Hope you're ready for this Birmingham - your GBK is back in action! Last week Gourmet Burger Kitchen re-opened its doors at The Mailbox to show off its snazzy new look and droolworthy burger menu. The nationwide burger brand is known for its, well, gourmet burgers, with stacks of flavours to suit all tastebuds. What would you go for?
If you've been to a Gourmet Burger Kitchen before, you'll know they're known for an eclectic industrial feel, contemporary design and casual atmosphere. It's great for lunch when you're out shopping, a birthday or get together with friends "just because." With lots of meaty flavours for the carnivores and wholesome veggie burgers alike, you'd be bound to find a burger to tickle your fancy.
There are lots of sides to choose from too; think sweet potato fries, skinny rosemary chips, blue cheese coleslaw and chunky onion rings. In the interests of reviewing (read: being greedy), we sampled them all. The assortment of burgers mean you can be as naughty or as healthy as you like too - perhaps go for a monstrous Habanero with chunky chips and lashings of baconaise (yes, baconaise, more about that later) or try the skinny classic chicken without the bun.
I opted for a zingy cloudy lemonade whilst we enjoyed the halloumi bites and were invited to nibble on the peanuts. I loved the perfectly charred and squeaky halloumi, although think we should probably have been warned how hot the sauce was!
Burger o' clock! So from top to bottom; The Camemburger, The Habanero, a bunless Pesterella, The Don and The Taxidriver, also without a bun. Seriously who goes and doesn't have a bun? But you know, that's my mum for you.
Mine was the gooey, cheesy heaven that was the aptly named Camemburger cheese. This was a beef patty layered up with truffle mayo, a hash brown, onion jam and of course Camembert on a squidgy brioche bun. It had a well seasoned and juicy beef patty, with the softness of melting cheese, tang of onion and crunch of the hash brown. Although the burger was filthy in a gooood way, the flavours of the truffle and Camembert gave it an almost premium cheeseburger flavour which seemed a bit special. I enjoyed this medium rare, whilst my dining pals were happy with their varying medium to well done choices. You won't be surprised to know that noone else tried each other's burger - it was every man for themselves!
As for the sides, they were a mixed bag. We agreed that from £5.05-12.25, the were burgers ringing in at an average £8, and the price tag reflected a fantastic and filling option for lunch and dinner. On the other hand, however delicious, the sides were quite inconsistent in size and price.
The sweet and crispy sweet and potato fries were delightful, there's no denying, but is that quite a small portion for £3.95? We were undecided. Similarly the coleslaw was £3.25, so it soon racks up. Especially when the burgers are a meal and a half in themselves. what did go down well was the blue cheese slaw, which was fresh, crunchy and original. Spice fiends - you'll be in love! The condiments were on point too, with a popular hot green sauce and an even more popular baconaise with smoky pieces of bacon dancing throughout.
The skinny fries were so super skinny that we almost got excited that it was an extra portion of grated cheese! They were flavoursome and we loved the concept of them being so skinny, but for my taste could have been a lot more crunchy. I like my chips golden brown and snappable!
We rounded off the meal with some cheeky milkshakes, myself going for salted caramel. A dessert in themselves, I can't recommend the peanut butter or salted caramel flavours enough. The yumminess is indescribable. Just get one and all will be revealed, okay?
A fantastic evening and great insight into what's to come for GBK. Don't be put off by the mixed bag, I'll definitely be returning, just will be ordering a extravagant burger, holding the sides and saving myself for one of those legendary milkshakes.
Have you ever been to a Gourmet Burger Kitchen? What is your favourite burger?
Wondering how to get to GBK at The Mailbox? Simply park at The Mailbox or Navigation Street car parks, then walk up the steps to the restaurant area. Currently, there are building works going on at one Mailbox entrance just to confuse you. If in doubt, just follow the scent of burgers and hungry people.
113-115 wharfside street
Note: We were invited to the pre-launch party to sample the new menu. All opinions are honest and my own.