Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Burgers, lately: The Electric Diner and GBK

Did you miss me? Apologies for the break in transmission, I was only swanning around Morocco for a week. Whatevs. Ain't no thing.

Before I tell you about my whirlwind trip to Fez, I thought I'd update my burger-loving readers on my latest burger outings:

The Electric Diner

The Electric Diner on Portobello Road is not really a burger joint - there's only one burger on the menu, although you can customise it in the sense that you can opt for a single or double patty, and/or bacon and/or fried egg on top. I ordered the basic single patty cheeseburger (£8), which arrived as a double patty burger (apparently they're not used to producing singles!).

Well, this burger was delicious. I'm no big fan of cheeseburgers, but it was really, really good. Nice, shiny, brioche bun, juicy patty (if a little skinny), and even with the addition of a second patty, it was not too big for me to finish off then and there. The fries (ordered separately, £5) came with a free garlic mayo dip which I really enjoyed, even if the fries were nothing to write home about. They do come in enormous portions though, so you can safely share one between two.

If you have room for dessert, the chocolate cream pie is highly recommended! A little steep at £7, the portion is huge and definitely intended for sharing. I didn't even order a slice - I polished off what was left of the one that TWO of my friends could not finish.

The verdict: A little pricey and lacking in variety, but if you're after a decent but unimaginative burger, this is a great fix if you find yourself hungry in Notting Hill. I'd go back just for the chocolate cream pie at tea time.

Electric Diner, 191 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, W11 2ED, http://www.electricdiner.com/


GBK (Gourmet Burger Kitchen) seems almost too obvious to review here, but after visiting for the first time for pre-theatre dinner last week, I felt it was worth a mention. Just because it's a huge, ubiquitous chain, doesn't mean it doesn't do good burgers. They're also pretty good at offering lunchtime specials or coupons for meal deals, so Google around before you go.

I was feeling a bit beefed out on the night I went, so I chose the current speciality Persian Lamb Burger (above): 6oz lamb, harissa mayo, minted feta, rocket, tomato, pickled onion, and relish, for £8.75. Well, as much as I enjoyed it, I could not finish it - it was too darn hot for me. Must have been that harissa mayo! I loved the minty feta though, and would recommend this burger if you can handle your chilli a little better than me. 

My sister ordered The Wellington (£8.30), which I would definitely order if I go back: grilled mushroom, horseradish sauce, rocket and mayo. Yum! 

The skinny fries (£2.75) were exceptionally skinny and crispy and more than enough to share.

The verdict: Burgers good, fries good, not too expensive, free monkey nuts while you wait and free minty-lemony water - I'm sold! Would definitely go back. The variety of burger options means there's something for everyone (even the veggies).

GBK, EVERYWHERE, http://www.gbk.co.uk/
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