Burgers at Hubbox, Gunwharf Quays

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There’s another new addition to the food offerings at Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth – and it’s a good’un! This week I visited the new Hubbox restaurant for dinner, and it was excellent.

Hubbox is a small group of restaurants originally from Cornwall. You’ll find a heavily American-inspired menu with burgers (claimed to be the best in the South-West), hot dogs, loaded fries and other tempting dishes.

You’ll find Hubbox next to Cosy Club on the top level of restaurants, looking out over the Spinnaker Tower and Portsmouth Harbour.

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The decor is nautical and colourful, with lots of foliage and a well stocked bar.

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We ordered drinks and settled in to browse the menu – a raspberry lemonade for me, and a passionfruit one for Tom.

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Once again I was unable to resist the lure of fried chicken, so we ordered a portion of 5 HBX Chicken Tenders. These were big – much bigger than we expected – and actually, a portion of 3 would have been plenty to share! However, that didn’t stop us – and we polished off the lot. Dipped in the Hub hot sauce, it was a delicious combination of crispy fried chicken and just the right amount of spice. Very nice.

fried chicken tenders at Hubbox Portsmouth

After much deliberation, we decided to order a burger each, two lots of fries and a portion of onion rings to share. Everything was generously sized – and what a spread!

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First up – the fries. Loaded Boston Fries, to be more specific. Topped with smokey pulled pork & fresh slaw – perfect for a meat lover.

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I opted for the simpler Cheesy Fries – and they were some excellent cheesy fries! Topped with Westcountry cheddar and melted until crisp and oozy, these disappeared very quickly.

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A side of onion rings – a must when you’re having a burger. These were a little disappointing – not quite crisp enough, and not a flavourful batter. We wouldn’t order these again – but there are plenty of other sides to order (next time I’m definitely getting the Mac & Cheese!).

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Onto the stars of the show – and the real reason you’re here. The burgers – dubbed the South-West’s finest.

Tom ordered the Katsu Chicken burger – a crisp panko-coated chicken breast topped with pickled carrot & mouli, katsu curry sauce, kewpie mayo & shredded lettuce. I am assured that this was excellent, and perfect for any Katsu enthusiasts out there!

katsu chicken burger at hubbox portsmouth

I opted for the Chilli Cheese burger, which is generally always my preference when it comes to a beef burger. Topped with beef chilli, jalapenos, onion, American cheese, chipotle mayo & lettuce, it was an excellent burger – and I’m pleased to say that it’s possibly the best I’ve had. In my opinion, it’s just as good as the burgers from South Coast favourite 7bone (if not better) – with none of the oversubscribed seating and ridiculous wait times.

If you’re a burger fan – try this one. It’s good.

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Pure excitement. An excellent burger.

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We had an excellent meal at Hubbox and it’s refreshing to see a smaller restaurant chain join the lineup at Gunwharf Quays. The staff were friendly, the drinks were good and the food was all well priced – and good value considering the large portions.

Visit the Hubbox website here, and have a browse of their menu here. They’re also open for breakfast, serving up the only Full Cornish I’ve seen outside of the West Country – so I’ll definitely be visiting for that soon!

 

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