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Grill’d, Crows Nest

April 11, 2011 — 8 Comments

Sometimes you feel like some good basic food, something like a hamburger. I’ve been before to Grill’d at Crows Nest (with multiple other locations), serving interesting hamburger combinations, and decided to get back there. The hamburgers are full of fresh, healthy ingredients, and the herbed fries tasty.

What’s on the menu?

Here are some of the burgers on the menu, including beef, chicken, lamb and vegetarian:

  • Almighty: grilled 100% lean beef, tasty cheese, crispy trim bacon, free range egg, a couple of slices of beetroot with salad, relish and herbed mayo
  • Tuscan Delight: grilled chicken breast, roasted peppers, basil pesto, tasty cheese, salad and herbed mayo
  • Baa Baa Burger: grilled lean lamb pattie with avocado, tasty cheese, salad, relish and herbed mayo
  • Bombay Bliss: premium quality chickpea pattie with roasted peppers, tzatziki, salad and relish

They also serve salads for the times when you don’t want a hamburger.

What we ate

Last time I had the Zen Hen hamburger: grilled chicken breast with tangy satay sauce, coriander, shredded carrot, salad and herbed mayo:

There was lots of carrot, and the satay sauce is gentle, not overpowering, just adding to the mixture of flavours.

The buns are quality, light, and satisfying. You can choose to have a panini bun, the traditional (a wholemeal blend) with or without sesame seeds, or a gluten-free bun.

Their fries are thick-cut, crunchy on the outside, soft in the middle. They’re advertised as being cooked in low-cholesterol oil. They’re served herbed, and you can also order freshly made dipping sauces such as sweet chili mayo or herbed mayo.

There are plenty of tables inside and out. We sat out today, watching the world go by. Fun watching the people of all shapes and sizes and ages go by.

My choice for today was the Back Bar steak sandwich: grilled scotch fillet, crispy trim bacon, rocket, feta, tomato, spanish onion, tomato relish, herbed mayo on ciabatta::

Here’s how it looked inside:

Very tasty. I think I’d like any of the burgers served there, with the interesting, fresh ingredients. Serves are large, and I’ve wondered if their mini-burgers may even be big enough, especially with a serve of fries.

Sure, you could call this fast food, just because it’s burgers, but it’s a cut above, with fresh ingredients, flavourful, good-sized portions. Grill’d does satisfy the urge for a good burger.


Here are the details for Grill’d at time of posting, but please check their web site for current details:

Web site
Address 57 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest, NSW 2065
Phone (02) 9436 0699
Open Mon: 11am – 10pm
Tue: 11am – 10pm
Wed: 11am – 10pm
Thu: 11am – 11pm
Fri: 11am – 11pm
Sat: 11am – 11pm
Sun: 11am – 10pm
Menu Hamburgers, salads. Mains: $10-$15
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Where do you go when you feel the need for a good hamburger?

Sous le Soleil (“Under the sun”) have two restaurants, one in St Ives, and one in Roseville. This is about a meal at the St Ives one, in the old Headmaster’s Cottage.

As you walk in to the old house, the rooms at the front have all sorts of French things for sale, including soaps, lotions, and art. The restaurant is in the back half of the house, spilling out onto an outdoor terrace.

There’s something warm and intimate about the rooms inside the house, with the terrace being much more open and airy, so you can choose the location with the atmosphere you prefer. It was a cool day when I visited, so I was glad to be indoors.

While I was waiting for my meal to arrive, I enjoyed nibbling on some very tasty sourdough, which had been toasted, so was crispy on the outside, and soft and warm on the inside. I think the heat brought out the fullness of the flavour, which had an almost nuttiness to it.

They had some tempting things on the menu, such lamb shank pie, or nicoise salad. Normally I choose something which seems unique to each place, to try something different (unless it’s a favourite, like char kway teo, when I’ll choose it frequently). This time I knew I was having dinner out, so didn’t want a heavy meal. And so I chose the carpaccio of peppered veal with fig, grapes, Kipfler potatoes and a salad of beetroot, melba toast, and horseradish cream.

The plate looked a work of art. The kipfler potatoes were in small chunks, half-hidden under the melba toast in the picture above. The horseradish and the pepper added two different sorts of zing to the lightly seared veal. There was a good mix of textures and flavours, which kept every mouthful interesting.

As that was light, there was just enough room for a light dessert, still not wanting to overdo it for lunch. I chose the “Rosedale Delight”: strawberry and rosewater fool, fresh strawberries drizzled with Grand Marnier and topped with a toasted meringue.

The strawberry and rosewater fool was light and not too sweet, with the rosewater not overpowering it, but adding a gentleness to it. A gorgeous, light dessert.

The staff were friendly and helpful. Now I’d like to try the Roseville Sous le Soleil, to see how they compare.


Here are the details for Sous le Soleil at St Ives. Check their web site for current information.

Web site
Address 175 Rosedale Road (corner of Mona Vale Rd), St Ives NSW 2075
Phone (02) 9983 1188
Open Tuesday to Saturday:
Lunch: 12.00pm -2.00pm
Dinner: 6.00pm – Close
Menu French, Mains: $18-$31
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How do you choose what to order? Tried and true, old favourites? Or, something new?