef with cheese, mustard & pickle; beef or chicken with pomegranate & mild wasabi slaw; and chicken with asian slaw & roasted peanuts. The two new sides are sweet potato chips with hot chilli mayo and asian slaw with fresh mint, coriander and roasted peanuts. If you’re not familiar with Grill’d, you can see the rest of the menu on their website.
You can select whichever sliders you like, at two for $14 or three for $17 – on par with a “standard” Grill’d meal, as most full-size burgers are around the $13-$15 mark. The three I chose were:
- beef with cheese, mustard & pickle – this was my favourite of the three. I’m not usually a big fan of pickles but it worked really well here (much like in the amazing Rockpool Bar & Grill burger from the bar menu).
- beef with pomegranate & mild wasabi slaw – the slaw gave this a nice crunch, although I’d have liked a greater kick of wasabi. I was expecting this to be sweet, but it wasn’t.
- chicken with asian slaw & roasted peanuts – they do a fine chicken burger at Grill’d, but I wasn’t a big fan of the slaw (see below), and there weren’t any peanuts. I’d have preferred a more traditional coleslaw.
Sweet potato is one of my favourite things, and these chips were cooked and seasoned to perfection. I’d come back for these alone. This was a “share” size serve ($8.80, a single serve is $4.80), plus $0.70 for the mayo. It’s pretty obvious that one tiny serve of mayo is not enough for the share size fries, especially if you’re like me and could just eat it with a spoon. I’d thoroughly recommend at least two servings of mayo with the share size.
The asian slaw with fresh mint, coriander and roasted peanuts ($3.80) is the same as in the chicken slider, and I found this rather underwhelming. There was just a small amount of dressing mostly dolloped on the top, and there wasn’t a peanut in sight as with the slider. The peanuts would have added some much needed texture and flavour to what was basically a cup of cabbage with a few herbs.
I need to accept the fact that I do actually like Grill’d. The new sliders were very nice, and I can see myself ordering them again – particularly the cheeseburger. I’ll pass on the slaw but the sweet potato fries get a big two-thumbs-up from me.