Can I just say that this place is THE best find! I devoured the most amazing burger. Sit down children and let me tell you the wonderful story involving pulled pork, cocktails and old friends…
I’d heard great things about Cocktail & Burger so I took a look at their menu, not expecting it to really interest me. In my head nothing could beat Gourmet Burger Kitchen and admittedly I’m not a huge burger fan. Well, I wasn’t. The first thing that grabbed my attention was the value for money – all burgers are BOGOF and cocktails are generally under £5. Did I die and go to heaven? I couldn’t get them out of my mind. Not at all helped by this photo on their Twitter:
On Sauchiehall Street, C&B doesn’t stand out – you could very easily miss it! Look for the black canopy and their menu board. Inside it’s a dark, trendy but welcoming space – it’s really small but comfortable booths ensure personal space. The Motown tunes made me love the place instantly! I’ll give you a quick cocktail montage, but I’ll put the details on my Cocktail Guide.
Dark & Stormy
Jack the Rabbit
The cocktails are excellent value for money – some places in Glasgow can give shady portions and charge at least £6 whereas at C&B you get healthy portions at a great price. The cocktails taste gorgeous and are beautifully presented. I’d go here for a drink if not a drink with food!
This beauty is a brioche bun with a bed of slow-cooked roast pork belly, topped with Kopparberg cider onions. It tastes even better than it sounds, and that says something. I picked at the pork whilst waiting on my friends’ food arriving and the meat alone is just gorgeous. Loads of flavour, moist and tender.
I looked at this burger the way I looked at my friend’s newborn baby (with love, I didn’t eat the baby. Or want to. Digging a hole?)
Cheeky Cheeseburger with Gorgonzola
C&B (Cheese & Bacon)
All the burgers are good ol’ Aberdeen Angus beef and are sourced locally. The burgers are hand made so freshness, flavour and quality are guaranteed. At an event I was at I got talking to someone who knows the owner and he was telling me how much burger tasting took place before the menu was decided upon. The hard work paid off! I can’t stress enough how much I enjoyed my burger and how much you should all go and enjoy one of your own.
A few people have moaned that the fries and sold separate. For a mere £1.95 you’re presented the most beautiful frites. They’re like a combination of McDonald’s fries but seasoned beautifully and not drenched in cheap fat. I was still eating them when cold.
Coney Island Fries
Simply put, these are chilli (manchego) cheese fries. I wouldn’t order them again – the chilli was dry but oily and generally not that great! I’d stick with plain fries as they’re gorgeous.
Oban Mussel Popcorn
I was like a moth to a flame. When I spied these on the menu I was dead certain I’d order them. They were even more beautiful that I imagined. Tempura battered mussels, deep fried into sweet and salty crisp bites. The taste of the mussels was slightly muted and their texture toughened up. They were served with a home made tartare sauce which had a lovely mustard flavour. I couldn’t get enough!
I highly recommend Cockail & Burger. The food, drinks, staff, atmosphere and price are all fantastic. Given the fact that my table ordered 6 beautiful burgers, sides and countless cocktails – we paid about £20 (ish) per head, there’s unbeatable value to be found in C&B. I’m going back, pronto!
Cocktail & Burger,
323 Sauchiehall Street,
(0141) 353 0953