Most epic love stories do not involve beer bellies, but this one does. Long long ago (okay, about three years ago) in a land far far away (let’s call it Wellington, New Zealand) a couple entrepreneurially minded restauranteurs (Shaun Clouston, Debbie Jones and Stephen Logan) decided to open a kick ass burger joint that we’re all fired up about.
You can ease into the menu with a selection of beerginnings (popcorn fish with orange aioli and Japanese fried chicken with tonkatsu mayo plus lemon are just a few of the options in Grill Meats Beer’s starting line up).
We couldn’t pace ourselves, so we skipped ahead like giddy teenagers and headed straight into the “from the grill” and burger options.
Love at first sight began when we met a handsome burger named the devil’s advocate (beef, smoked cheddar, bacon, jalapeños, habanero mayo and devil sauce served with chili fries). It met its match when we paired it with a bavette steak that was served with chipotle, lime, garlic butter, portobello mushrooms, bacon and smoked cheddar croquettes.
We also fell head over heels for Grill Meats Beer’s manchego and jalapeño hush puppies. Since we’re a sucker for love stories, we couldn’t end our excursion without asking if we could swap out our burger’s chili fries for Grill Meats Beer’s fat fries.
We were glad we followed our heart. The fat fries are scrumptious.
The casual laid back eatery that Clouston, Jones and Logan have created has a nice relaxed atmosphere which might be surprising if you’re only familiar with Logan Brown (their high end contemporary restaurant located in a former bank on Cuba Street).
The staff we encountered we helpful and even offered spot on recommendations for other places to eat during our stay in Wellington. In the end, we wish we could have had a more serious long term relationship with Grill Meats Beer, but long distance is tough. I suppose we’ll always have Wellington and boy did we enjoy our vacation fling while it lasted.
Grill Meats Beer
227 Cuba Street
Wellington, New Zealand
Hours: Tuesday Through Sunday Noon to Late
Phone: 04 801 8787
Pricing (All in New Zealand Dollars or NZD): Beerginning/Starters $10.00 to $16.00, Burgers $15.00 to $22.50, Grill Items $18.00 to $36.00, Sides $5.00 to $11.00, Desserts $7.50 to $10.00, Beers $8.50 to $29.00, Wines by the Glass $10.00 to $15.00, Specialty GMB Cocktails $13.00 to $15.00