Review: Grill’d, Belconnen

A few weeks ago I decided we should have burgers for dinner (that really isn’t unusual though, I always want burgers) and Jarrod suggested we go out to Grill’d in Belconnen and follow it up with some Yogurtland deliciousness. I wasn’t that hard to convince so off we went!

Grill'd - Make Burgers Good
Grill’d – Burgers Made Good

Grill’d is a burger chain in Australia that has a claim of making burgers healthy. While I’m not sure that is true, they do state that they use higher quality ingredients and less filler in their burgers which probably makes them healthier if not healthy.

In previous visits, they have had a menu board up above the counter but that has disappeared (I’m not sure if that is a permanent change) and they had their menus out the front which confused some people.. we weren’t sure why they didn’t just put them up at the counter. Fortunately, for us, we noticed the menus as we walked in and took a look before we made it to the counter.

The Almighty - Grilled grass fed lean beef, tasty cheese, crispy trim bacon, free range egg, a couple of slices of beetroot with salad, relish & herbed mayo ($13.50)
The Almighty – Grilled grass fed lean beef, tasty cheese, crispy trim bacon, free range egg, a couple of slices of beetroot with salad, relish & herbed mayo ($13.50)

Jarrod decided on the Almighty (as he usually does) which is essentially a burger with the lot. At Grill’d you also get to choose which style of bun you would like, there is the traditional with sesame seeds (above) and also a panini option. The traditional is full of sesame goodness and it’s what we usually get when we buy burgers from Grill’d. Jarrod raves about this burger and claims it to be nearly one of the best burgers he’s eaten, especially in its price range (not cheap, but also not expensive).

Bird & Brie - Grilled chicken breast, brie cheese, thick cranberry sauce, salad & herbed mayo ($12.50)
Bird & Brie – Grilled chicken breast, brie cheese, thick cranberry sauce, salad & herbed mayo ($12.50)

While I also like the Almighty I usually opt for the Bird and Brie.. sometimes I consider having something else but then I also think about  missing out on the combination of brie and cranberry sauce and stick to this burger. I also asked for the ‘traditional’ bun but was given the panini which, although it tastes decent, made me pretty disappointed – I love sesame seed buns that much.

All the flavours work well together in this burger and there is something about the gooey brie combined with the sweet cranberry sauce that makes it better than other chicken burgers. This is a great chicken burger.

Local Matters bottle cap
Local Matters bottle cap

One initiative that Grill’d has is the “Local Matters” donations. Whenever you buy a burger you receive a bottle cap in a little yellow envelope, in store there is a stand with 3 large containers that contain details about the charities Grill’d is supporting for the month. You place your bottle cap in the container of the group you’d like to support and the group with the most bottle caps at the end of the month gets some cash. I believe we went with supporting a Quidditch team.

Yogurtland delicious!
Yogurtland delicious!

We decided not to get drinks or chips at Grill’d (although they do excellent chips!) because we wanted to take a tasty trip to Yogurtland before going home! Yogurtland is great if you want to customise your dessert as much as you like. They have a bunch of different flavours of frozen yoghurt that you serve yourself (out of softserve machines) and then you can add in whatever toppings you like. It is all weight based which I prefer, unlike other places that charge you a flat amount for different types of toppings.

I, obviously, got all of the chocolate flavours, Twilight being my favourite as it’s a darker, richer flavour and is so good. I also make sure to get a few generous pumps of hot fudge before I go!

Overall a delicious night when you want to have something a bit junky to eat and not spend a huge amount (it might be worth noting though, that our yoghurt nearly cost the same amount as our burgers! We love filling up those cups!)

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Sarah

Review: This Cafe, Gungahlin

In April of last year, Jarrod and I moved into our new house. On the day of the move we were so hungry by the time the removalists had left that we had to go and source some food, and fast. The Gungahlin shopping centre has many cafes and restaurants that were open but also a bit pricey. That day we ended up with a place called The Coffee Club which, unfortunately (and also fortunately) wasn’t for us. The seating was uncomfortable and squishy, the food was incredibly slow to arrive and with the exception of the shake the food was pretty average.

That led us on a hunt to find the cafe that would become ‘ours’. The place we’d go on the weekend when we were too lazy to make breakfast/brunch/lunch ourselves, that was well priced and had good food. Previous to moving to this house we lived in an area that had a huge amount of food places within a 5 minute walk so we were quite spoiled but we were determined that we could find something just as good again.

Enter, This Cafe which, other than having a neat name “want to go to This Cafe?”, has very fast service and tasty food. I believe our first visit to This Cafe occurred on a cold Sunday afternoon at 3PM where we were still able to order Bacon and Egg rolls (all day breakfast), this was the place for us.

