Burgertime Chapter:2 – Gourmet Burger Kitchen
On the second leg of the London Burger Challenge I went to Gourmet Burger Kitchen at the Westfield London. I have a love hate relationship with the Westfield Centre. There is a great choice of shops but it is absolutely impossible to make it round in one go and after an hour of shopping I just want to kill everyone around me. Seeking respite from the swell we made our way to the Southern Terrace outside of the main entrance which features a mix of familiar chains as Real Greek, Wahaca, Wagamama etc and some interesting joints such as Balans, Ciao Baby and The Meat and Wine Co.
Fancying a burger we nipped into the Gourmet Burger Kitchen. We were shown to a dinky table for two but they grudgingly gave us a huge booth when we made puppy dog eyes.
We were told how the restaurant ‘works’. Basically, you choose what you want, go to the counter to order and pay for it and then its delivered to you. Its a bit of an odd system, I kind of resent paying £9 for a burger when I have to queue up at the bar and order it for myself. There seemed to be tons of staff too so I don’t know why they can’t just take orders the normal way. Anyway, I ordered the cheeseburger. Boring I know, there were lots of more esoteric choices but I really don’t like extras on the burger and I wanted to compare like for like with Byron.
The menu had just chunky fries. I asked the waiter whether you can have skinny fries and he pointed to the tortilla chips at the top of the menu. I don’t think he had understood. The burgers came in about 5 minutes. Chips were huge and very well cooked. The oil was obviously freshly changed. Burger was juicy and quite delicious. Bun was fluffy and sweet and held the juicy contents well without collapsing. Cheese was mature cheddar which in some ways didnt work. It was over melted and tasted a bit like an overtoasted piece of cheese on toast. I think I prefer a less assertive cheese such as American Jack for a burger.
All in all rather good apart from the odd queue up to order system and lack of skinny fries. Dips were oddly expensive as well at £1.95 each.
Unit 1072, Westfield Shopping Centre, White City, London, W127GB