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My other half and I decided to go to GBk on canary wharf after work for our dinner last night. I had never been to one before but he had.
The main attraction was that I had a voucher for 2 burgers for £10 which seemed like a good deal to me.
The normal price on the menu was around £8-12 which I think is a lot as it doesn't come with chips or anything.
The menu showed a huge variety of toppings etc - I really was spoilt for choice!
Unfortunately GBK is the sort of place where you have to go up to the counter to place your order. I didn't realise before we went that that was the system. I have never been a fan of placing your own order! If I go out for dinner I want to be waited on!
As I have already mentioned, the burgers don't come with chips or anything so you do have to buy those separately and they are around £3 a portion.
I ordered a glass of white wine and it came in a tumbler which I found rather odd!
The food came out quickly. Very quickly. Suspiciously quick...
The burgers were smaller than I had imagined they would be for the price. I would say they were only really on par work a mcd or BK rather than when you go to Hard Rock or something.
They were tasty though. I had the blue cheese and it really was lovely, the only complaint is that the food was only really lukewarm and considering there were only about 10 people in the restaurant, I was unimpressed.
So overall with my voucher we had 2 burgers 1 chips a wine and a beer and it was £25. Not bad but I wouldn't have paid more than that for it.
So would I go again? Probably not. Sorry.
We went to the new GBK in the Metrocentre, and I have to say, after the inital excitement of seeing that a GBK had opened in the region, we were left very disappointed! First of all, upon looking at the menu, the average price of the burgers was somewhere around the £10 mark (that doesn't include chips or any sides or anything), you then had to pay a ridiculous amount for extras - e.g. £1.65 for ONE slice of cheese.
Service was slow, it took about 25 minutes to get our drinks and when the food did finally come out, it was very average. The burgers were both overcooked - although they had said that the "standard" way of cooking them was to cook them medium, and the chips were just plain old oven chips.
I'm glad we tried it just to see whether the fuss about this place is justified but I wouldn't go back. The Handmade Burger Company is cheaper and does bigger, better burgers!
Whilst on a recent trip to London we were looking for somewhere to have a late lunch and having missed breakfast something substantial!
We came across the Gourmet Burger Kitchen not far from our hotel by Tower Bridge in London.
Having never come across a Gourmet Burger Kitchen or GBK, as they are often known, I was a little unsure of what to expect; McDonalds or restaurant type?
From the outside it was pleasant looking and quite inviting sort of upmarket fast food chain with some nice out door seating.
On entering it was different though and we waiting by the door to be seated which was pretty much instantaneous, the seating is comfortable but basic leather long couches like you would find in a 50's place, alongside some smaller separate tables and chairs. On the wall behind us was a ginormous blackboard with the different burgers/menu written on it. Aside from this we were also given a menu with detailed information about each burger and sides.
I was immediately impressed with the variety of vegetarian choice! Not your usual one veggie burger but four!!
****SO LETS GET DOWN TO BUSINESS AND ORDER****
Our waitress came over to give us our menus and explained that we should go to the counter and order/pay once we had decided what we wanted. Our waitress then said something but talking a little fast and with a European accent I missed it except something about monkeys??? Wasn't sure if I had heard that right so I had to ask again and yes it was monkeys!! To be exact monkey nuts! You get a cup each and have free ones while you wait which you scoop from a large barrel - a novel idea but fun and appetizing.
My chap chose CLASSIC - a basic beef burger with salad.
I chose the JOLLY COW - a large grilled mushroom with Gorgonzola cheese, onion rings, salad, garlic mayo and relish! All inside a brioche bun.
For our sides my chap had chunky fries whilst I chose rosemary skinny fries.
Our burgers and fries all arrived together in a reasonable time which was good to me as I knew that my burger had been cooked to order and not just conveyer belted out like many fast food chain ones.
It looked lovely from the start the burgers each had a wood stick through to keep them together which was a nice touch as falling all over the plate is never a good look.
My chap really enjoyed his classic burger saying it was juicy and cooked perfectly with not to much salad that it overpowered the burger. His chunky fries were crispy and fat and came in there own little white pot - he didn't leave a bit.
