Grill Meats Beer
It looks like 2pm of an afternoon is the quietest time to actually get a space at Grill Meats Beer to sample the offerings (open at noon 7 days).
The food is tasty and interesting and accompanied by good service (with entertaining tee’s worn by the staff), and a reasonably efficient turnaround time once seated. The menu is mostly meaty (as you’d expect), with a selection of burgers, a delicious sounding ‘pulled pork banh mi’ (slow spicy roasted pork with pickled carrot, cucumber, coriander etc), and a number of small and tasting plates (an interesting side of kim chi spicy pickled cabbage spotted).
The fish popcorn with orange aioli, and barley, feta and capsicum salad both hit the mark on this side of the table, while the chicken burger on a brioche bun was noted as tasty with real chicken thigh and an interesting deep fried onion rosti cake but maybe a smidge overpriced at $20 without any kind of side (a theme across the board, especially for drinks).
The decor is simple, the music lively, and an overall noisy buzzy atmosphere prevails. The coffee is ‘soft brew’ only (ergo filter), and there are only a couple of desserts and non-meaty mains to satisfy the carbophiles, so be prepared for a protein fix.
Definitely worth a visit in Upper Cuba Street, but pick your time. No bookings for tables at any time, limited capacity to handle groups (be early and see if you can get at the single bigger table that could hold 8-10) and possibly long waits (1.5 hours+ last Wednesday evening) so be warned. It may however settle a little after the initial excitement passes.