I've been hanging out a bit of late on eat street (aka Church St) in Parramatta with my boys. This strip of food lusciousness has me hooked, you can eat everything from very posh Japanese (Sabu) to a good old fashion burger as well as loads of fabulous pasta and pizza. And the thing is, all of these eateries are child friendly, the West knows how to look after their bambinos!
Our latest dining experience was at Grill'd - a healthy burger joint, created by the burger loving Simon Crowe. They promise to deliver "a great tasting meal that is also good for you." Now I'm not sure how good my burger and fries were for me, but they did taste awesome, so I'm just going to pretend that they were good for me and therefore I can confirm that they do stand by their promise!
When you walk into Grill'd it is both hip and retro at the same time. Gorgeous young chicky babes who look far too young to have left school are wearing red and white polka dot bandannas around their heads and they beam at you with their perfect white smiles. The menu is up on black boards above your head - everything from the most basic of burgers to fancy pants numbers like Bombay Bliss (vegie burger) and Grill'd Bird & Brie. You can choose what type of roll your burger comes on - panini, regular wholemeal or gluten free. Grill'd also do some sexy sounding salads like Chicken, Pomegranate & Goats Cheese. My eyes went straight to the kids menu and it seemed to be pretty good value at $7.90 - this included either a beef or chicken burger, fries and a juice. The caveat is that the meals are for kids under 7 years.
Once you have ordered, you take a number and park yourself on one of their funky tables. We opted to sit outside, so that we could do some people watching, as there is some mighty fine people watching to be done on Church St! If you sit inside you can watch all of the sweet young things go about their business and also check out the cool graffiti murals on the walls.
The little bull's meals came in no time at all and boy were they fantastic! Firstly they came in very cool cardboard boxes, when you opened a box up, inside was the burger, the delicious fries, a popper AND an activity pack with colouring pencils. For $7.90 this was very good value indeed. The little bulls devoured their meals and sat contentedly colouring in whilst Mr Munch and I compared notes on all of the passers by.
When our meals came we had absolutely no complaints. Firstly the fries were awesome - thick, perfectly crisp and dusted in the special Grill'd herb mix, they were served in a cute disposable container ($4.50).
Mr Munch had the no frills burger (Simply Grill'd) which he declared to be far better than his beloved Big Mac. I went for the bit more fancy Moroccan Lamb Burger - it contained a very juicy 100% grass fed lean lamb pattie with roasted peppers, tzatziki, salad and relish. I would certainly choose it over a Maccas burger any day, actually I would convince the boys to go to Grill'd over Maccas every time if I could! If you are into counting your calories (which unfortunately I'm not) each item on the menu has its kilojoule count listed next to it - except interestingly the fries!!
Now some other tidbits about Grill'd to convince you to eat there next time you have a thang for burgers, is that it is completely Australian, uses all Australian products and they give back to the local community. Each month they select 3 local community groups to support and you have a choice of which one will receive the money. The program is called Local Matters, when we dined the choice was between a local youth ballroom dancing company, a hockey team and an local soccer team. You get a bottle top once you place your order and then you toss it into the pot of the group you think deserves support - I went with the ballroom dancers, just to annoy my 3 boys! Grill'd have locations all over Sydney (2 in Parramatta) as well as Victoria (where it originated), Western Australia and Queensland, so if you're travelling it's the perfect spot for a family meal.
At Grill'd there is plenty of room to manoeuvre and park your pram, lots of high chairs but unfortunately there isn't a baby change table in the loo. There is plenty of room for one, so I might drop them a line to suggest they add one just to make their joint oh so child friendly!
So tell me dear parents if you had a choice between Maccas and Grill'd where would you go?
310 Church St Parramatta NSW 2150
02 9891 6003
Open 7 days from 11am for lunch & dinner