Australia’s favourite burger brand Grill’d has just arrived in the heart of Seminyak. And while it takes ample inspiration from its Australian counterparts, the Bali incarnation of the company has introduced an array of Indonesian-inspired twists to its menu, especially when it comes to its drinks.
At the helm of the Grill’d bar is experienced bartender Gogon. Born I Komang Anik Adiputra, the East Bali native has spent the past 20 years in the hospitality industry, having first been introduced to the mixology realm at the Alila Hotel in Karangasem; “That was my first experience in bartending where I realised by interest to learn and improve myself within that field,” he explains.
With a career spanning the likes of KU DE TA, PotatoHead, and Bikini Bar among others, Gogon has more recently joined the Grill’d team. Constructing the drinks menu, he took inspiration from the company’s food philosophy; “When creating the cocktails, the food concept of Grill’d inspired me a lot. Grill’d uses fresh local ingredients and so from that concept we make craft cocktails by using ingredients that we source from a local farm, this also makes it easier to control the quality and consistency of the product.”
Ingredients unique to the island, from fruit to spices and herbs, have been integrated into the cocktail list, including local tonic jamu. “Butterfly Kisses is my favourite,” says Gogon of the jamu-inspired tipple. “Inspired by our famous healthy jamu drink, this is a three-layered cocktail made from a selection of good quality local herbs and spices, combined with high-quality gin. We have infused the gin with butterfly pea flower, which has great health benefits, and mixed it with a homemade turmeric cordial, one of Indonesia’s most famous spices.”
Grill’d Bali is located at Jalan Kayu Jati no 3X, Petitenget Beach, Seminyak and will be open daily from 10am – 2am.
Established in Melbourne in 2004, Grill’d is one of the largest privately-owned restaurant groups in Australia. With 138 burger restaurants across Australia and one in Bali, Grill’d employs more than 4,000 staff, and prides itself on working with local suppliers to ensure the provenance, quality and freshness of all its ingredients. Over the years, Grill’d has been recognised for its outstanding service and dedication to excellence by winning awards such as KPMG’s Top 10 Australian Brands in Customer Experience Award and Roy Morgan’s Australian Customer Satisfaction Award for Quick Service Restaurant Of The Year in 2018, and No. 1 Best Restaurant Chain in Asia-Pacific by Conde Nest Traveller in 2014.
Additionally, each Grill’d restaurant donates money back into their local community each month. Through this ‘Local Matters’ program, Grill’d has donated more than $4.5 million to local communities across Australia over the past 15 years.