My jolly cow - what can I say was divine to me. The mushroom was a size that it fitted the bottom of the bun almost perfectly with Gorgonzola dripping over the top of the mushroom and the salad on top with relish and mayo. The cheese made it slightly messy as it does drip if you are not careful but it tasted so good I didn't care! My fries were skinny - very skinny and curly - with rosemary scattered over them tasted crisp, very nice and a little unusual, but difficult to pick up as they were so skinny. I too never left a bit.
****PRICE AND WOULD I GO AGAIN?****
Price the classic at the time was £6.95 and chunky fries £3.25
The Jolly cow was £ 8.95 and skinny rosemary fries were £2.95
Ok the prices are more than your average burger bar, however I do feel I got value for money as it tasted and looked so good.
The prices are around this for all of the burgers whether beef/chicken/veggie/lamb. The also so specialty ones of wild boar and buffalo, there really does seem something for everyone.
For full menu see there website www.gbk.co.uk and are on both Facebook and twitter. Worth a look as they also have details of charity things and good causes they are supporting.
They have various places situated around the country and I will certainly go again if I see one - plus the fact they give you a loyalty card where you get a few side after two visits, a free certain burgers on the fourth and any free burger on the sixth, a good incentive to me!
Review maybe posted on dooyoo and ciao under the same username.
I recently visited the Nottingham branch of GBK which is located in the courtyard area of Trinity Square. I didn't realise when we went in that there isn't actually any table service, you have to go up to the counter yourselves and order, which is a bit of a pain when the restaurant is busy.
I ordered a blue cheese burger at a cost of just under £8 and skinny fries at about £2. I wouldn't mind paying this for a burger in a restaurant but considering you have to do everything yourself apart from cook the food, I thought this was a bit steep. However, the service was quite quick and we didn't have to wait long for our meals. One of the advantages of this place is that you can help yourself to free nuts while you wait, which was an unexpected bonus!
The blue cheese burger was very nice and was made with good quality beef but I don't think I would order skinny fries again. They were literally skinnier than matchsticks and a bit of a pain to eat! I did like the plastic tomatoes filled with ketchup and made a nice change to having to use those awful sachets.
Another thing I noticed at GBK was their charity work and campaign for saving the kiwi bird which is New Zealand, which is where GBK originates. As well as this they carry out local chairty work and their brand is defintely based on being part of a community.
To summarise, I was satisfied with the food and am impressed with what GBK stands for, but if you have to order your food yourself I believe the prices need dropping slightly
Gourmet Burger Kitchen, or more commonly known as GBK, is an upmarket burger restaurant specialising in a range of delicious burgers with beef chicken, lamb and vegetarian options. I first visited one of these restaurants in London and I was enticed in by the warm, welcoming and down to earth atmosphere. Upon being seated, I was asked whether I'd visited a GBK before and then told that when I was ready to order I could do so at the till. This is similar to the system in place at Nandos which I enjoy as there is no rush to order, you can simply go to the till when you're 100% sure what you'd like.
The price you will pay for a burger and chips on average is £10 which seems huge in comparison to an all familiar mcdonalds or burger king. However, these burgers are in a different league; with extra toppings such as bacon, mushrooms, avocado, pineapple, cranberry and sweet chilli, you can create a beef/chicken/veggie/lamb burger that suits you to perfection! When you order a beef burger you are asked whether you want the meat rare/medium or well done, this just reflects the freshness to which these burgers are created- the taste just like steak in a bun! GBK also does delicious homemade milkshakes (think and in a huge can) as well as a range of homemade sauces to accompany your meal such as garlic mayo.
To overcome the prices GBK has a range of deals such as the current 2 for £10 on all standard burgers (all proceeds go to charity) and they accept taste cards which let you eat at a 2 for 1 price, perfect for dates or quick afternoon bites with friends! If you have a GBK near you a would definitely pop in for an ultimate burger experience you wont forget!
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Normally, I am quite fussy when it comes to eating out, as burgers are a generic meal and I always feel a bit disturbed to pay £10 for burger and chips when I can get it for about £2 in mcdonalds...I have got into a burger eating phase after visiting Byron Burger for a friends birthday so when my brother recommended Gourmet Burger Kitchen I decided to give it a try...
