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Gourmet Burger Kitchen in General
Member Name: ms_123
Gourmet Burger Kitchen in General
Advantages: delicious burgers, imaginative recipes
Disadvantages: Only one type of bap
I visited Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK) whilst shopping at Bluewater at the weekend. I was out with my mum and brother and they usually tend to stick to what they know so when we fancied something to eat they headed off to Pizza Hut. I was quite disappointed with this so suggested we looked for an alternative. Initially they both turned their noses up at this but I persisted. I'd been to GBK in Wimbledon with my friends and loved it so knew that if they tried it they'd like it.
When we arrived we had a quick look at the menu and were pleased to see a range of imaginative vegetarian burgers. This is quite surprising as most burger places have one token vegetable burger, which is usually quite unappetising. For non-veggies there seemed to be quite a selection of beef, chicken and lamb burgers on offer. A full menu can be found on their website: http://www.gbk.co.uk.
We were quickly seated and then a waiter came to take our order. I ordered an aubergine and goats cheese burger, my mother a falafel burger and my brother a puy lentil. This way we thought we'd be able to try each others as well! Some GBK burgers come in two sizes: low rise (small) or high rise (large). My burger only came in high rise but the other two came in low rise as well and this was the size my mum and brother went for. We also ordered a large portion of chips to share between us (what's burgers without chips?!) For drinks I went for a 'citrus fizz' which was a homemade concoction of sparkling water, lemon, mint and sugar, my mum went for a fresh lemonade, whilst my brother stuck to what he knew and went for a diet coke.
Our order arrived around 15 minutes after ordering. This was how long I was expecting - this is more restaurant style than fast-food place. My burger was humungus and my mum laughed and said 'how are you going to get your mouth into that?!' Mum's and my brother's were a more reasonable size but still fairly big. The burgers come with a huge cocktail stick holding the filling and two sides together - quite different to the normal burgers you get in most places.
We all made an attempt to eat the burgers as you normally would but they proved to be too big. Luckily GBK also provide fork and knives so that you can eat the burger more easily. My burger consisted of two sesame seed baps with a fairly thick wedge of breaded goats cheese. It also had slices of roasted aubergine, salad, mayonnaise and onion relish. My initial thoughts were that it would be way too rich due to the large lump of goats cheese but I found that the aubergine and onion relish cut at the richness and balanced the flavours and I thought this was absolutely delicious! My mum also tried a bit of mine and really liked it too!
I had a few bites from my mum's falafel burger to see what this was like. This burger consisted of several falafel balls with houmous, cucumber raita, chilli sauce salad and relish. I thought the falafels were lovely - really flavoursome and soft. I've had some in the past that have been rock hard and felt a bit like eating cardboard! This is one that I will be going for next time I visit! As for my brothers burger, by the time I'd got round to trying his he'd already wolfed the lot(!) so he really liked it.
My citrus fizz was really nice too, quite refreshing. It was kind of like homemade lemonade with a lovely peppermint flavour. The homemade lemonade that my mum had was delicious too. The Diet coke was ...well.. like diet coke! The chips we ordered were chunky - just the way I like them. You can order a range of dips to go with your chips but at £1.25 we found these a little expensive so just went for the ketchup that they have on the tables.
Our total bill came to just over £25, which for 3 people including drinks is not bad at all. I thought the food was lovely. The ingredients seemed to be fresh and of high quality and there were a range of imaginative burgers. The service was friendly and efficient. Both my mum and brother were highly impressed - not an easy feat! If I am to think of a negative point, I think it would have been nice to have the choice of what kind of bun you want - I usually go for wholemeal as I don't like white but all that was on offer was the white sesame seed. However this is just a tiny criticism and we'll certainly be going back!
Summary: Give your tastebuds a treat!