I know what you’re thinking…
Paddy and I put it to the test last week to celebrate his move home to Glasgow before starting his new job, making the short drive over to Bearsden on one of the hottest days we’ve had this year. I used to work just down the road from Burger and Bun’s premises on Milngavie Road, but for those who aren’t familiar with the area, it’s less than a minutes walk from Hillfoot train station. There’s plenty of street parking about if you are bringing the car like we did.
For some reason, I had been expecting Burger and Bun to be quite a small restaurant, so I was taken aback by the size as soon as I stepped in the door. They also have a lovely little outdoor terrace area, which would be gorgeous on a sunny day, but it was a little bit too hot to sit out there and eat on the day that we visited.
The menu has a good selection of beef, chicken and veggie/vegan burgers, as you’d expect, with monthly specials and additional toppings aplenty. Alongside their namesake burgers, you’ll find hot dogs, steak, ribs and cheesesteaks alongside loaded fries, chicken wings, nachos and more. I definitely want to go back and try out the chicken wings at some point, possibly on a Wednesday to take advantage of their deal which offers 20 wings and a portion of fries for £15.
The drinks menu was a decent size in relation to the size of the restaurant, with beers, wine and cocktails available. I did think it could maybe be a little bit more varied, particularly the cocktail menu – which didn’t have any rum or gin options on offer. Personally, I love a good gin cocktail!
I think it’s safe to say that burgers are Paddy’s favourite food, and it’s his dish of choice at 90% of the restaurants we go to. At Burger and Bun, he picked a classic cheeseburger with added bacon, although he was tempted by the special Flying Scotsman burger with haggis and black pudding. The burger was really flavourful and well seasoned without being overpowering and had the perfect ratio of bun to patty to toppings. Getting burgers right is a bit of an art form, and this one ticked our boxes.
I decided to throw a bit of a spanner in the works and try out one of the hot dogs, which was one of the nicer ones I’ve had in a restaurant recently. I added caramelised onions, which were the perfect topping, and tucked in. I did find the bun was a bit soggy, but I think that can be put down to my choice of toppings, which weren’t exactly… dry?
On the side, we went for a portion of halloumi fries, some regular fries and some mac and cheese. We thought that loaded fries were maybe a step too far on this occasion, but I’ve been eyeing them up on Instagram since… whilst dreaming of those halloumi fries, too. Halloumi fries are a favourite side dish of mine, but they can sometimes be a bit salty, which definitely wasn’t the case at Burger and Bun. Even Paddy – who isn’t usually a big halloumi fan – agreed they were delicious.
Something I’m always aware of in restaurants is portion size, and I think it’s hard to get the balance right. Too small, and you’re left a little bit hungry, too big, and I feel like I’m not getting the best value for money if I can’t finish it. Maybe a weird way to feel, but I like to make the most of my money. Luckily, I think Burger and Bun’s portion sizes were spot on. Nothing was too heavy, and even with our additional side dishes, we were comfortably full – instead of painfully bursting at the seams.
Obviously, I had to wash it all down with a chocolate milkshake for good measure.
I’m usually a bit cautious to visit restaurants in their early days of operation, as I know that things can sometimes be a bit hectic and they’ve not quite figured out their “flow” yet, but I was pleasantly surprised by how smoothly everything ran on the night that we visited Burger and Bun. It was by no means quiet, with most tables filling up just after we arrived, and takeaway orders being made too – but there were no visible hiccups. The service was the perfect balance of speedy and friendly, with great chat from the staff who were happy to make recommendations from the menu.
The restaurant itself is really light and airy, which meant it didn’t feel stuffy even on a day as hot as it was. They have an upstairs as well, so plenty of space to fill. To be honest, I’d say their location is their only “downfall”, and even then I don’t think it’s that much of a negative. It’s handy for those in the north of the city, like me, and is well connected with a train station right across the road and regular buses passing by.
On a Monday, you can grab a burger and fries for a fiver, which I think is a great wee deal. I can see this being a spot that Paddy and I visit again for a casual midweek meal. It’s the perfect place to get decent grub without trekking into town. It’s nice to see somewhere like this open outside of the city centre and I hope it’s the start of a trend that lasts.
Visit Burger and Bun at 149 Milngavie Road or head to their website to find out more
Our meal was complimentary in exchange for an honest review – read my full disclaimer here