We visited the Clapham Common Branch in London, and decided to order take away as it was around 9pm and we were too lazy to actually dine in. Initially we called, but the staff were a bit annoying and kept saying he couldn't hear us on the phone so we abandoned this mission and decided to just go and order in person so there was no mix up with our order.
I had a barbecue burger - a hamburger with barbecue sauce in addition to lettuce, mayonnaise, tomatoes, and onions. on the menu, but the service was very flexible and if you wish to create your own with chicken i'm sure it would be good. The menu is reasonably priced in regards to a high street burger diner, but the value for money is really good, my burger costs around £8 and with additional sides of fries for like £3 so can get a lovely meal for 2 on a standard date for around £25! Cheap and cheerful!
The staff were lovely, when we did arrive, they were polite and took our order with no problems. It was a saturday night, and I was aware of the kitchen being very busy and lots of tables of customers so we were told we would have to wait 15 minutes because I wanted my burger well done. They were polite enough to offer me some complementary monkey nuts while I waited, which I ate with great pleasure. I don't get this kind of service in any other restaurant!
Overall, a lovely place to eat out on a date or friendly atmosphere to catch up with friends or takeaway if wanting a greedy bite to eat....
Sometimes you just want a burger. A dirty burger that you really struggle to wrap your jaw around; here is where Gourmet Burger kitchen leaps into view! As indeed; oversized burgers are their speciality. I regularly visit the GBK in Leeds as they often do 2-4-1 voucher deals.
The brand seems to have a bit of an identity crisis going on; is it fast food or is it a restaurant? How far does table surface go? Why are you charging me nearly ten pounds for burger (and I have to buy the chips separately) and the restaurant is set up like a McDonalds, with tomato shaped squeezy ketchups on every table? Nandos has a similar problem, but despite the dilemma, this new "gastronomic fast food fad" has really taken off and is very popular.
The Leeds GBK is located on the ever fashionable Greek Street and is has large windows all around that look out onto the street. The seating inside the restaurant is basic; wooden chairs or benches and Formica table tops; the signature squeezy tomato ketchup nestled cutely on top. There is no music and the whole atmosphere is set to get you in and get you back out; but with a full stomach! The lighting in the restaurant is horrendous; they have chosen to use changing neon lights to change the colour of the restaurant, very odd and not very appealing.
All food and drinks has to be ordered at the counter and paid for. I like the way I can see the kitchen when I pay for my food as it is located behind the counter; it looks clean and tidy and there is always a hunky chef lurking in the background!
There are no starters but you can share some nuts or olives; which we did. The olives were very salty and over seasoned with garlic; not really my cup of tea.
The burgers though... wow. They are so huge, stacked up with salad and toppings. The burgers have to come with a skewer to keep all the burger bits in one place. They look really impressive when they get to the table, but eating them are a really messy business and involve squishing the burger down and then hoping for the best, don't wear your best clobber and expect to end up with sauce on your chin!
The beef burgers are all made from Aberdeen Angus beef. They are cooked to order and are fat and juicy. You can also have chicken, wild boar or a vegetarian option. There are many different toppings to choose from' my favourite being the Pesterella.... my mouth is watering just thinking about it. The chips are gorgeous and really thick and crunchy but these are £2.70 for a small portion. The burgers come than make up for it though.
There are no desserts on the menu; this really is get in, eat burger and leave place.
There a mediocre selection of drinks on the menu but what is really annoying is that you have to queue up every time you want another drink as there is no table surface. A shame really because they are probably losing out on extra sales because people are too lazy to queue.
The dining experience was over in less than 40 minutes from walking in, this is definitely fast food at an outrageous price. With the 2-4-1, you get a more adequately priced meal, The total bill for the olives, 2 burgers, 2 chip portions and 4 soft drinks was £32 which was reduce to £23 with the voucher. I do enjoy my trips here though and it is great to use before the cinema as you are guaranteed to be out in time for the showing.
Last week, I met up with a friend who had earlier suggested that we visit Gourmet Burger King (GBK), for something to eat. Whilst I had never been to GBK before, I soon discovered upon visiting its website that it was a burger restaurant founded by New Zealanders.
