Carl’s Jr – restaurant review

A new player has entered the fast food game in Australia. Too long has the burger monopoly been held by the likes of McDonalds and Hungry Jacks, allowing the masses of Australia to stave of hunger while losing the battle against obesity with a limited choice of bun and patty options.
Carl’s Jr, while being active since 1941 in the US of A, has been slowly spreading internationally, including their brand new restaurant at Redbank Plains…which my wife and I decided to visit with our daughter yesterday.
My daughter has had a strange fascination with Carl’s Jr. With amazingly limited advertising (by limited, I mean none), she has been talking about Car’s Jr for a number of years (I think she might have seen videos about Carl’s on YouTube that definitely caught her eye, piqued her curiosity and stirred her appetite).

Prices are awesome

The first thing we noticed upon arriving at Car’s Jr was the pricing.  Signs outside of the restaurant highlighted burger prices that were more than reasonable (if the food is any good).

Entering Carl’s, you are greeted by a tidy area with loads of wood and metal and a drink dispenser (which immediately hints at value for money when you know that you are able to refill your cups.  Large electronic signage show images of menu items with names like “Thickburger”, the “Double Western”, “The Big Carl” as well as “Hand scooped shakes”.

We were promptly delivered out food – A Western Bacon Cheeseburger, A Hawaiian Chicken burger, A Chicken Fillet as well as some fries, a soda cup and a vanilla shake.

The shake was amazing.

My Western Bacon – Chargrilled 100% Beef patty, bacon, melted American cheese, crispy onion rings and tangy BBQ sauce on a seeded bun.- was fantastic

The Hawaiian Chicken burger – Chargrilled chicken breast, chargrilled pineapple slice, Swiss cheese, red onions, tomato, lettuce, mayo and Teriyaki sauce served on honey wheat bun – was delicious (apparently it felt like real food, not a piece of highly processed, poor quality rubbish)

It is quite refreshing to have fast food that seemed fresh and seemed like a home cooked burger done well.

Will we go back?  Of course we will….pity it is so far away.


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