If you're on this page, chances are pretty good that you've just watched the Burger Kitchen episode of Gordon Ramsay's "Kitchen Nightmares." The traffic for this post always spikes when the episode re-airs, so, welcome to Noms, Not Bombs!
The juicy stuff is below, but, if you're interested in an update, Burger Kitchen has since shuttered. Given the father-son action highlighted on the show, the place seemed doomed by its (complete and utter) dysfunction. In watching the show, I pretty quickly realized that all of the insanity posted here was single-handedly the work of Alan Saffron, and I felt terribly for his son Daniel. I can only hope that, without the pressures and stresses of the restaurant, their relationship is faring better now and that Alan is conducting himself in a manner deserving of his son's forgiveness these days.
For those curious, I was asked to participate in their "Kitchen Nightmares" episode but declined, ultimately deciding that 1) you'll never win when you're arguing with crazy (if only I knew just how crazy...) and 2) it wasn't worth taking time off work.
Now, if it's crazy that you came here looking for, scroll down and enjoy. Thanks for stopping by.
Opened last Saturday, Burger Kitchen is the latest gourmet burger restaurant to hit the LA food scene.
Although I was skeptical about the seemingly overambitious nature of a menu of 22 different kinds of burgers, I decided to pay Burger Kitchen a visit.
Our waiter told us that Burger Kitchen cooks its burgers medium rare unless asked to prepare them otherwise. J’s burger, however, was very rare and very red throughout, and he sent it back. Although J’s burger was actually prepared medium rare the second time around, the woman next to us had to send her nearly purple-colored burger back twice after her second burger was just as rare as the first. When we left, her third burger had yet to reach the table, and her husband had already finished his (also very pink) burger.
With the delicious, gourmet burgers available at places such as The Golden State Cafe, Umami Burger, Father’s Office and even trucks such as Patty Wagon, I don’t know that there’s room for Burger Kitchen with its unfocused menu, flighty service (for example, our waiter took my beer order and left without asking J what he wanted), raw burgers and instructions taken from a cookbook.
Thanks to an Eater LA promotion, our burgers were half off, but I still didn’t feel that the quality of the meal warranted the final tab of $34.00. Throughout this post, I have had to stop myself from inadvertently writing “Burger King” instead of “Burger Kitchen,” which I think pretty tidily sums up my feelings about the evening.
8048 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90048