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Gourmet Burger Kitchen in General
Author Name: superness11
Gourmet Burger Kitchen in General
Advantages: tasty burgers
Disadvantages: not a great atmosphere
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.
Summary: Satisfying food