If I could spend my life writing about burgers, I would. The Glasgow Burgerthon just goes to show how much I love burgers. Even just uploading these photos had me drooling all over my phone whilst texting Paddy to arrange our next burger date…
For our fifth venue we decided to pay a visit to Ketchup in the west end, who claim to be Glasgow’s “original and best burger joint”. Located on Ashton Lane, it can be a pretty popular place at peak times, but when we visited early on a Monday night it was on the quieter side. We got seated straight away, but it did take a while for our order to be taken which was a bit disappointing considering how quiet it was.
There’s no denying the variety available on the Ketchup menu, with burgers to suit most tastes. We both opted for choices from the chicken burger section, but swapped for beef patties instead. My choice was The Italian Job with onion garlic alioli, sauteed sweet peppers, parmesan and Napoli sauce topped with a crispy fried mozzarella wheel which was packed with flavour. Paddy decided to go for the Flying Scotsman, which as the name suggests is topped with haggis, bacon and peppercorn sauce.
Whilst we both liked our burgers, we thought that the patties were a bit too big and not as juicy as we usually like. That is our personal preference though, obviously! I do love the selection available and really want to try some more of their amazing sounding combinations after trying The Italian Job – the Goat’s Cheese burger sounds so good!
As far as sides go, there’s the pretty standard line up of chips with various toppings including chilli beef, as well as chicken wings and a few cheesy options too. True to form, I had to order some mozzarella balls which I really enjoyed. Paddy wasn’t a fan of them being battered as opposed to breaded, but I liked the lighter texture. The chips were fairly bog standard, but I’m keen to try some of their “Disco Fries” with gravy and melted cheese – basically one of my favourite combinations!
Overall I’d say that Ketchup fared pretty well in comparison to some of the previous venues, but I don’t think that it’ll be the best. I enjoyed the burger but it wasn’t as good as it could be. Value for money was decent and the staff were lovely, so that’s always a good thing! Plus, they serve milkshakes which always wins points for me. Ultimately, if you’re not a burger fan, then Ketchup isn’t for you, but if you love a decent burger like me then it’s worth checking out for the variety alone.
(I did score it four for variety though, because I’m 99% certain the menu used to be a lot bigger…)