Whilst in a GBK located in Bayswater, I looked through the menu and was quite impressed by their large range of beef, chicken breast and vegetarian burgers. However the price was quite costly, ranging between £4.15 for their smaller burgers to £8.45 for their premium burgers. Fortunately, I had a discount voucher which entitled me to two burgers and a portion of chips to share for only £9.95. Also on the menu, was a selection of salads and sides as well as drinks and milkshakes.
Upon scanning the menu, I opted for the Habernero which is described as containing 'hot and spicy sauce, mozzarella, salad and mayonnaise' and contained 100% Aberdeen Angus beef. I also ordered a Diet coke, which at £2.05 was quite expensive for a drink. My friend ordered the Cajun burger which contained 'smoked chilli mayo, salad and cajun relish' and was also of the beef variety, in addition to a Banana milkshake. We were asked how we wanted the beef fillet cooked and both opted for medium to well done and also ordered a portion of chips to share between us, which was part of the deal.
The service was great, as we didn't have to wait too long for our food to arrive, although that may have been because the GBK was not that full when we arrived. As soon as we received our order, there appeared to be quite a rush of people and it became quite full. Having never been to GBK, I was quite sceptical as I was worried the burgers may not be that filling, however this idea was dispelled as soon as my burger arrived. It was rather big - slightly smaller than the size of my hand and held together by a large cocktail stick, which I removed. The sheer size of the burger meant that it was quite difficult to bite, however it was extremely filling and probably not the best option for those dieting!
The hot and spicy sauce, mozzarella cheese, salad and mayonnaise was encased in a lightly-toasted, soft white bun with sesame seeds. The sauce was rather spicy and did make my lips tingle, however as I love spicy food this was not a problem for me and complimented the beef well. The 100% Angus Aberdeen fillet was extremely tasty and was also very tender, making it the best beef I have ever had in burger before. The mayonnaise and the salad complimented the burger well and created a crispy texture. Although the burger was big, it was not impossible to finish as I only had a light lunch in anticipation of attending the burger restaurant. The chips were lovely and crisp on the outside but fluffy on the inside and were also quite thick, which complimented the burger well. It cost £1.60 for dipping sauces such as Garlic Mayo and BBQ, however there was ketchup at the table which you did not have to pay for. I was also assured by my friend that her Cajun burger was equally as nice although the fact the had a banana milkshake meant she felt extremely full quicker than I did.
Overall, I would definitely consider going back to GBK as the service was great although I do feel the prices are quite expensive for the burgers alone, especially as you have to pay more for the chips and the dipping sauces. However, the fact that I managed to find a voucher meant that it was an affordable meal and extremely filling.
We visited Gourmet Burger Kitchen at Covent Garden on 22/08/10 to grab a quick lunch before getting back on the train and returning home after a weekend away.
The restaurant itself was nice and clean and pretty busy for a Sunday (I thought). We were offered a table for two which was far to close to another couple who were sat eating and so asked if we could sit on a 4-table in the window which they said was ok. I noticed in the restaurant that there were several tables for two which were literally inches from the next table for two....I did not like this as I don't want to be intruding on other people's lunches as I don't want them intruding on mine....though on the other hand I suppose you could say it is a bit more of an upmarket mcdonalds and the tables there are pretty close too.
Anyhow, we sat at our table and were handed menus and asked to order at the till. There are many many different burgers that you can try; from a plain and simple beef burger to more fancier chorizo burgers or avocado and bacon burgers or lamb burgers...I could go on and on but its making my mouth water and the thought of it! Prices of burgers range from around £7 to £9 which is fairly dear considering this comes with no sides of chips or salad. Chips and onion rings etc are charged extra from around £2-£3. We only had soft drinks which are around £2 but I think wine and beer is also available.
It took a while to order at the till as there was only one member of staff was serving. The lady was very polite and accepted my buy one burger get another for £1 voucher :-) (These are available on the website and think are available to use till the end of August)
The drinks were delivered quickly, and the food shortly afterwards- which was hot and the chips/onion rings were freshly made. My boyfriend has a plain old cheese and bacon burger which he enjoyed very much (typical northern boy!) and I had a greek lamb burger...it was not one of the best burgers I have had there as I found the mint relish a bit overpowering. On a previous occasion (in Dublin) I tried the avocado and bacon chicken burger which was divine!
