Summer Sunset Burger at Grill’d, Brookfield Place

I can’t be the only person to pronounce Grill’d as ‘Grill D’ can I? It’s the pronunciation that I thought of the first time I saw the name of the burger chain and every time since then. I’m not sure why. ‘Grill D’ just seems right. Earlier this week, my obviously strange pronunciation made for a very amusing discussion with a colleague. Humour and a sprinkling of embarrassment came part and parcel, naturally. 

I have since decided to go with it. Where opportune, I’ll include it in conversation with nonchalence. Will more people notice? Time will tell on this little social experiment. 

Grill’d, as it happens, is currently running a promo for the World Cup. Every time the Socceroos score a goal, that’s one free drink with a purchase banked if you’re signed up to the offer. Not bad at all. 

Lunch at Grill’d was decided. I ordered the Summer Sunset ‘Grass fed lean beef, avocado, crispy bacon, charred pineapple, salad, relish & herbed mayo’ for $14, and of course scored my free drink. The drink is any from their chiller. I grabbed a lime bitters.

There was hardly a wait once they’d managed to sort the troubled cash register. 

The first thing I noticed when the burger arrived was how solid it was. The bread bun and ingredients were compact and robust. I kid you not, this burger was assembled with a remarkable level of structural integrity. In all the burgers I’ve had this year, I haven’t had the pleasure of seeing such an exhibition. You could say I was more than impressed.

Tastewise, I couldn’t really have asked for more for the price. The seeded bun was a good quality bread. There was an abundance of fresh avocado and salad in every bite. The pineapple was a juicy addition. The patty was well-salted and grilled. The sauces were adequate. The entire offering was a thoughtful construction. It was simplicity executed well.

The venue was hip enough for the office crowd, cool enough for the cool cats, and loud enough to make lunch lively. The noise was good, a change from the staleness of the quiet office.

Expectation vs Reality: It did look fairly similar to the advertised picture… 

This burger exceeded expectations by a long shot. Grill’d grills a great burger. I’ll be back.

Taste verdict A burger place that is kicking goals.

⭐⭐⭐⭐

13 thoughts on “Summer Sunset Burger at Grill’d, Brookfield Place

      1. My favorite type of burgers are of the dairy queen variety, i.e., very compact & greasy. We have a place nearby called Shake Shack which does a very nice greasy burger, and I’ve been going every week, despite knowing better. Have you plans for the holidays? What is e. expecting to find in her stocking?

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      2. t, it’s the festive time of year, there’s no place for food guilt! Greasy is sometimes (make that oftentimes) exactly what you need. I had to look Dairy Queen up – looks like my type of food… what a feast for the eyes, let alone I imagine the belly!

        My plans for the holidays are unexciting: doing all things Christmassy – Xmas prep, helping Santa with the whole process from present selection to delivery (hmm, I’m starting to doubt him), recording myself singing carols (badly), watching my annual Xmas movie (The Santa Claus 1, 2, or 3, or Elf); Netflix (well, finding something to watch that I’ll then actually watch); R&R; and apart from that, the usual.

        I’ll expecting to find a ladder in my stocking, I always expect that. I kinda do the best pressies, stocking stuffers in my family, so my stocking is likely to include an envelope with a giftcard in it – or chocolates – which to be fair are things I like. 🙂

        How’s trefmas looking?

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      3. There are no DQ’s in my area either. I actually meant, Frosty Freeze, but they are cousins, so its OK. On the way to my mom’s (She lives high up on the mountains, with the bears, & the snow, & the rattlesnakes) there is a FF, at the point just before civilisation ends, and the forest takes over, and that is my usual stop (I am all about traditions). Though these types of burgers are getting harder to find, people want something closer to the Grill D (I would pronounce it with a pause, as in, Grill …d, or phonetically, Grill – pause- duh.) From what my mom tells me, even the Jamestown FF, has gone all up-scale on me, no longer selling my beloved greasy burgers. Ah, such is life. But I will soon find out for myself, as I am leaving this week for that very place. It will be a week of very little to do but watch all the Christmas specials, take walks into the woods, or just drink hot tea along with anything my mom happens to bake (she is an amazing baker, and we’ll usually bake something new each day, so by the end of the week we have a lot to take home.) I never have seen the Santa Claus, though I did record it, so maybe I will check that out this evening. My top Christmas specials are Charlie Brown (naturally), & March of the Wooden Soldiers (Laurel & Hardy), though if it involves Christmas in any way shape or fashion, I will watch it (I watched Elf, last night. So great.) Funny enough, I expect to find a ladder in my stocking, as well.

