Today’s post is a review of the brilliant meal I had with Jordanne at Smashburger in Glasgow! I hope you aren’t hungry, because you certainly will be by the end of this post.
Back on 18th October, Jordanne and I made our way through the Glasgow drizzle to Sauchiehall Street to take part in the Glasgow VIP Preview of the new Smashburger before it opened on the 19th.
Before I go into the delicious meal we had, I wanted to tell you a little about Smashburger. At Smashburger, they believe that smashing is best. Their handmade burgers are smashed, seared and seasoned to order using 100% fresh British beef. Smashburger’s buns, fresh produce, flavourful sauces, and variety of cheeses, are designed to deliver a great tasting, juicy burger that you can taste in every bite. There are now branches of Smashburger in over 370 locations across 9 countries, all in the 10 years since they were founded.
But back to our experience at the Glasgow restaurant!
Upon our arrival, we were greeted by a smiling face, and were ushered to our seats where we were talked through the menu and how to order. Already I was loving the vibe of Smashburger. It was busy with other people who all seemed to be really enjoying their food, and there were plenty of staff members circulating and ensuring that everything was to our satisfaction.
The menu is quite extensive, and it took me quite a while to figure out what I wanted to eat. With 9 signature beef burgers, 8 signature chicken burgers (either grilled or crispy), 2 veggie burgers, and then to top it all off there is the option to create your own if none of their burgers appeal to you! The predesigned burgers range in price from £6.25 to £8.95, and the create your own burgers vary in price according to what you want to eat. There are also 8 sides to choose from, and these range in price from £2.75 to £4.25 depending on portion sizes.
When we finally settled on what we wanted, Jordanne and I headed up to the counter to place our orders. You pay at this stage, similar to Nandos and Wetherspoons, so you can relax and enjoy your food without worrying about paying at the end. Once you’ve ordered, you receive a little buzzer that will alert the waiting staff to your table. Since Jordanne and I both went for an unlimited soft drink freestyle drink, we were given cups and directed towards the self-service, touch-screen fountain. I love these machines – there are so many different flavours of drinks to choose from!
Having been told that our meals would be 5-6 minutes, we started to look around us for any faces we recognised, as well as taking the opportunity to snap some photos. I’m pretty certain the food came earlier than we were told though, as it felt like we had barely updated our social medias when our burgers appeared in front of us. And oh my god they looked so good!
I chose to have the Crispy Chicken Local Smash Stilton Stack burger, served with the Sweet Potato Smash Fries. This meant my crispy chicken burger was served with chutney, rocket, haystack onions, applewood smoked bacon, and stilton cheese, all served on a Smash bun. My mouth was watering in anticipation whenever I saw it! This, plus my drink, would’ve cost £15.40. Some people may consider this a bit much for a meal, but it was delicious and I was that full I didn’t eat anything else the rest of the day having not eaten before it either.
Jordanne chose to create her own burger, opting for a regular plain beef burger, on a Smash bun, with bacon, cheese, and lettuce, with regular french fries, and the same drink as me. While her the beef of her burger didn’t look the most appetising, she assured me that it tasted really really good! And it looked like she enjoyed it – especially by the looks of the empty plate!
As I tend not to use bathrooms that I don’t know (don’t ask, I have slight issues about bathrooms) I had to rely on Jordanne’s opinions of the bathrooms, but she said they were lovely and clean – just what you’re looking for in a restaurant.
So overall, I simply loved Smashburger, and will definitely be back as soon as possible! I also loved that they have a kid’s menu, and a takeaway menu that has been sitting taunting me from the other side of the living room, begging me to place an order when I get in from work. I haven’t yet, but I know that I will be fighting this temptation until I next go into Glasgow for a meal!
Have you been to Smashburger before? Or is there a burger restaurant that you simply can’t wait to get back to?