‘I tried Gordon Ramsay’s Street Burger and I expected more’

Burger fans crowded outside Gordon Ramsay’s new Reading restaurant this week in a bid to get their hands on free food.

Street Burger promised a freebie to the first 1,000 people to visit the establishment.

I was one of the lucky few to get my hands on a burger – but was it any good?

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I’ve eaten my fair share of Reading burgers in recent weeks, from Five Guys to McDonalds and beyond.

As much as it pains me to admit it, I have to say that Ramsay’s burger sits on a middle ground.

It is neither remarkable or terrible – and with a £15 price tag, many may come away disappointed.

The toppings are reasonably nice, and the menu is definitely impressive. The Butternut Bhaji is probably the most interesting burger on the menu, served with lashings of mango chutney.

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However, the majority of customers in line for a free burger were given the OGR burger; a grass-fed Hereford beef topped with smoked cheese, house relish and salad.

I was excited to dig into my free treat, as were the many people that queued up to try Reading’s latest restaurant.

I unwrapped the foil, drooled over the delicious looking meat-treat and dug in. My accomplice and I looked at each other, down at the burger, and then locked eyes again. “It’s a burger”, he said, with a shrug.

“Yes. It’s a burger”, I replied.

And that was all. There wasn’t more to say.

Does what it says on the tin

There’s nothing precisely wrong with it – there’s just nothing incredibly right. Despite the flavoursome options listed on the menu, the GDR burger simply does what it says on the tin. Nothing more, nothing less.

There are no stand-out flavours, no melt-in-your-mouth meaty moments.

In short, I expected more.

Ramsay is known for being one of the best chefs in the game. You don’t even need to watch a full episode of Hell’s Kitchen to see that the man knows his way around a meal.

Burger Kitchen is a more affordable, high street alternative to some of his fancier restaurants – and I wasn’t expecting Michelin standard – but when a restaurant plasters the name ‘Gordon Ramsay’ in lights above their door, many will come with certain expectations.

I’m not convinced that those expectations will be met.

However, it would be remiss of me not to consider the additional circumstances. Today was their first day, they’re dishing out burgers at record speed, and thus my experience is likely to be different to other people visiting the restaurant during their usual opening hours.

Ramsay has seen success in his other Street Burger restaurant branches.

Other burgers on the menu piqued my interest far more, and I’d be interested to see how the other items compare.

The menu comprises of seven burgers, each retailing for £15. A refillable drink comes included in the price, but sides cost an additional amount.

The restaurant welcomed its first on Friday (September 24).

You can find Street Burger opposite the canal, next to Zizzis, in the space previously occupied by Giraffe.

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