An impromptu date night for Paddy & I nearly always involves some sort of burger, so when we decided to make the most of an otherwise empty Monday evening and head to the cinema we figured we may as well throw in a trip to Bread Meats Bread for another installment of The Great Glasgow Burgerthon while we were at it.
Bread Meats Bread was - in my eyes - one of the forerunners when the burger craze first seemed to hit Glasgow. I've been a few times before, and you can read my original review here, but I hadn't actually paid them a visit since the menu was revamped. That's the problem with always wanting to try new places - it's difficult to fit old favourites in! Regardless, it's easy city centre location drew us in and, after a spot of shopping, we headed over to grab a table.
It says a lot about Bread Meats Bread that it's rarely quiet, and on this Monday evening, in particular, it was no different. We arrived slightly before 6pm hoping we might just be early enough to avoid the post-work rush, however, we still had to wait about 15 minutes for a table. This is pretty typical of Bread Meats Bread and something we know to expect, so it really wasn't an issue for us.
What was an issue, however, was the speed of service. I wanted to get this out of the way now because it was the only disappointing factor on the night and has never been an issue for me or Paddy on any of our visits to Bread Meats Bread, but it was kind of terrible. We had picked Bread Meats Bread because we thought it would be a quick eat, and the small size of the restaurant usually encourages a quick turnaround, but we were left waiting for far longer than we would've liked at each stage of the meal with us having to remind our server about drinks multiple times. The staff members are all a delight, though, and very apologetic. I'll put it down to being a busy night, but I feel like they should probably be used to that by now.
Disappointing part over, let's talk about the good stuff: the food. I found myself very tempted by some of the sandwiches on offer on the menu, especially the barbecue pulled pomegranate lamb with crispy onions and feta cheese, but for the sake of the Burgerthon, I went for my typical cheeseburger with onions. Paddy went one further - or should I say four further - and opted for the 4x4 Cali Burger with a meat-sweat inducing four patties stacked on one burger. This is pretty much his go-to order at Bread Meats Bread and it's actually kind of impressive how fast he can finish it - sometimes.
The burgers themselves are explosions of flavour - perfectly proportioned and perfectly seasoned to boot. You can instantly taste the quality of the meat and the buns are a whole lot more substantial than you might find elsewhere - yay for less mess! Not all of the burgers come with salad, which I like as I hate having to fish pieces of lettuce out of my burger, but if the burger you're after doesn't come served with some leaves and you're feeling desperate you have the option to order a side salad. Bread Meats Bread are not stingy with their cheese which is a massive bonus in my eyes! The burger sauce is the perfect accompaniment to their patties and makes an excellent dip if you should somehow have any left over.
Next time I definitely want to try out the Luther Burger, which is served on a glazed doughnut. Yup, you read it right.
Once again we made our usual mistake of thinking we were hungry enough to justify our own portions of chips, but as always we were wrong. One portion of chips would be plenty for two people unless you fancy trying the different toppings such as the mouthwatering maple syrup & coconut sweet potato fries (yeah, I know right?). I'd wholeheartedly recommend trying out some of their dips too, as the nduja mayo is to die for. It's meaty and smoky and flavourful and ugh. I wish I had some right now, even if I am writing this at eight in the morning.
So overall, whilst the speed of service on the night did let them down we'd both still highly recommend paying a visit to Bread Meats Bread for a burger. Their menu might not be quite as big as some other burger joints in the city, but it still has an excellent amount of choice and I think the quality you're getting more than makes up for it!
She thought: Quality of burger 4, Variety available 4, Atmosphere & service 2.5, Value for money 5
He thought: Quality of burger 4.5, Variety available 4, Atmosphere & service 3, Value for money 4
Overall Bread Meats Bread scored 31 out of a possible 40 - the best score so far!
Check out the rest of the Glasgow Burgerthon to see how it compares