Grill’d, Southbank, Melbourne
The closest Grill’d to the Yarra River is over in the Southgate centre in Southbank, battling it out for yo’ food dollars against a tide of other food vendors. Setup at Grill’d Southbank isn’t quite as nice as a full store, but staff are as chirpy as always.
In the UK, there isn’t a chain dangling the healthy angle for burgers. And a small part of me does miss the wholesomeness that is Grill’d. Back in the day there were doing some crazy (read: ill-conceived) marketing campaign offering free burgers. Of course I took advantage of this! The only catch was painting a nail to raise awareness of a social charity. But actually, I had a look and didn’t find the organisation in question so much a charity.
Back to the food! At Grill’d Southbank I went for a lamb option on this occasion, specifically the Baa Baa Burger, which also came with avocado, cheese, salad, (hold the) relish and the almighty, heavenly herbed mayo. I just want a straw for that mayo, it’s so good.
The first half of the burger was decently good, but the second ended up wet and a bit difficult for us (yeah ’cause we shared, we’re weird like that) to finish off. The patty itself tasted lamb-like enough and the overall dish wasn’t too baa-d at all. Sorry, I couldn’t resist.
I still probably prefer the beef option here. Lamb is a nice point of difference (I’ve never seen it dare been put on a menu in London) so it’s interesting enough but beef wins out in the end. Because there are so many nice stores around, I would recommend checking out another of the proper stores. Grill’d Southbank is nice enough, but it costs no extra to get a better dine in setting.