Stitch and Bear

A long-running Irish blog with reviews of the best restaurants in Dublin and throughout Ireland. Some wine and cocktails thrown in for good measure!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Gourmet Burger Kitchen, South William Street

I have a love of burgers. Chicken, lamb or beef are all good, although I find the concept of a fish burger a bit bizarre. Myself and Eddie Rocket's have had a good long-term relationship although I have strayed from the path of fidelity several times.

Gourmet Burger Kitchen was the brainchild of two Kiwis who recently sold the company, but their ethos still lives on in the burgers. Outlets of this franchise have sprung up all over Dublin recently and we visited one Friday when the craving for a burger hit hard in the city centre.

From the fairly extensive menu, we chose a Kiwiburger (beetroot, egg, pineapple, cheese, salad, mayonnaise and relish) and a Cajun burger (smoked chili sauce, salad, mayonnaise and relish) and then we waited... and waited... and waited. I pity the lunch crowd who descended on the restaurant. Whether they wanted it or not, they were in for a long Friday lunch. When the burgers arrived, they were stacked high on the plate with a wooden skewer holding the ediface in place.

I was disappointed with the size of the cajun burger. Once I removed all the excess damp salad from the burger, I was left with a small patty. At this stage I was grateful that I had decided to add some Camembert to the burger as an extra (E1.35), but I definitely wouldn't be choosing this option again. The Kiwiburger appeared to be much better value.

One annoying point was the disparity in drink prices. One large glass of Diet Coke, made from syrup, cost E2.65 while a 500 ml bottle of sparkling River Rock water cost a stonking E2.95.

There was nothing about Gourmet Burger Kitchen that would make me want to return. The burgers are just ok and service was slow. There are far better local establishments where you can have your burger fix. Total cost for our meal was E29.15.

Gourmet Burger Kitchen, 14 South William Street, Dublin 2.

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