TOGETHER with my 16-year old grandson, who I may add is somewhat of a connoisseur in the burger domain, we set off for our Wednesday lunch date at The Moose Kitchen, rustically furnished with wooden pine tables and comfy chairs, very much in keeping with the Canadian cuisine.

We were warmly greeted by Kay and Sara who are not only the very proud owners, but also run this fabulous and unique establishment.

The restaurant is located in Charminster Road with its vast array of international eateries, however The Moose Kitchen has managed to introduce something new and exciting with it's current menu.

TMK offers a lunch/brunch fare comprising a Canadian Breakfast of light fluffy home-made pancakes smothered in maple syrup, as well as the traditional English and, although tempted, we decided on a return visit one Sunday morning would be more fitting for this.

So for our lunch, I opted for the Moose Kitchen Signature Burger served in a buttered cobette and even though the home-made triple cooked chips were the best we've ever tasted, you can upgrade regular chips for Poutine. This well established Canadian dish consists of crispy triple fried chips, melted cheese curds and smothered in a rich gravy, which have even impressed some of TMK's Canadian customers.

My Grandson chose the Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich and when presented to him, his reaction was simply 'WOW' and not least the desserts - how do you choose between creamy vanilla ice-cream served with freshly made hot fudge sauce, whipped cream and topped with chopped salted peanuts or warm pancakes stacked high and layered with maple syrup and vanilla ice-cream?

But a choice had to be made, so I had the home-made Key Lime Pie with lashings of cream and my Grandson went for the Mississippi Mud Pie, both absolutely heavenly. The Moose Kitchen uses only wholesome, good quality produce and all meat is 100% free range supplied by a local Winton butcher.

All food is prepared from scratch by Sara, including the tasty dips that accompany her starters.

This beautiful restaurant is perhaps not obvious from the outside and could be easily passed, but whatever you do, do not pass it. The Moose Kitchen is one of those 'hidden gems' which will not disappoint whether you drop in for a light lunch time bite or a more hearty evening meal when you can also enjoy a TMK cocktail or a Canadian wine. This local jewel with its fabulous ingredients so lovingly prepared and served by the ever attentive Sara and Kay is, according to my 16 year old Grandson, serving the best burgers in Bournemouth and (excuse the pun) not to be 'Moosed'