Gourmet Burger Kitchen

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With around 30 branches in London alone, this ever-expanding New Zealand-inspired chain continues to serve huge, tasty burgers in its canteen-style restaurants. The Westfield branch is clean and bright, opening out on to the boardwalk, complete with water feature and the noisy hum of shoppers.

The menu makes for a slightly bewildering read, with burgers coming in an array of options ranging from a basic cheeseburger to the more adventurous wellington, with mushroom, rocket, mayo and horseradish sauce. If the thought of tackling one of the high-stacked burgers seems too much, fear not: smaller sizes are available.

There are also chicken, lamb, chorizo and vegetarian versions (including one with puy lentils, potato and green curry) and salads. The drinks list is standard stuff: milkshakes, bottled beers and a few wines.

Venue name: Gourmet Burger Kitchen
Contact:
Address: Upper Southern Terrace
London
W12 7GB
Cross street: Westfield London
Opening hours: Meals served noon-11pm Mon-Fri; 11am-11pm Sat; 11am-10pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Wood Lane tube
Price: Main courses £5.96-£9.95
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kayleighar
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Even though GBK is a standard run-of-the-mill burger chain, this particular branch has a lovely ambience thanks to the lighting and adjacent foliage wall, with its serene covering of leaves, grass, moss and flowers. As the sun fades, retro wired bulbs and stylish metal light fixtures create a cosy atmosphere with shadows falling over the lush green wall across the walkway, and on warm evenings, the wide french doors and open plan terrace give it a real eating out on holiday vibe. It’s so calming, and feels a bit romantic with all the greenery and soft lighting.

But enough about the plant wall and lights, onto the food. I had a grilled chicken, avocado and bacon brioche burger with a hint of salsa, sweet potato fries and basil mayo, which were all delicious, and not as calorific as you’d think when you imagine a meal from a burger joint. My veggie friend had the Californian burger- pan-fried bean patty, cheddar, avocado, harissa mayo and crispy onions, and it’s safe to say she loved hers too, after we both wolfed them down and were very satisfied with our choices.

The staff were lovely and attentive also, my server even put my customised burger through the register a different way so it would work out cheaper for me. She also recommended the L&P lemon and paeroa. I had no idea what it was, so she happily explained it is a New Zealand soft drink that looks and tastes like lemonade and cola mixed and is amazingly refreshing. Her description was spot on, it looked like watered down coke but tasted refreshingly zingy, it was awesome, everyone should try it. 

With the great high quality burgers and sides, friendly service, welcoming and cosy feel and, did I mention, that lovely atmospheric shadowy green wall, it would be ideal for a date. If you take a new beau though beware the burger juice- the burgers were so succulent and juicy and the overly generous sauce servings meant things got messy, I’m talking sauce all over our faces and running down our hands, sleeves, everywhere, take note and have a serviette ready.