Last week (or was it the week before last?) we were invited along to the opening of Gourmet Burger Kitchen, the second restaurant to open as part of The Queen St Dining Quarter. With a lump in my throat for the recent loss of Ruby Burgers (loss for us but definite WIN for Exmouth!) this new kid on the burger block has reputation and heritage in the world of burgers – having been the first proper restaurant to serve Gourmet Burgers in the UK back in 2001 – it is certainly one of the largest burger chains in the UK.
My love of burgers stretches back many years. I started a blog about them, I tend to choose the burger option in restaurants that we review and I love cooking them (with varying degrees of success), so the prospect of a GBK opening is Exeter has been an exciting one for me. Given the reputation and the amount of positive feedback that I’ve received about other GBKs, I don’t seem to be the only one who is looking forward to its arrival. EDIT: It’s arrived! Opened 12th September!
After my recent reviews in esteemed establishments such as The Salutation Inn and The Pig Hotel, it was nice to get down and dirty with a burger.
The stylish interior has clearly been thought about, and with the vast window looking out on to Queen Street it is the perfect recipe for people watching!
The range of burgers is impressive with upwards of 24 different varieties. The burger meat is grass fed Aberdeen Angus from Laverstoke, so not locally local like Zita’s or Urban Burger.
Tori went for ‘The Stack’ (£10.95) – Grilled chorizo, Red Leicester cheese, house onion ring, smoked chilli mayo, rocket, pickled onions, house relish and I went for The Mighty (£12.45) – Two 6oz patties, mature Cheddar, crispy bacon, garlic mayo, relish, dill pickle. We went for a side of Truffle Cheese Fries £3.95 – chunky skin-on fries with truffle cheese sauce and grana padano.
The burgers were lovely, well cooked and as tasty as I had been led to believe by all of the positive comments I’d heard about GBK before. The fries were nice, the truffle sauce was a little odd at first but a definite improvement on the traditional cheesy chips.
With friendly staff and a sexy interior (never thought I would describe an interior as sexy!) I can see this restaurant being one we’ll be visiting again. As an alternative to the misery of Byron Burgers, GBK is definitely the one to fill it. Although it won’t replace Ruby Burgers, it will fill a much needed burger shaped hole.