Gourmet Burger Kitchen
With the upcoming arrival of Five Guys in Edinburgh’s city centre, it occurred to me that I should perhaps get in some early practice for that eagerly anticipated visit. Regular readers will remember that we did a little featurette on all of the Glasgow “burger corner” places back at the start of 2015 so I thought a trip to the Edinburgh branch of Gourmet Burger Kitchen – which had been the best of that Glasgow bad corner bunch – might be appropriate.
As part of George Street’s west end parade of mediocrity, I’d heard a number of quite positive reports about the place so approached things with a freshly open mind and a bit of hangover, which is usually fairly helpful when it comes to reviewing burgers.
Their lunchtime deal looked pretty appealing as for somewhere around £6-£7 you could get a 4oz burger and a side dish. This sounded good to me.
Accordingly, I ordered the cheeseburger, opting for the mature cheddar topping, and the chunky fries. As before the fries came with “hei hei” seasoning and were pretty good.
Sadly the burger was not to the previous decent standard. It was charred, hard, dry and grey. The meat was seriously lacking in any discernible flavour. The mature cheddar was pretty good but it couldn’t save the day.
Service – although still following the order-at-counter pattern that really doesn’t feel like the best way to manage the available space in this long, narrow room – was friendly and efficient throughout. It’s just a shame that the burger didn’t match this level of competence.
So overall, I was sad to find the Gourmet Burger Kitchen on fairly weak form. Their chips were good but their burger was not, so while their lunchtime deal is well-priced I don’t think I’ll be rushing back to try it again.
Blythe scores Otro
2.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 12.5/20
I ate: cheeseburger, fries
I drank: water
I wore: red trousers
Total bill: £6.95
Address: 137 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 4JY