Since opening in October 2017, Grill-It has quickly become a firm favourite with locals in Tettenhall and our restaurant reviewer, Helen Taylor, couldn’t wait to find out why.
I’d been meaning to pay a visit to Grill-It ever since it opened. I’d heard plenty of rave reviews and watched as the premises quickly expanded from a small take-out to a fair-sized restaurant.
It was a Saturday night when I went to the restaurant with Heather – an old friend who moved to Wales 10 years ago but was staying in Wolverhampton for the weekend – we had plenty to talk about and lots to catch up on but, before we even stepped inside conversation was firmly fixed on food.
In fact, Heather had heard all about Grill-It’s delicious menu before she even left Haverfordwest, thanks to her friends on facebook who’d been so impressed with the succulent barbeque chicken and homemade hummus, they’d just had to share their thoughts online.
So, she knew that there wasn’t a better choice for some great food than at the Tettenhall Road-based eatery.
Unsurprisingly, the restaurant was pretty busy when we arrived at 6.30pm, with plenty of customers calling in to collect take-out orders, as well as those enjoying the relaxed atmosphere in the seating area.
What was perhaps most obvious though was the diverse age-range of diners, who all had one thing in common: a love of great food.
Decorated in a contemporary style, Grill-It’s modern and laid-back vibe makes it an easy place to dine out whether you’re dashing in after the gym, starting a big night out, enjoying a family meal or even a first date.
And, that’s exactly how owner, Costas Xiourouppa, wife Nathalie Zabbal and best friend Paul Danks of 35 years had planned it, as Costas explained when we chatted at the restaurant.
Passionate about flavour-packed food and keen to draw on culinary influences from Cyprus – his home country – as well as traditional food inspired by his wife – Nathalie’s – Lebanese heritage, Costas has created a mouth-watering menu that’s full of fresh, bold flavours. And the best part is; it’s all healthy too.
So, we grabbed a couple of menus, ordered a drink and sat down to decide on what to try first, which was pretty difficult considering the choice on offer and the value-for-money prices.
There was an impressive selection of pizzas, wraps, burgers and salads, as well as a great selection of vegetarian options too.
And, reassuringly for Heather – who has a nut allergy – the staff at Grill-It were able to assure her that all dishes were free from nuts.
We opted for a platter to start: olives, flat-bread coated with a scrumptious garlic dip and the best homemade hummus you’ve ever tasted.
From the starter alone it was clear to see just how much of a difference Costas and Nathalie’s culinary influences have made to the dishes at Grill-It and I was set to enjoy even more authentic flavour when I ordered my main meal.
As a vegetarian and a big fan of halloumi, my choice was obvious: a halloumi wrap served with homemade spicy rice and fries. Heather was certain that she wanted to try Grill It’s grilled chicken that she’d heard so much about, so she ordered a Caesar Salad.
Despite the restaurant getting pretty busy, the friendly staff dealt with every order efficiently and within no time we were enjoying the next course.
When halloumi is on the menu it’s always my first choice and I’ve eaten plenty of halloumi out over the years, but when I tried my wrap I knew there was something special, so I just had to find out more.
Not content with the cheese available from his suppliers, Costas explained that to ensure the best quality and authentic flavour he’d sourced his halloumi direct from Cyprus.
And his commitment to quality really paid off: the wrap was amazing.
Thinking that things couldn’t get any better I took a mouthful of the spicy rice and was equally blown-away by the mouth-watering flavours.
Heather meanwhile was busy explaining just how perfectly cooked the chicken was: moist, succulent and complete with that unbeatable barbeque flavour.
To be honest, the chicken looked so good that if I wasn’t thoroughly enjoying my choice – and a vegetarian – I’d have been tempted to take a bite.
The portion sizes were generous and everything was presented invitingly. In fact, there was nothing left when we’d finished eating and looking around at our fellow diners that seemed to be a common trend.
Feeling as though we couldn’t possibly eat another thing, yet not wanting to leave without a sweet treat, we decided to share a dessert. And, there’s no better choice than warm cookie dough and vanilla ice cream.
Proving that they can do sweet just as well as savoury, the dessert provided the perfect end to a perfect meal.
It really is no surprise that the business is going from strength-to-strength and with plans to build a brand new patio area in time for summer next year, there’s no doubt that Grill-It’s loyal customer-base will continue to grow.
But, perhaps the real testament to the restaurant’s delicious grub though, is the fact that despite not seeing each other for nearly two years, our conversation stayed pretty much on food all night long.
As we left I said to Heather that I couldn’t wait to call in again. Unfortunately for her, she’ll just have to wait until she’s next back in Wolverhampton.
Grill-It, 291 Tettenhall Road, Newbridge, Wolverhampton WV6 0LE.
For table bookings please call 01902 302303