It seems the burger trend isn’t limited to just London and I’d heard about some good burger places up in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Since I happened to be up there for the Games the other week, I thought I’d check a couple out. I ended up at Burger Meats Bun for a pre-flight meal on my way out of Glasgow as it had pretty solid reviews and was conveniently close to the airport shuttle. BMB is a cosy below ground joint with a spartan wood panelled décor, friendly staff, and pretty reasonable prices. I ended up having a chat with my waiter about assault courses as I was bundled up in a Rat Race hoodie – not something that happens too often down in London where speed is of the essence.
What you need to know
- The menu is pretty limited with 3 burgers plus a special, a handful of sides, and a decent line up of hard and soft ice cream shakes
- Prices are decent and a full meal of burger, wings, fries, and a beer came in just under £20
- The burger is good but lacking any wow factor to make it a destination – but the central location is a definite plus
Food: ★★★★☆ Service: ★★★★☆ Atmosphere: ★★★☆☆ Value: ★★★☆☆ Overall: ★★★☆☆
Given you’re in the center of Glasgow, you shouldn’t have much trouble finding a place for a drink. There are a number of pubs and bars around the area and it’s not much of a hassle to get a pint. We ended up at a pub on the main square about 5 minutes away – the name escapes me – as we did the tourist thing and followed the crowds.
What to eat?
Well, a burger. I went for the Smokin’ Bacon which is made up of a Scotch beef patty with home cured & smoked bacon, Barwheys (still not sure what that is!), spiced ketchup, BMB burger sauce, and braised onions. Overall, it was a pretty good burger with my main gripe being that the patty was overcooked to a medium well – if you are using quality Scotch beef, don’t grill out the flavour!
The toppings were delicious though and the smoked bacon was spot on. I’d have been happy with another round of that alone. The fries were near perfect as well with crunchy skins and fluffy insides with just a hint of flouriness. I also grabbed a side of Korean chicken wings (I was feeling a bit greedy) which were cooked just right to give them crispy skins while leaving the meat tender. I was a bit let down by the lack of potency in the sauce – Korean bbq sauce tends to be bold and full of flavour where as these wings had a thin glaze. Don’t get me wrong, it was still tasty but just a case of managing expectations as these were more soy-ginger than gochujang.
How about a drink?
I couldn’t help but go for the St. Mungo’s lager (yes I’m a HP fan) but it turned out to be pretty damn good. It was light and moderately carbonated to avoid that bloated feeling but enough flavour to balance out the food. BMB serves it with a chilled mini beer mug which I thought was a nice touch.
Worth the dosh?
The burger was around £8 on its own and the total meal was less than £20 so yes, it’s worth the money. It’s not the best burger but it does satisfy and the service is friendly and fast.
Find BMB here
48A West Regent St., Glasgow, G2 2RA
0141 353 6712