Grill’d @ Burwood One – Burwood Hwy Burwood East VIC

Posted: February 15, 2015 in Burger Hunt
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I think sometimes I’m too hard on Grill’d. Like an ex-girlfriend, sometimes all you remember are fights and tough times you had during your relationship. But I think it’s been long enough now. I’m beginning to look back with fondness and accept that there are some things that I still really like about Grill’d… It was probably 10 years ago that I was introduced to Grill’d, I was younger then, and less experienced in the world of Burgers. One warm summer evening out in Hawthorn, my friends Paul and Ness told me about this amazing new burger place. They do Gourmet Burgers, Ness excitedly told me – we just have to go there for dinner!  It was a rough start, my first Burger with Grill’d was burnt – but they offered my a free meal so I came back. I thought nothing of Grill’d for  few years and then one afternoon I stumbled in and got reacquainted with the amazing herbed mayo and delicious chips. Grill’d made burgers and chips like nowhere else. Sure Grill’d had some sort comings – but I saw past those. I even took friends and family to Grill’d. Oh those were heady days… But somewhere along the way the relationship soured. It wasn’t Grill’d it was me – I’d changed. I wanted more, I was looking for… Something different, I don’t know. I didn’t see Grill’d for a long time – it was probably for the best, it can be rough otherwise.

Today I decided that I’d drop by – I wanted to see what was going on. Some things had changed, some were still the same. I decided to get a Tuscan Chicken – an old favourite- and of course some of the delicious herbed chips and the amazing herbed mayo.

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I still love the chips – there a few places that match grilled in this area. And the Tuscan Chicken is still damn good, the pesto and the mayo work well together and for this burger the crunchy traditional bun just works. But the chemistry that we had shared had gone. There was a time when I thought that a good beef burger started and ended with a Grill’d Mighty Melbourne and that it was impossible to get a better chicken burger. I now know that’s not true. It was never going to be the same as it was all those years ago – I’ve change too much.

Grill’d isn’t bad, in fact it’s pretty good, but it suffers by comparison to the multitude of other independent artisanal burger bars that have popped up over the last few years. However, I am willing to concede that I still heartily enjoyed my Grill’d burger. I’ll probably be back – no, let’s be honest, it’s around the corner – I’ll be back.

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