Carl’s Jr. Redbank Plains Brisbane
I give Carl’s Jr. Redbank Plains
5 mediocre burgers out of 10
As you may know Carl’s Jr. is from America, which, you are sure to know, is the land of the free. Therefore they have access to all the freedom needed to make the best fast food restaurants in the world. No Barriers holding them back.
They fought hard for freedom and believe so deeply in the freedom that at one point they even took away France’s right to have the humble French fry named after them and renamed them freedom fries!
So surely America can do whatever it takes to make the best tasting burgers in the world. Nothing should stop them, not calories, not bureaucrats, not fear of an obesity epidemic, not anything.
Can you imagine though how one would feel if they misused this freedom. Or at least did not invest some of it into their fast food industry. Yet here I am, eating Carl’s Jr. wondering if maybe there’s a chance that they did not do so.
Let’s start with the Cheeseburger.
Hang on a sec, I do my research both at the time of eating and at the time of writing a review. Here’s what I found, even though I can’t see a list of ingredients on their website, carlsjr.com.au, you can tell from their photos that they clearly had ingredients missing from the burgers they served me.
As I ate the Cheeseburger I commented to my sister how it was strange that they didn’t put pickles on their burgers. Was that an American thing I ask?! Why wouldn’t they?! Pickles are massive these days, they are on so many burgers these days, especially a Cheeseburger. On their website the cheeseburger image clearly has pickles on it, yet there were zero pickles on the one I ate.
Now The Monster Burger, which I ordered not only because of it’s size but it was being advertised hard within their restaurant and looked good. Here’s what I got served.
But again comparing it to the Carl’s Jr. Website I see that they are missing a slice of cheese from it. They also just put the white sauce under the top bun and not on the bottom bun as depicted.
So here’s my question… What else is missing Carl’s Jr. Redbank Plains?
Is there seasoning missing, did they cook the burger right, or was it just thrown in a microwave or something? Look at the cheese on the Cheeseburger, nowhere near melted. Was the meat pattie even hot when it went on the burger? Was the cheese meant to be put on while on the grill to melt it? What went wrong there? Did they even put the right sauce on the burgers? I mean the Cheeseburger barely had any on it. Were the buns frozen and had to be defrosted in a microwave? No idea what went wrong that day. Therefore I’m not sure I even got the intended Carl’s Jr. experience.
So before writing this review this is where I decided to put them on a scale of McDonald’s to Hungry Jacks, where McDonald’s is clearly leaps and bounds ahead.
Let’s use an arbitrary scale. Without arguing where McDonald’s burgers are on a score out of 10. Let’s just say, based purely on the burgers themselves, we’re giving them a 7/10. Hungry Jacks to me is easily 5 points lower, therefore 2/10.
On this occasion, I’m putting Carl’s Jr. on par with Hungry Jacks, maybe I’ll give them a point more, so 3/10. That’s it. They tasted the way that Hungry Jacks taste like microwaved burgers.
Was there anything good?
Yeah, I’m happy enough to say the Crisscut Fries didn’t taste too bad at all. Despite about half of them looking more like a small potato scallop than a Crisscut Fry (I rearranged them to show what their meant to look like.)
So in conclusion, I remind you that I try not to have expectations when I go to a new place. Though seeing the Carl’s Jr. billboards everywhere up in lower Queensland I was very keen to try them. An American burger chain in Australia, I was excited!
But then unfortunately disappointed. Hence my overall score of 5/10