The staff member cleared some of our plates whilst we were still eating, which I know says they were being efficient, but its something I really don't like as it made me feel pressured to finish my meal and leave and that I couldn't sit for 5-10 mins after I had finished to let my food settle.
Our total bill was around £20 for 2 burgers (with buy one get one for £1 voucher), 2 soft drinks and a side of chips and onion rings. This possibly is pretty pricey (for just burgers) especially if you paid full price for all both burgers. I enjoyed it for a treat though :-)
I had never been to a Gourmet Burger Kitchen before but have often seen it advertised as the usually have alot of voucher offers on voucher codes, so I have often been curious to go and see what it is like as I do love a burger! I have looked for a while and never seen one until last night when I was shopping in bluewater. We were queuing for Nandos which was really busy when we caught sight of gourmet burger kitchen tucked away behind Nandos. There was no queue so we decided to give it ago.
As I said previously I have not been to a Gourmet Burger Kitchen before so I am not sure if the layout is the same in all restaurants but in bluewater there is an upper seating area which are booths and are very comfortable and spacious. On the lower seating areas they were plastic table and chairs which reminded me of a nursery so I was pleased because they were not busy we were seated up in the booths.
We were seated quickly and had our order taken with in 5 minutes which I thought was excellent but then they was not busy with only 5-6 tables being used. The waitress was very helpful and explained that the burgers did not come with any sides so we had to order chips seperatly and when we did that she did say that she though a portion between us would be enough and we could just call her if we wanted an extra portion. The only downside was I ordered My burger and asked for it without mayo or relish as I explained this agrivates my stomach, and when it came it had mayo and lettuce I was waiting for her to walk back along but she didn't come to check everything was ok so I had to scrape it out.
Between my partner and I we ordered a portion of chips and I had a cheese burger and my partner had a spicy burger ( we could not pronounce beginning with H!!). The food come out and the waitress was right a portion of chips is enough for two people. The burgers look huge when they come out and are held together with a wooden stick but when you take out the amount of lettuce they cram into the burger it is no bigger than a Mcdonalds quarter pounder burger. I have to say I would not describe it as anymore than ok. I thought because they only have burgers on their menu they would taste a bit more interesting but in my opinion they had little taste and was also pretty dry.
Ouchhh! Our order
This all came to £29.75 and was defiantly not worth that in my opinion this was very expensive for what we had.
I was not overly impressed with The Gourmet Burger Kitchen. I wouldn't go back neither would I recommend it to friends. The price and quality of the food do not go together which is obviously why they have so many vouchers circulating the internet to try and get people in. The service was good other than the mix up with my request but hey these things can happen.
I hadn't really heard of GBK before my first visit. I had travelled to see a friend in Manchester who had been a few times before, so a few of us decided to check it out. The company originated in New Zealand, and claims to have, ' the best burgers in town.'
On walking in I noticed that the place has an American diner feel about it, mainly due to the seating which consisted of booths as well as smaller tables, in addition to this the ketchup bottles were tomato shaped. It was about 7.30pm when we arrived and the restaurant was fairly busy, nevertheless we were seated straight away in a very comfortable booth and given the menu.
A very friendly waiter came to our table a few minutes later to take our drink order and informed us that we were to order our food at the counter. The menu offers a range of soft drinks including various juices and milkshakes as well as alcoholic drinks. I decided to go for a chocolate milkshake, it cost £3.75 which was definitely a fair price. The milkshake came in a very large metal cup, along with a smaller glass to drink from. I managed to fill the glass at least two and a bit times, the milkshake itself was delicious.
The food menu listed a range of different burgers including beef,chicken, lamb, buffalo and the ever popular wild boar all available with various toppings and extras. There were also several vegetarian options, which very much impressed the vegetarian in our group. You can also build your own burger.
I decided to plough ahead and go for the avocado bacon burger. The burgers themselves don't come with chips, so I got them separately. We made our way to the counter to order our food but did have to queue for about 5 minutes to be served. The lady at the counter did apologise sincerely for the wait and took our orders quickly. The burger and chips combined came to £11.25.
