Gourmet Burger Kitchen is, to me, one of those restaurants where you know it's there, but you just don't go into. There's no reason for it, it's just there's always somewhere else on the horizon, you have a voucher for Pizza Hut or McDonalds, or you fancy an outdoor meal over a heavy burger. But armed with a two for ten pounds voucher from my favourite app Vouchers, me and a friend decided to make the jaunt into our local restaurant, and boy were we surprised.
When we entered the restaurant, we expected it to be bustling as we'd hit it right on 12.30 lunch hour - it um wasn't. There were maybe six families dining with humongous milkshakes and then us, so we had the pick of the tables. We chose one near the window as I do like to nosy at people (am I the only one?) and were left to order. One thing that confused me was that you had to pay for your meal upfront at the counter, just like McDonalds - yet there were plenty of waitresses just stood there at the same time. It didn't bother either of us paying beforehand, but I didn't expect it from a 'sit down' restaurant.
I had the 'avocado bacon' burger, which as the name suggests included a rather large beef burger laden with avocado, bacon, mayonnaise, relish and salad whereas said friend kept it simple with a plain beef burger with salad and after about a ten minute wait they came. Lets just say I've worked out why you have to pay for sides separately! The burger was humongous, and completely worth the fiver I'd paid for it. I don't think either of us could stomach a side, let alone a thick milkshake which was the choice of drink most people seemed to opt for in the store.
Saying that, the highlight of the meal for me was probably the drink. I'd chosen the strawberry and elderflower fizz on the basis that there were free refills, and I tell you now that I drink tons during meals. It was, mind my French: bloody beautiful. I'd drink it forever. Yum.
If you have the chance to grab a voucher for GBK, go. It's a cheap meal for a student budget and it'll fill you right up. If you don't have a voucher, I don't think my burger was worth £9 but hey, if you're feeling hungry, you'll pay anything!