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Friday 31 October 2008

GBK (Gourmet Burger Kitchen), 45 Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich, London, SE109BL

Went to the cinema yesterday, and watched the latest by Ricky Gervais, called Ghost Town. It may sound like a horror movie, but it's not. It's what I would describe as a chick-flick pumping iron in the gym.

The movie listings aren't that varied at the moment. There's:

High School Musical 3
(if you like white teeth, squeaky voices and cute little things, buy a hamster)
Burn After Reading (this was one of the other ones I wanted to watch, but, as they say, one movie a day means no meals today)
Saw 5
Space Chimps
Eagle Eye
I really enjoyed this film. The trailers do do justice to the film, in that, if you find the trailers funny, there's plenty more of that in the film. If you like The Office (with an American feel, i.e. Gervais-funny with white teeth), you'll like this.

This leads on nicely to the next topic, which is Observations of Popcorns and Such in a Cinema.

Somewhere between the end of the trailers and adverts, and the start of the film, the lights went on in the cinema. My first thought was, are they selling ice creams? But of course, no such thing, this being a cinema in East London and all that. My second thought was, why is there so much popcorn on the floor?

5 minutes later when the lights were still on, some people at the back of my row started threatening that they would complain. A few even had the audacity to loudly mutter under their breaths that this was unacceptable.

The whole thing peaked to a horribly tensed moment when a 12 year old actually said 'I want a refund'.

The crowd were luckily saved from actually having to complain when the lights went back off, and everyone had their Valium, and settled back down to enjoy the film.

After the movie had ended, we decided to go to GBK for some burgers. Some people say that GBK was actually the first to start this 'luxury' burger concept. I'm not too sure about the validity of this claim, but they're certainly one of the more prominant better burger restaurants in town.

They also seem to be more popular in London than in the smaller towns, such as Manchester, where I only saw one GBK in the entire town, unlike in London where they're nearly everywhere.

The concept in GBK is like this. You want burger, you go to GBK. They give you a table and the table number, you go to the counter, give them your order, pay for it, and wait for the items to be sent to your table.

Currently, there's a promotion for Buy One Get One Free on the burgers at GBK, which is what brings a cheapskate like me to a burger restaurant like this.

I had a Chicken with Avocado and Bacon burger, without the bun.

My bf had a Mexican Beef burger, with the bun and half the kitchen on it.

The burger is about the size of a small horse. When it is brought to the table, you almost have to fight the instinct to run from the restaurant shouting, 'I didn't order this horse' before being brought back, screaming and scratching to get away.

Taste-wise, it's probably one of the best burgers I've had in London. The reason for this is the fresh ingredients used, and the way they actually cook the burger to how you specify it to be cooked. The bacon tasted sweet, I guess it's because it was honey-cured bacon, and the avocado was smooth. The dip that we ordered (garlic mayo) was definitely full of garlic and herbs and went very well with the chips.

The chicken fillet was a whole piece of chicken, crumbed on the outside and fried. The beef was pink (medium rare) and juicy, and when you bit into it, you could feel the mince and how it was chewy and very satisfying.

Big Mac just not big enough? Whoppers for starters?

This burger might be just the thing for you.

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