Arriba Grill – Cumberland Park

Arriba Grill is a franchise with 5 stores around the country, 2 in Queensland and 3 here in South Australia. The Goodwood store is basic in design with the LCD screens behind the counter giving it a slight modern touch. The store itself is really tiny. I counted 14 seats at this place. This consisted for 3 normal sized tables and one small coffee table. I sat at one of the big tables with good lighting for my photos and that probably deprived 3 other people of seats.

The place is like a Mexican Subway store that incorporates a unique ordering system. All customers are given a menu, you write your name and tick a few boxes, and your order is prepared. It’s actually quite simplistic and clever if you think about it. The main selling point at this place is that all the ingredients are fresh and organic. When the word “organic” is used, that just means I’m going to be paying more for my meal.

Tonight, I ordered the Beef Bowl. It consisted of beef, black beans, lime rice, pinto beans, tomato, lettuce, cheese and jalapeno. The dish was nicely presented, however my bowl was slightly smaller than the pictures they have on their facebook page. The beef had a nice chargrilled flavour, however it was over cooked. The vegetables were fresh and the beans were really bland. The only excitement coming from this dish was the jalapenos.

Beef Bowl

Beef Bowl

The staff here were really friendly and they actually looked like they enjoyed working there. The pricing is fair with the most expensive main dish being $12, although if you want extras, it will cost you a bit more. The atmosphere was relaxed, and because of the limited seating, most of their clients are takeaway customers.

I like the concept and simplicity of this place, as well as the service. The food on the other hand was a bit of a let down. When you eat out, the food just has to taste good. Everything else about the place is really secondary.

WHERE: 476 Goodwood Rd, Cumberland Park

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