Last week we were invited along to the pre-launch of a new restaurant, Bread Meats Bread. Before I go any further, although the name is similar, this place is not affiliated with Burger Meats Bun at all (a bit of a sore point).
The restaurant is located on the corner of St Vincent St & Renfield St, occupying the former large Pret a Manger store. However, there are no signs for this place to jump out. You have to get up close to see the Bread Meats Bread signs dotted along the window.
Inside, it’s pretty laid back, with booths making up most of the seats, with a long table in the middle. The first thing you notice when you enter is a HUGE black cow on the main wall. The rest of the decor is pretty simple, with some unique touches such as the farmyard animals hidden in the bottom of the booth seats. After taking our seats, we were offered some drinks which came in the coolest glasses. Bread Meats Bread have customised plastic glasses with little thumb inserts for all drinks – pints included!
Bread Meats Bread is another restaurant in Glasgow focussing on the gold old American burger. They do have their own unique spin on it, offering 3 types of burger patty:
– House Blend – 3 types of good quality Scotch Beef
– Red Label – Scotch Beef mixed with spicy N’gduja pork sausage
– Black Label – Prime Aged Scotch Beef
There are some sandwiches on offer including Pastrami, Brisket & Chicken Sandwiches. They also offer a range of poutine – chips smothered in gravy & topped with cheese curds. Something I want to try as I’m unsure if I would like it but unfortunately we didn’t get the chance to try it at the pre-launch.
We were first provided with 2 sliders, 1 of the black label Black & Blue burger & the other of the House blend cheese burger. Even with one bite of each burger, you can tell the difference in the quality of the meat. The Black Label has a much more meatier taste to it, whilst the House blend taste like a good quality burger van burger (not that it is a bad that thing!). There was only a small bit of blue cheese on the Black Label which wasn’t enough for my liking. The House Blend was pretty tasty, complimented by a pretzel bun. This was something I hadn’t tried before & it had a nice doughy texture to it.
The other items we tried during the launch were the potato chips, pastrami sandwich & new york hotdog. I especially enjoyed the chips, not only because they were chunky but also thanks to the side of sriracha mayo that comes with it. It was not too spicy but had a good kick to it. They also offer ghost chilli mayo but didn’t provide it on the night as they were working on toning down the taste. The pastrami sandwich was also quite tasty, accompanied by a rye bun with some grain mustard. It was full of meat & not overpowered by the mustard.
I have to admit, I did not like the hotdog at all. It came to us in a pretel bun, with american mustard over it. The sausage itself had a very strange taste to it which did indicate it was probably homemade but not to my liking at all. It’s really hard to put my finger on the exact taste, like mushed up sausages & a bit of spice. It also was not appealing to the eye as it was very grey & looked as though it had been boiled.
Since opening last week, Bread Meats Bread seems to have become firmly established on the Glasgow burger scene. With the small number of tables, I would advise going along early, especially on weekends or lunchtimes. They have also started doing takeaway this week which will go down well with the Glasgow office crowd.
I have to admit I’m sitting on the fence with Bread Meats Bread. Some of the items we tasted were pretty good but others were ok. I would’ve liked to have sampled the Red Label burgers so that we had all 3 to compare against. I would say it’s definitely worth a visit to sample the newest kid on the block but I’ll have to make another visit before I can say for certain if it’s going to be a Get Stuffed favourite.