Gourmet Burger Kitchen & BFree Buns: Gluten Free Resturant Review

So… my good friends at BFree (here is their website), sent me a voucher to try out their new buns at Gourmet Burger Kitchen!

Me and my Boyfriend, hopped on the train from Leicester to Birmingham to do some christmas shopping and grab ourselves a burger!

GBK is getting one up on Handmade Burger Co., who have ‘NGCI’ but don’t offer GF buns.

So I was very excited to taste the competition, and as you have probably read…I love BFree’s bread and bun selection!

So we arrived, and I asked to see the Gluten Free Menu (which unfortunately isn’t available online- which will put off a lot of coeliacs/GF’s), it looked pretty good…

So my voucher only extended to the basic cheeseburger, so I added bacon and gerkins just because I could…

Firstly the service:

I liked GBK, I liked the free lemony tap water, I liked the free nuts, I liked the free weird salt. I liked how the waitresses knew what was going on and its reasonably cheap (however, still on the every now and then price bracket)…ooooohhh and the refillable ‘Fresh and Fizzy’ was delcious…. I had the elderflower one!

I had a little trouble when they waiter came out with the food, the chips aren’t gluten free (I know! why do they do this too us) …So they had the chips on the same tray as my coleslaw and it was all touching and what not….

There was also an issue with my boyfriends burger (They brought the wrong one…but thats not GF related)

So I explained the issue and asked them to make me a new coleslaw…whether they did or not I’ll never know…

Secondly the burger:

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The burger itself was very good, the bun delicious (a bit dry but that’s probably because it might have been sat out) but altogether great, and that jalapeño coleslaw was incredible….I don’t understand how it was so nice. Not as nice as chips- granted- but a pretty good alternative.

I’d certainly come again! Well done BFree and well done GBK… just get those chips GF and get an online menu!!

Next time…Watch out blue cheese burger…I’m coming to get you…

My views are my own and 100% honest, I don’t let the fact that I receive freebies get in the way of my reviews!

 

09/03/2016 Update:

Today I went for the £5.95 lunch deal at the Chiswick branch. I’ve been a few times since this first post and it’s always been great. However, today the bun was the worst I’ve tasted in a long time. It was dry and really crumbly and nothing like the bread I had in this post! Lets hope it was a one off.

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2 thoughts on “Gourmet Burger Kitchen & BFree Buns: Gluten Free Resturant Review

  1. Did you know that blue cheese is made from the mold scrapped off of molded glutenFULL bread? Some are able to do Bluecheese, but if you are extra sensitive you may let that blue cheese get away 😉

    • I wasn’t sure about this so I emailed Coeliac UK to check and this was their reply..
      “All cheese is naturally gluten-free. The mould in blue cheese may be grown on bread but the final product is gluten-free.

      There is also a Codex standard for cheese which states that gluten should not be used during the processing or coating of cheeses. Grated cheeses are also gluten-free.

      It has however been brought to our attention that a number of the supermarket own brand soft cheese products contain 1% wheat fibre and are not gluten-free. These are the value ranges, for example Tesco Value, ASDA Smartprice and Sainsbury’s Basic. We would recommend you check the ingredients lists for these types of cheese products.

      All pre-packaged foods bought in the UK are covered by European Union wide allergen labelling law.

      This means that if an ingredient that contains gluten has been used as a deliberate ingredient in a product it must appear in the ingredients list, regardless of the amount used.

      Manufacturers must name the particular grain, that is, ‘wheat’, ‘rye’, ‘barley’, ‘oats’; or some will use the word ‘gluten’ as well, for example, ‘wheat gluten’.

      This information must be included in the ingredients list so it is always important to check the ingredients list to see if a product is suitable. Some manufacturers also use an allergy advice box to highlight if there is any gluten in a product. This is not compulsory but also helps in the selection of products on a gluten-free diet.”

      So it looks like only the cheapest brands need to be checked, but it seems like a good idea to avoid if you’re allergic to gluten/wheat? But take a educated decision if your’e coeliac/intolerant.

      I’m going to steer clear of the cheap brands.

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