Food adventure @ Grill’d - The Coat of Arms Burger
There’s a new Aussie burger in town and it’s something of a real beaut. (Ah, it’s times like these that I’m glad my blog isn’t video recorded or anything because my accents are terrible…)
With Australia Day right around the corner, Grill’d has unveiled their nine months in the making Coat of Arms Burger. In reference to the two animals that feature on the Australian coat of arms, the patty comprises a blend of kangaroo and emu meat. But more on that later…
With only one restaurant in each state (minus NT, SA and Tassie) selling the burger, the Little Bourke Street venue is where Victorians need to go if they want to get their hands on this burger. Being my first time at this particular Grill’d restaurant, I was a little surprised to see such a familiar yet equally-foreign setting. My literal thought process was: oh, another converted warehouse interior with funky decor items. Surprise surprise… But wait… This can’t be Grill’D? The large sign at the entrance said yes.
Options: panini or tradition bun.
The Coat of Arms - kangaroo and emu patty, native thyme mayo, beetroot, quandongs, Meredith Dairy goats cheese, caramelised onion, mesculin, fresh tomato & bush tomato relish.
For a detailed description of the ingredients, you can visit the Coat of Arms burger link here.
Prior to this burger, my palate had never experienced the taste of kangaroo or emu meat and I was preparing myself for an onslaught of unpleasant gaminess. But it never came. Instead, in my first bite and the ones that followed, it was the accompanying ingredients that stole the show, featuring a strong burst of sweet flavour from the relish and caramelised onions. The ingredients tasted super fresh and the significant portion of lettuce and tomato helped to balance out the sweetness and the sour cream cheese taste from the goats cheese. The occasional encounters with the tangy Quandong berry, an Australian native fruit, provided another element of flavour that blended in well with the other components. The last few bites were more enjoyable: minus the beetroot (not a fan) and with less sweet ingredients, I was able to appreciate the natural flavours of the meat (not as gamy as I had anticipated) and the herbed thyme mayo.
While the burger isn’t quite what comes to mind when the words Aussie burger is mentioned, closer inspection of the ingredient list would say otherwise. Straying from the conventional combo of say, egg+beef, many of the ingredients celebrate the native flavours that come from the lands deeper within Australia. Now that’s a true Aussie burger… fair dinkum mate.
What you need to know: For Melburnians, the burger will only be sold at the Little Bourke Street Store, available until January 31st. There’s only 50 burgers sold per day so first in, first served. And if you do miss out, there’s plenty of other tasty picks to choose from on their menu!
I would like to thank Grill’d for the invitation and opportunity to try the Coat of Arms burger.
Disclosure: the opinions expressed in this post are based entirely on my experience and observations made during the time of my visit.
369 Little Bourke St,
Melbourne, Victoria, 3000.
(03) 9670 7100