Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Stoke on Trent
If you’re familiar with Stoke on Trent, then you will be aware that we are a little behind the times when it comes to our eating and shopping facilities. We don’t have a H&M, the train station isn’t within walking distance to the city centre and the mystery and hype which surrounded a Nando’s in Stoke opening was similar to what you’d experience when a new Game of Thrones series is being released. Whilst on one hand the lack of big chain restaurants has been a saving grace for many of the small, independent places to eat in Stoke, it can be a little troublesome if you’re just after a quick and easy meal out without any effort or pre-booking.
With the expansion of Intu Potteries (but us true Stokies will always call it the Potteries Centre) they have opened a few new restaurants which pleases me endlessly! Before I’d have to travel to Cheshire Oaks to review places like Chiquitos, but with a small selection of big chains now opening there’s a whole new world of food to treat myself top. Starting with GBK. I’ve only ever been to Gourmet Burger Kitchen once, and that was about 8 years ago in Wilmslow. I must say, the memory of the food hasn’t really stuck with me, so it couldn’t have been anything too special at the time. In fact, I think GBK has had a few rebrands since this time, so it would be really unfair to compare back then to now anyway!
Now that’s out of the way, let’s get in to some pre-burger action….
We begun the meal with the Halloumi and Chilli Fried Chicken Bites (my mouth is actually watering just typing those two up). I don’t think it’s possible to have a bad serving of Halloumi, and if it is possible then I just don’t want to live on this planet any more. So needless to say, the Halloumi was grilled and bang on. Served with a spicy sauce, the contrast between the spice and the creamy saltness of the cheese was awesome.
The Chilli Fried Chicken Bites were nice. Nothing too special. They were pretty much what they claimed to be. However, they were served with a pretty tasty hot mayo and they went down an absolute treat.
For my main event I went for the Blazing Sombrero Burger. Medium Rare. I always appreciate a burger place which asks you how you want you burger cooking. The Blazing Sombrero is what burger dreams are made of and ever since I ate this bad boy I’ve been craving another one! The burger itself was juicy and delicious, the chorizo relish added a touch of tang and the tortilla chips at the bottom added a tasty crunch. Good god.
Served with a side of sweet potato fries (which also came with baconaisse for dipping) the meal was all washed down with a can of L&P, which is apparently a New Zealand classic, but I’ll have to take GBK’s word for that one.