Our food came about 15 minutes later, I thought this pretty impressive considering how busy the place was. I sat in awe of the burger for a few seconds, it was huge and had a cocktail skewer through the middle to keep everything together. After trying to work out how I was going to bite into it, I took a quick photo on my phone and got stuck in.
The beef burger itself was topped with slices of crispy bacon, avocado, tomato, lettuce, onion and mayonnaise. All inside a toasted sesame seed bun. In terms of taste, the burger was amazing. You could tell the ingredients were freshly cooked and that the burger was 100% Aberdeen Angus beef as promised on the menu. Because of the size of the burgers they are slightly messy to eat. We were given cutlery in order to cut the burger into more manageable chunks but I decided not to. The chips also didn't disappoint. They were chunky in cut and cooked to perfection, my only issue was that I wanted more of them.
The atmosphere in the restaurant is very relaxed and friendly. In terms of price, GBK is more expensive then the likes of Burger King and McDonalds, but on taste and quality there is more competition. Whilst some of the restaurants do offer a take away service, I wouldn't look at GBK as a fast food establishment, it has much more of a restaurant/diner feel to it.
I have been to GBK several times since my first visit and have been completely satisfied every time. I also found out that there are vouchers all over the internet offering money off deals for the burgers, which makes going to GBK even more worthwhile.
GBK was recommended to us by a good friend of my husbands on the premise that you wouldn't taste a better burger and also that we'd get a good deal if we surfed the net to find a voucher for a meal deal as the prices can be a little bit expensive. We opted to try the GBK in the Mailbox in Birmingham which is set in quite nice surrounds to the side of the canal although the views from GBK is mainly that of the opposite Tapas restaurant! Inside the restaurant is clean and tidy but nothing outstanding to look at but more what you would probably expect at a more up market burger restaurant. Whilst it was quite busy inside there was no wait for a table although I did notice later on people were waiting to be seated. The menu itself offered an impressive variety of burgers and on first sight (as they were delivered to other tables) they looked as impressive as they sounded. We ordered a buffalo burger and a minted lamb burger with a side portion of fries and onion rings. The food was top notch and I can't fault it, as was the strawberry milkshake which fills up 3 glass tumblers! We've since been to several different GBK restaurants and each one as impressive as the last. I would say though that getting a voucher off the internet is probably a must as you can actually save quite a lot and as you look around the restaurant a large portion of people have done the same!
I was in town (Richmond Upon Thames) with a couple of friends last week and we decided to get something to eat for lunch - we didn't want to go to Tesco because although it's cheap, you can't eat in there and it was raining outside. Most of the other food places in town are expensive restaurants so the main choices were: Pizza Express, McDonalds and the Gourmet Burger Kitchen. Due to the fact that we'd all had pizza recently and none of us are big fans of McDonalds, we went with the latter option.
The Gourmet Burger Kitchem (GBK) is what I would describe as the burger equivalent of a pizza express and this review is based off my experience of visiting the Richmond branch last week (my one and only visit there so far).
The layout and decor of the building was clean and cheerful - family friendly and with decent furniture. Tables were well spaced so you didn't have to squeeze between other diners to find a seat (always a plus).
We were seated quickly, near the back of the restaurant by some large windows and we didn't notice initially, but all around the bottom of the windows were swarms of little mosquitos, on closer inspection they were also all over the ceiling in the rear half of the restaurant! I did notice one member of staff trying to get rid of some of them and I'm inclined to think this was a recent and unfortunate manifestation rather than a lack of cleaning on their part.
The waitress who seated us stated that they'd recently implemented table service (according to one of my friend who had been before, you previously had to go up to the bar to place any orders) and we only had to wait a couple of minutes before they took a drinks order from us and they promptly came back with our drinks then took our food order.
They have a good selection of different burgers available in two different sizes (we all went for the more expensive option) and if you see a burger you like the look of but aren't keen on one of the ingredients, then you can ask for it to be left out - my friend Kieron ordered a chicken burger minus the mayonnaise.