Since then, we have been going roughly once every fortnight to eat there. In fact, we went there last weekend AND this weekend.

Cream Cheese Ricotta Crepe - Crepe stuffed with ricotta & cream cheese served with raspberry puree , almond syrup, banana & whipped cream ($13.90)
Cream Cheese Ricotta Crepe – Crepe stuffed with ricotta & cream cheese served with raspberry puree , almond syrup, banana & whipped cream ($13.90)

Last weekend, I decided to take a look at the specials menu and see if I’d like to try something new, I decided that I did and ended up choosing the crepe. It may not have been the best decision as the cheeses just didn’t work for me. Also, look at that mega mound of whipped cream! Although it was delicious it sort of took over the whole meal. I had hoped the cheese would have a softer, gooier consistency. Given that this was my first ever crepe stuffed with cheese, maybe my idea of how it should be is completely off and they all have this crumbly texture. The syrup and the puree were lovely and sweet but I just couldn’t get past that cheese.

 

Deluxe Chicken BLT & Chips - Bacon, lettuce, cheese, tomato,  grilled chicken breast  with aioli  sauce ($16.90)
Deluxe Chicken BLT & Chips – Bacon, lettuce, cheese, tomato, grilled chicken breast with aioli sauce ($16.90)

Jarrod decided to go with the Chicken Burger on the menu. Now, this is where I need to pause and ask, why do places use boards in place of plates/bowls these days? What purpose does this serve and who thought it was a good idea? When eating a burger, I want to know I have something underneath it catching all the juices and be confident they’re not going to slowly slide off and onto me. This Cafe used to use plates for burgers but a couple of months ago switched to clipboard menus and boards for burgers. Apparently that is just what cafes do these days.

Anyway, that doesn’t mean the burger was bad because Jarrod said it was delicious and it had a generous amount of aioli and the chips at This Cafe are always good, fresh, hot and crispy. You do need to ask for a side of sauce though if you’d like it (which Jarrod does). I am yet to try this burger but it looks so good that I will probably have to. Grilled chicken in burgers is so good!

Chocolate Thickshake ($5.90)
Chocolate Thickshake ($5.90)

One thing we pretty much ALWAYS get when we visit This Cafe is a Chocolate Thick Shake. They are incredibly good, always cold and so thick you have to suck your hardest to get it out of the straw… just how we like them. There’s nothing worse than the disappointment felt when you order a thick shake from a place and it’s basically just milk. These places have no right to call them thick shakes. When trying somewhere new, we have ‘The Straw Test’ where you stick the straw in the middle and see if it falls to the side or how fast it sinks in. The slower the better. This shake definitely passes the test. The thick shake is one of the things we keep going back to This Cafe for, to the point where they have Mango slushies and although I really want to try, I haven’t.. I can’t risk losing the thick shake.

So, after feeling a bit sad about my crepe adventure of last weekend, we decided to go back again on Saturday. We did a lot of people watching of men (mostly) walking by flowers in hand (it was Valentines Day) and one guy had 3 single roses and we wondered what that was all about! Obviously the assumption being that he had 3 girlfriends.

Breakfast Wrap - Toasted wrap with bacon, egg, cheese, hashbrown and BBQ sauce ($14.90)
Breakfast Wrap – Toasted wrap with bacon, egg, cheese, hashbrown and BBQ sauce ($14.90)

This time, I played it safe (although I’ve only had this once before) and went with a breakfast wrap.. mostly because it was before 11am and that is when their lunch menu starts. I might not have been so safe had the lunch menu been on offer. The combination of bacon and eggs and hash brown work really well, as it’s toasted too it keeps it’s heat for a long time. I ended up burning my mouth in my impatience. It’s a good size too, not too heavy or filling but filling enough that you don’t want to snack on anything else afterwards.

Bacon & Egg Roll - Bacon, egg, cheese and BBQ sauce on a large roll ($10.90)
Bacon & Egg Roll – Bacon, egg, cheese and BBQ sauce on a large roll ($10.90)

Jarrod went with our regular, if you’re really hungry or can’t work out what else you want the fallback is always the bacon and egg roll. It’s massive, unlike the wrap you might find yourself struggling to finish this. Piles of bacon, 2 eggs (usually runny, but we ask for them to be hard as dripping yolk isn’t our thing), cheese and bbq sauce on a massive black pepper and parmesan roll. So good when you’ve rolled out of bed at 10AM and are starving for breakfast but too lazy to make anything yourself. Not only that, but it’s also an excellent price, one of the cheapest things on the menu and quite possibly the most filling.

Obviously, we really enjoy this place and have been multiple times and will, no doubt, visit again.

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Sarah