After trying so many independent burger places in recent months, it had been a while since I had even considered going to a Gourmet Burger Kitchen. The chain was one of the first to appear when the nation’s burger fad started, so it’s fair to say that there have been many more “interesting” places to get a burger fix.
However, we decided on a recent trip to London to pop in to the GBK in Covent Garden to grab some late lunch, and I was interested to see how things had changed.
With a very different menu to the last time I had been to a Gourmet Burger Kitchen, I was instantly drawn to the delicious-sounding Taxi Driver. Priced at £9.95 (burger only), accompaniments included American cheese, an onion ring, Cajun relish, smoked chilli mayo, dill pickle and lettuce – all served in a brioche bun.
Of course, delicious-sounding does not always equate to delicious-tasting. So I was more than delighted when the burger arrived – it was definitely a move away from the glorified fast-food style offerings of the past.
This was a real tower of a burger, with flavours matched to complement each other perfectly. The mixture of sweet chilli, pickle and cajun relish made for an excellent blend on top of the succulent beef patty. The bread – a thick, toasted sesame bun – was also fantastic, and held all of the ingredients together inside it with no fuss at all.
With the Taxi Driver, GBK definitely have a burger which they could use as their flagship offering – despite the GBK Cheese and Bacon being given a more prominent position on their menu.
It seems that Gourmet Burger have really upped their game since I last paid a visit – but with so much competition on the market, they have had to do this to ensure their survival. There is still an element of a fast-food vibe, especially as you need to go up to the counter to order your food, but a lot of burger joints do this too so this doesn’t come as too much of a shock.
It’s also great that you can control your spending, with the option to add fries and other sides on extra if you want them. Portions of fries are generally big enough to share between two of you, allowing you to keep the cost of your experience down.
Overall I would say that Gourmet Burger Kitchen are doing well to keep up with the other options out there, and are definitely a far better option than Handmade Burger Co. if you want to get your fix from a well-known burger chain.
Gourmet Burger Kitchen Covent Garden can be found at 13-14 Maiden Lane, London, WC2E 7NE. This review took place on 21/06/15. You can visit their website at www.gbk.co.uk/location/covent-garden.