Each of us enjoyed our burgers although I have a few points to make about the meal 1) the 'large' chips is not what I would describe as a large portion by any stretch of the imagination 2) although we all went for the larger burgers, they again weren't huge (big enough, but I don't think a smaller burger would make an adequately sized meal) 3) I had the buffalo burger which is the most expensive on the menu at almost £10 - very nice tasting, but as it tasted just like beef I'd be inclined to go for the cheaper beef burger in the future 4) You're given the option of having your red meat burgers well done or medium.
Overall I had a decent experience at GBK and would be happy to go back again. I imagine that most of their other restaurants are organised in a similar way to the one that I visited and being a chain, the menu will be the same. If you like burgers but don't want to go to McDonalds or Burger King then GBK is a better quality alternative.
I'd been meaning to try this place for a long time and whilst out shopping with a friend at Bluewater today, we decided to give this place a try for lunch. The website proclaims that "everything is cooked to create the tastiest burgers out there." I disagree; my friend actually makes the world's best burgers, but they were certainly tasty.
We arrived at around 12.15, so fairly early for lunch. A few people were already seated, but there were lots of empty tables and we were seated straight away into an American-style diner booth. It was comfortable with plenty of room and we were most amused by the ketchup bottle - it was a red tomato. I can't really say much about the decor of the place, as it was at Bluewater shopping centre - although it was in one of the food courts, it didn't have it's own unit, so to speak. However, tables were spaced apart and had plenty of room and were clean.
The waiter was very perky and came to take our order straight away. They have a good selection of burgers; a selection of various beef burgers, lamb burgers, chicken burgers, salads, some specials and what I thought was a really good selection of veggie options. We opted for cornchips with salsa, avocado and sour cream to start with, along with a portion of olives and I ordered the Buffalo burger, whilst my friend went for a burger with crispy bacon and avacado.
The corn chips came with our drinks literally within the minute. We were very impressed and the corn chips were delicious - very more-ish. There was a large portion, loaded down the toppings and we got stuck right in. I can't comment on the sour cream as I loathe the stuff, but my friend said it was just like anywhere else. The avacado came as guacamole - not the best I've ever had, as I like chunks of onions and garlic in mine, but it was tasty nonetheless. The salsa was the standout - tangy on the tongue, but chilled so it had a cooling contrast. It was very tomato-y, with garlic, well seasoned with chilli and loaded with kidney beans and onion. It had a lovely chunky, crunchy texture and was fantastic.
We had to wait ages for the marinated olives and eventually had to ask for them. They eventually came out with the burgers, which defeated the point of having them for a starter and when they came, we were disapointed with them. The portion was quite large, easily enough for two people to share and there was a good selecion of olives, along with pepper, garlic and baby gherkins (ugh!). However, we were expecting them to be marinated in olive oil, but they tastied very much like vinegar and were quite soggy - we ended up leaving them.
The burgers on the other hand were fantastic. My Buffalo burger came in a crispy bun, with crunchy lettuce, tomato and onions. I had asked for no mayonaise and was pleased that they'd got it right. The burger itself was delicious - large, juicy and succulent. It was very meaty and there was not a hint at anything other than quality meat. I recommend, however it was one of the more expensive burgers on the menu at £9.95, and I could not tell much difference between it and beef, so you may choose to save a couple of pounds by going for a normal burger.
My friend's burger also looked great, coming with crispy, streaky bacon, avacado, lettuce, tomato, onion and mayonaise. After attempting to bite into it and everything sliding out (I told him so) he eventually got his mouth round it and declared it delicious.
Most of the burgers come in two sizes, although there are a few exceptions, such as my burger. The 'low rise' are 4oz burgers and the 'high rise' are 6oz. Greedy it may sound, but my burger was 6oz and I think that this is probably the right size, as the quality is so good, you want to really savour and relish it. Chips are available as a side for £2.95, however we found the burgers to be enough. We did see some being taken to other tables and the portions did not seem overly big for the money.
We did not have dessert - we didn't ask to see a menu and it wasn't offered. Looking at the website, I don't think that they do them, which is a bit of a let-down as lots of people like to have desserts when they eat out. Of course, this could be part of a plan to get as many people in and out as possible throughout the day, but I think this a mistake.
In total, we paid just over £30 for the two burgers, olives, corn chips and two beers. Yes, it is more expensive than Macdonalds but the quality IS that much better. I've certainly paid more for much worse meals.
