The Fox Meets Burger Meats Bun - Burger Meats Bun, Glasgow

I think I've made it abundantly clear throughout the life of this blog how big a fan I am of burgers, steak and red meat in general.  Wherever there is steak or burgers, you can bet your boots you'll find me there.

After a day at the wedding show in Glasgow's SECC, what could be better to fill rumbling stomachs than a juicy burger and some delicious sides?

Burger Meats Bun can be found on West Regent Street, right in the heart of the city centre.  It occupies the basement of the building, so just be careful you don't stroll past!



Inside, I found the decor really comical and fun.  The booths are separated by wooden walls, but each wall is about elbow height.  The space in between is filled with fake grass and has little plastic cows grazing!  I thought it was really unique and instantly fell in love with the place.

We wasted no time and got down to business.  The menu is small, but very effective...



To start with, we had macaroni croquettes...




Breadcrumbed croquettes packed full of macaroni pasta and melted cheese.  I did like these, however I would have preferred them a little more creamier!  As a massive macaroni cheese fan, I suppose I'm slightly biased because I prefer a massive dish to eat that's doused in sauce.

We also ordered the seoul chicken wings...



Tender chicken that fell off the bone, coated in a Chinese flavoured sauce with a slight kick to them.  These chicken wings were amazing, and if it weren't for my fantastic burger I'd have devoured the lot.

On to the main event!  I went for a fiery "The Beef" burger...





An amazing home made patty, topped with Toma Raschera, chipotle mayonnaise and jalapenos.  The burger meat was perfect and incredibly juicy, without being greasy.  There was a dollop of beautiful melted cheese (that's the Toma Raschera) and the jalapenos added that wonderful spicy kick to each bite without overpowering it. Served in a slightly toasted brioche bun, this was a pleasure to eat.

My mother went for The Big Cheese...



I wanted to order this, and I feel that I'll have a tough time of choosing between these when I return!  Again, a juicy homemade beef burger topped with cheddar cheese and a dollop of Burger Meats Bun burger sauce.  Delicious!

My sister had the hot chic burger...



This is along the same lines as my fiery beef burger, except with a crispy chicken breast instead.  I do love a chicken burger... making the decision even tougher.  As a burger maniac, I'm already wishing that I was stuffing my face just looking at this picture.

Finally, Mark ordered the special burger...



This burger included a hunk of beef, topped with a mushroom and Burger Meats Bun sauce.  As I'm not a fan of mushrooms this didn't particularly interest me, however I can assure you mushroom fans that it went down a treat.

Whilst munching on all of this burger finery, we also had sides of Thai chilli cheese chips...



Triple cooked chips which were so incredibly soft, coated in melted cheese, jalapenos and spring onions.  There was also a spicy tomato based sauce on these, and they were INCREDIBLE.  You'll know I don't really fancy chips, but I couldn't stop picking at these.  So much cheese...I knew I wouldn't be able to resist.

I was absolutely stuffed (especially after those cheeky samples at the wedding show!) and thus forfeited dessert.  I vow to return and try them though, as I've heard the most wonderful things.  We got our bill from the friendly waitress, and it came to a total of £53.  That included a milkshake, multiple cokes and juices, four burgers and three sides.  Not bad eh?!

Please, do yourselves a favour and get into Burger Meats Bun.  Fantastic burgers, wonderful sides and friendly staff.  Who could ask for more?



Contact Details:

Burger Meats Bun
48A West Regent Street
Glasgow
G2 2RA

Tel: 0141 353 6712

Website: http://www.burger-meats-bun.co.uk/

Wheelchair access: No







Dinner & A Show In One - Sapporo Teppanyaki, Liverpool

I have a large space in my heart reserved for Liverpool.  The nightlife is outstanding, the people are so friendly and the place itself is spectacular.

After a particularly rough night on the tiles, we decided that we would have a proper meal to help soften the blow, and to ensure that we could stomach more booze for that night.  My pal Stu was emphatic about Sapporo in Glasgow, so we made sure to book in for dinner at that restaurant, but in our favourite city.

You share a table at Sapporo, because the food is cooked in front of you.  Teppanyaki is a Japanese style of cooking, by placing the food on a large hot griddle.  It's really quick, fun to watch and tastes AMAZING.

We decided to get some cocktails in...




Japanese mojitos.  As if the original wasn't tasty enough, they go and amplify the immensity of it.  It's your usual blend of mojito ingredients, but mixed in with sake and Midori.  Myself and Rachel adored these; perfectly refreshing for the warm weather and also to cleanse your palate!

Although you share a table, not everyone is booked in for the same time.  They obviously keep the bookings as close as possible, but there are two griddles per table to accommodate both sides.  Whilst you are waiting, they fry potato slices for you...



The hilarious part is, once the potatoes are ready, he goes around the table and flips the potatoes at you - you need to try and catch it in your mouth!



 Once you've laughed at everyones pathetic (although sometimes successful!) attempt at catching them, your starter is ready to go.

Stuart and I ordered the barbecue spare ribs...



I'm a huge fan of ribs.  The meat was tender and fell off the bone, as it should.  The sauce was sticky and really tasty, a match made for pork ribs.  I've always found that Asian barbecue sauce is the best - it's sweeter almost, and not as numbing on the tongue.  A great starter and not too filling.

Our Rachel went for the smoked chicken rolls...



Rachel let me try a bit of these, and boy were they delicious!  Fragile filo pastry encased the Oak-smoked chicken, vegetables and bean sprouts.  It was served with a little portion of barbecue sauce to allow dipping.  I thought the chicken tasted fantastic, and it again was a brilliant start to our meal.

Now, I mentioned earlier the circus potato show.  It was good fun and really got the table laughing and talking; all of us as perfect strangers.  However, there isn't ever really a show without some pyrotechnics...






That's right.  To amuse you, and to get the adrenaline going, they literally light the whole griddle on fire, producing about a 3/4 foot flame.  It's amazing what these chefs can do, and how entertained you are whilst waiting on your meal.  Beware singed eyebrows!

What I loved was watching my meal being cooked.  I ordered the garlic lamb teppanyaki...






Cooked medium-rare, and to perfection, this was the best lamb dish I have ever had.  I'd say it even beats my lamb tagine at Chaophraya, which I thought I could marry.  Succulent, tender and coated in chunks of garlic cloves.  I was in my element.

As you wait upon your meat being cooked, they concoct egg fried rice and cook vegetables...




So, you get a wonderful looking plate like this:



Once your meat is cooked, it is added to it.  Your rice comes in a bowl so you can decide how little or how much you want.  The potatoes are given to you at the beginning (after the chucking!) so you always have something to nubble on until your meal is ready.

Unfortunately I was too busy stuffing my face to take pictures of Rachel & Stuart's meals.  They both ordered the chicken teriyaki, which was also done teppanyaki style.

I was so stuffed that I couldn't even finish my meal.  Me, not finishing food.  It's damn near impossible!  We decided to get our bill, which came to £106.  For 5 cocktails, three starters, three mains and priceless entertainment, I say that's pretty good!  It came to £40 a head, leaving some to cover the start of the tip.

Have you ever been to Sapporo, or is there a restaurant very similar that I should know about?  Get in touch!



Contact Details:

Sapporo Teppanyaki
134 Duke Street
Liverpool
L1 5AG

Tel: 0151 705 3005

Website: http://www.sapporo.co.uk/

Wheelchair access: Yes