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      4. Grill D-type places are more common, but if all else fails how’s McDonalds for grease. I recently had a Big Mac that was a messy eat and highly unsatisfying, not greasy, just sauce all over and a dry patty; it brought on an existential moment after I ate it. Can’t do much better than a grease hit (or a Grease hit) after a long night, which it has been. I’m jelly of the DQ / FF options. Also, those names ‘Frosty Freeze’ in particular, I have to add, sound positively American to this vegemite muncher. 🙂

        Yours sounds like a dream getaway. A white Christmas, near the forest! That, with or without the bears and rattlesnakes, is something I haven’t had experienced. I picture something out a movie from what you describe. Hot tea with baked goods – yum; stories of baked goodies and famous dishes … a Tref cookery section?!

        Smells of Christmas in our household typically include a heap of savouries – sweet and sour prawns, roast turkey, fried noodles (‘long life’ noodles) that my mum does. Boozy mince pies, is something I should really attempt as a Christmas bake.

        Mr Claus is ever the elusive fellow. He leaves no traces nor footprints. Here in Oz, left out for his refreshment overnight on Xmas day are cookies only. High twenties or low thirties makes milk go bad. And the fridge isn’t locked. As the cookies are usually still there in their packets, I think he’s been on a diet. Or we’re leaving out the wrong cookies.

        I’m with you there, Christmas movies all the way. Christmas hijinks and humour is a big part of the festive season. As the years go by, feeling that Christmas spirit like I used to is harder. Getting into holiday mode isn’t easy as it once was; I miss the days when it was. I personally find Xmas movies and Buble’s Christmas album help.

        Haha, t, ladders must all the rage. I hope the big man in red recognises I’ve been more nice than naughty this year.

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      5. In regard to ladders for Christmas, according to my parents, and I have some memory of this, though not much: when I was a wee-lad, all I wanted for Christmas were screw-drivers (not the drink but the tool). That is all I would ask for. I never did get any, either, but I had a penchant for stealing them when we went visiting friends (I cannot conceive how I went about finding them.) Despite this urge toward tightening and loosening things, I am not at all that handy.

        All the food at your home sounds good to me.

        I should record my mom baking all these things for posterity, for I do not think I could duplicate them otherwise. When my grandmother passed, all pie making in the family ceased for all times. She was the only one who could make the crust the way we all prefer it. And in my family, these things are done one way or not at all. My mom makes a roll cake and it is incomparable, and I fear, one day, they, too, will just be something we talk about in the past tense. Many in the family have tried to duplicate it, but non have succeeded. I’ll take a picture of it for you, should she make another this year.

        Felling the Christmas spirit is trickier, true. But I give it my best try anyway. There is no more depressing song than, Toyland, and the line, “Once you cross its border, you can ne’er return again.” I call bs! Borders be damned!

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      6. That’s both hilarious and impressive, t. The stealing, commitment right there. Wee-lad, on the topic of ladders, I have to smile.

        Absolutely, that is an idea, get the camera rolling, t. It’s so very possible with recording capability at the fingertips – and these are treasured memories, a legacy to be preserved and wondered at in years to come. Most of us I guess don’t think about these things because it’s not something anyone would want to think about – then wish we maybe had. On a similar note, mum says she needs to write her recipes down for us, just so we can recreate them any time we want, because none of us actually stands around in the kitchen to properly learn how she does things. I should, as the middle child-only daughter, I really should…

        Hear hear; nay, to those lyrics!

        One is never too old and never not young at heart. I am a big believer in the timelessness of the enjoyment of things – Christmas, Lego, sandcastles, jumping in leaves (when no one’s watching!)

        Photos of cake, or food, I can always do with 🙂

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      7. I’d never really thought about the most depressing Xmas song — one fresh Toyland listen just: you’re right, this is it.

        Jingle Bell Rock to the rescue, phew; enough gloom flicking over to the news.

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  1. Toyland is still a beautiful song, nevertheless, & I love a haunting Christmas song. Christmas Time Is Here” is one, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”, is another. Especially the line, “Through the years we all will be to-gether … if the fates allow” If the fates allow?! Curse you fates! I cannot count on the fates for anything.

    “Toyland”, is the theme of the film, March of the Wooden Soldiers. If you haven’t yet seen it, you should. It is the perfect Christmas movie, and the music by Victor Herbert is quite good. It is also Laurel & Hardy’s most accomplished film. And while, normally, I wouldn’t recommend the colorised version of an old film, in this case, the colorisation was completely warranted.

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    1. Christmas music has such a feel to it. I’ve gotten caught up in the melodies and haven’t paid the lyrics the attention they deserve it seems. These words to mull over, meanings hidden in plain sight are really quite fascinating. Hearing Xmas lyrics could lead I suspect to a few revelations in songs I’ve been enjoying forever, without a lit candle to what’s actually being sung about in places. Have Yourself a Merry Christmas, for one. It’s interesting, after all my listens to this song, too. The song’s such a favourite of mine. I recorded myself singing it last year my inaugural annual (Queen-inspired) Christmas message to the fam, as I called it. Mental note to exercise a little active listening or shall I say lyric cognition in the background as I enjoy the carols.

      Thanks for your thoughts, t! March of the Wooden Soldiers sounds like a good movie. I’ll get my popcorn and give it a watch this year.

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