All in all, I enjoyed my meal at GBK. I'm not sure I'm in a hurry to go back immediately, but I would certainly give them another go. Vouchers for 2for1 meals at GBK are widely available, so I'd recommend grabbing one of those and giving it a go.
My review will be based on my experience of Gourmet Burger Kitchen in Leeds.
I had never tried GBK before but was always intrigued by it, and heard many good tales, so when I knew my sister would be arriving in Leeds with an empty tummy on Saturday night I thought we should give Gourmet Burger a try.
I often notice that studentbeans.com (great website for students,check it out, lots of money off vouchers) regularly feature offers for GBK, so before I left to go and pick my sister up, I had a quick look, but the only offer available wasn't valid on a Saturday! Although if you can get onto studentbeans, or register for the offers on the GBK website, they currently have a promotion on for 2 burgers for £10 + free corn chips with salsa, avocado and sour cream, which is valid Sun-Thurs until 25th April.
Anyway back to my visit...
When we arrived at the restaurant it was fairly busy, quite a few large groups of people too, which is always a good sign if you want to share a good experience with lots of your friends at once! We were shown to a table and our drinks order was taken (we went for a bottle of rose wine, my sister's choice, so I can't comment on the taste of it as I am not usually a rose drinker). The wine was £15.75 which may seem quite a lot to spend on drinks in a 'fast food' restaurant, but it was Saturday night after all!
The waitress then left us with the menus and told us our table number before advising us to order and pay at the counter when we were ready. The list of various burgers was extensive, with all sorts of weird and wonderful ingredients to chose from. I went for the Greek Burger which was lamb, and my sister opted for chicken with added bacon. The burgers come as they are so we opted for a portion of chunky fries between us (£2.95) , and a smokey chilli mayo dip-again there was a long list of choices (£1.55).
When I ordered at the counter the staff were very friendly and the process was quick, without any pushy side order sales, which I often find in chain restaurants. After I had paid I noticed a sign about NUS, so I asked if I could have had student discount. The man said they don't offer a discount but have a student card, which he gave to me. The card entitles the student bearer to buy one get one free on eat in or take out burgers Mon-Thurs. On this occasion our bill was £36 (all burgers are between £6-£9)
We were also given a 'return ticket' which was a voucher for our next visit (Buy one get 2nd one for £2)
The food took about the right amount of time to come, slow enough to keep us satisfied that it was prepared fresh, yet quick enough to reach us before starvation kicked in!
WOW! When the burgers arrived they were massive! They had skewers in them to keep them together between a crispy, slightly toasted seeded bun. We were on a table for 2 which became quite a squeeze with the wine, 2 burger plates and then the bowl of chips which was served on a plate too, they probably could have ditched the plate underneath the bowl of chips.
The burgers were very messy to eat so we decided to use our cutlery, like most of the other customers. We both thoroughly enjoyed our meals and everything tasted lovely and fresh.
The greek burger that I had contained a massive lamb burger with salad, houmous, raita and chilli sauce, it was a bit strange that they used sweet chilli dipping sauce rather than a kebab sort of chilli sauce, but I didn't mind too much.
The chips were chunky and crispy but you didn't actually get that many, they say they are great for sharing but I think if you are really hungry then you could have a portion each, that is if you fancy spending almost £3 on chips. The smokey chilli mayo was tasty, tasting similar to chicken tikka sandwich filler.
I really enjoyed our meal but would prefer to go during the week next time as there are so many voucher codes and obviously the student card, it seems silly to pay full price...
...Today is Monday and when I took my sister to the station to go home, we wanted some lunch first...and ended up at GBK again, this time taking advantage of the student card which I was given on Saturday (the diet can start tomorrow!)!
Today we had the mexican burger, a cheese burger and 2 Cokes for £11 (my sister was disappointed that they don't sell Fanta, or any other fizzy orange, which is a bit strange). I enjoyed the mexican burger although the salsa wasn't at all spicy, it was cool and complimented the avocado and sour cream but I was expecting a bit of a kick in a mexican burger.
GBK serves the finest beef, chicken, venison, and other fresh produce with creative sauces to compliment each burger and surpass your taste bud's expectations.