What's for Lunch? Gourmet Burger Kitchen

By tikichris Last edited 129 months ago
What's for Lunch? Gourmet Burger Kitchen
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Londonist asks that most pressing of daily concerns: where to go on your lunch break.

Gourmet Burger Kitchen

Locations throughout London

Contact specific locations for hours

Expect to Pay: Around £10

Rating: 8 out of 10

Burgers of Scooby Doo proportions; milkshakes from another era; chips of substance and weight; Gourmet Burger Kitchen is the sort of restaurant chain that makes Londonist happy.

Developed by three New Zealanders craving for a taste of home, “where gourmet burgers are recognised as a favoured way of eating for busy people and families seeking good quality convenient food,” GBK has several locations throughout London. Apparently, busy people and families in London seek the same, as these places always seem to be pumping with happy eaters. Oh yeah, the press loves GBK too.

We recommend GBK’s Kiwiburger (100% Aberdeen-Angus Scotch beef, beetroot, egg, pineapple, cheese, salad and relish) with a side of chips and an order of garlic mayo (if you’re not too self-conscious about bad breath). However, if that’s a bit too extravagant for you, GBK has an extensive list of burgers, including plenty of non-bovine options such as venison, falafel, portabella mushroom, and many more. Portions are big; so, if you're the type to fill up quick, consider sharing a burger or side with a friend.

For the record, we’re not enamoured with GBK’s “fresh sour dough sesame seed buns,” which honestly always seem a bit stale and somewhat cardboard-y in texture. Of course, the good stuff between those buns more than makes up for this flaw. Service is generally okay, but we have noticed a few locations to be less than sparkling clean. Gourmet Burger Kitchen ain’t cheap, but its mega-portions are good-value-for-money.

Photography by Tiki Chris © 2007.

Last Updated 28 August 2007

guest

I can confirm that GBK is the spot. Their bacon burger is the best ever, in all the world. And I say that with deadly seriousness.

guest

No. No. No.

This is the company that bought out Goddard's Pie and Mash shop in Greenwich. The it still hurts thinking about such a loss.

Shame on this company and anyone who eats there.

siany

Sad as it was to see the pie shop go, they actually made the choice to sell. Instead now the company do functions. So you can have pie n mash at your wedding.

tikichris

As I understand it, Goddard's made the decision to sell first and then GBK came along. Yes, it's a shame, but it doesn't necessarily reflect poorly upon GBK.

guest

Hmmm, it just another bit of historic London is sallowed up by some faceless food chain (and GBK is pretty bland). Man I sound like an anti-capitalist protester ;)

Just sad seeing it taken over when it was easily the most poplar place in Greenwich to get some grub. Plus when we (paper I work for) interviewed the owner, he said he was "given an offer he couldn't refuse".

Anyway, I'm detracting. Another great place to get a burger is the Manhattan Bar in Canary Wharf. Bloomin marvelous.

siany

still, better than hamburger union!