The Leamington Spa branch of Gourment Burger Kitchen is so new that when I visited it wasn’t officially open to the public. Set up back in 2001, Gourmet Burger Kitchen has 60 branches across the UK each serving 100% prime beef burgers and sauces made from scratch daily.
This was my first visit to Gourmet Burger Kitchen and it certainly wont be my last. Unlike a lot of places the service was fantastic from the moment we walked through the door until we walked out after finishing our meal. You can have the best food in the world but if the service isn’t on point it doesn’t give you a reason to return. As Mr Gourmand was on babysitting duty I took one of his work colleagues Mr Strider along with me instead.
The interior is a modern/industrial mix, I personally preferred the wooden tables to the metal ones but that’s just my personal opinion. It seems very trendy now in the restaurant world to use recycled painted tins as cutlery holders and Gourmet Burger Kitchen have picked up on that trend.
My favourite part of the restaurant just has to be the mural on the back wall designed by artist Damilola Odusote, it’s a map of Leamington Spa and fits in so well, I’d imagine it makes a great talking point if you’re sitting close enough to see it properly.
I’m not sure if the ordering process will be the same when the restaurant actually opens but during our visit we were given a menu and told when we were ready to order we could place our order at the bar.
Our server explained that if we downloaded the Gourmet Burger Kitchen app we could start collecting points to claim a free burger.
I think the app is a fantastic idea, I noticed that you can also use it to order takeaway food which I may have to try at some point.
The menu is nothing short of awesome, I found it incredibly difficult to pick what I wanted to order which isn’t unusual for me to be honest. I was torn between two burgers, the Lamb Ma Goa and the Taxi Driver but as Mr Strider had chosen a lamb burger I figured it made more sense to go for the beef myself.
We made our way over to the bar area where we were served by Chelsea who asked for my customer id so she could log my order on the rewards app, it gave her access to my name which made the service really personalised.
After ordering we were given small glasses so we could help ourselves to monkey nuts which we enjoyed while waiting for our drinks and food, I really like this idea of freebies before your food arrives.
I ordered the Elderflower Fizz (£2.35) which was incredibly refreshing and topped with fresh citrus fruit and mint leaves.
Mr Strider ordered the Peanut Butter Milkshake (£4.50) which was made with real ice-cream, the milkshake looked so thick you could stand a spoon up in it. It did look like a dessert and even if I could stomach that much dairy I’m not sure how much of it I would have been able to consume with my burger, Mr Strider managed to polish it off no problem.
When my burger arrived I was astonished at the sheer size of it and started to wish I hadn’t ordered a side dish. The Taxi Driver (£9.95) is a 100% beef burger served in a brioche bun stuffed with American cheese, an onion ring, Cajun relish, smoked chilli mayo, dill pickle and salad. I must say this has to be the most delicious burger I’ve ever eaten.
What made this burger so delicious was the fact the beef was cooked to perfection, not undercooked and not overcooked just a little bit pink to keep it nice an juicy. This was a mammoth burger, so filling I only managed half of it and Mr Strider had to finish it for me!
Mr Strider ordered the Persian Lamb burger (£8.95) which was a speciality lamb burger served with pan fried halloumi, harissa mayo, rocket, pickled onions and relish all enclosed in a brioche bun. Mr Strider was asked how he wanted hislamb cooked to ensure it was the perfect burger to suit his tastes.
The sides at Gourmet Burger Kitchen are a little bit special, they range from stacked house onion rings to homeslaw and that’s before we get started on the potato variety sides.
Being the Gourmand that I am, I couldn’t resist the Truffle Cheese fries (£3.95). In hindsight ordering this dish was a bit gluttonous of me and when I tasted how rich and decadent the truffle cheese sauce was I knew there was no way on earth I was going to finish this dish by myself and had to call on Mr Strider again to help me out.
Mr Strider was rather sensible with his side ordering and went for the Skinny Fries (£2.95). Speciality sauces at Gourmet Burger Kitchen cost £1.25 and Mr Strider had the smoked chilli mayo and baconnaise which came highly recommended to complement his fries.
The restaurant filled up pretty quickly however the staff seemed to be completely unfazed which was great to see. I wish Gourmet Burger Kitchen the best of luck in Leamington Spa, I know they won’t need it though as the people of Leamington love gourmet burgers and I’d imagine the next time I visit it will be me waiting in a queue at the door to get in!