Jam Jar Kitchens

I know that when I think of somewhere outside of Glasgow to get a good quality bite to eat, Cardross would not be the first place that pops into my head. For those not familiar with Cardross, it’s a village just outside of Helensburgh & home to Jam Jar Kitchens. As with a lot of eateries, I came across Jam Jar Kitchens via Twitter & kept an eye on their wares through both Twitter & Facebook. It is the brain child of Masterchef the Professionals contestant, David Hetherington, formerly of Riverhill Deli (the original & sister of the Glasgow one).

Jam Jar Kitchens

We decided to pop along for lunch last Saturday on our way back from visiting family in Helensburgh as the restaurant is only open until 5pm. At the start of every month, Jam Jar Kitchens runs an evening menu the first Friday & Saturday for a set price & BYOB, showcasing . Their facebook page is a constant tease, showcasing their unique cakes (Oreo Muffins!!), weekly specials & monthly evening menus so I was desperate to pay a visit! The restaurant itself is quite cosy, as you would expect in a village like Cardross. The restaurant is decorated with lots of quirky & unique touches like a herb box filled with fresh herbs at the back window, Scottish themed cushions on the seats & a selection of different handwashes in the toilet.

Decoration

Herb Boz

The menu is a reasonable size for a restaurant of this size, offering breakfast options, a range of sandwiches & some hot dishes as well as homemade cakes. That week I had been eyeing up their special – philly cheesesteak & pizza fries so opted for that. It arrived & the portion was pretty big for one person! The philly cheesesteak was phenomenal. Honestly, I was struggling to think of words to describe it afterwards. It was filled with strips of fresh steak, grated cheese & a tomato-chilli jam which gave it a nice zing. I was initially disappointed with the pizza fries as they didn’t have a lot of #”pizza” topping. However, as soon as I started munching, it was evident there was topping spread throughout the portion of fries but just enough so the chips were not soggy. I have an issue with saturation with things like chips so they were ideal for me. Again, there was a slight chilli flavour to the tomato sauce, I suspected the same as on the cheesesteak, which added a nice flavour element to the fries.

Philly Cheesesteak

Pizza Fries

A opted for a crayfish marie rose sandwich which arrived in a giant foccacia casing. I had a bite of it & the sauce was really tasty, again with a slight chilli hint adding a twist to it. It was filled to the brim & after finishing the sandwich, A had loads of surplus crayfish remaining! The one part of the meal that I have to take my hat off to Jam Jar Kitchens for is their coleslaw. I don’t know about anyone else but my most favourite coleslaw in the world is Marks & Spencers coleslaw & Jam Jar Kitchens offering, in my opinion, rivals it! I never thought it would be possible to find anywhere that did a better coleslaw than M&S!!

Crayfish Sandwich

Coleslaw

Although Cardross is a bit outside of Glasgow & the outskirts, it is relatively easy to get to by train on the Helensburgh line, with the restaurant a short walk from the train station. If you’re looking for a filling lunch or a different dinner experience away from the big city, I would hands down recommend Jam Jar Kitchens.

Serving Board

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Bread Meats Bread

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!

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Bread Meats Bread

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.

Black & Blue & CheeseburgersHouse & Black Label Burgers

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.

ChipsPastrami SandwichTub of Gherkins

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.

Hotdog

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.