This weekend Nick Watkin’s aka El Perro Negro created one of the most decadent burgers Glasgow has ever seen, quite rightly named The Top Dog.
Self taught chef, Nick started off catering for private dining events but recently ventured into the Burger Scene which is extremely rife in Glasgow and fiercely competitive. Currently making dishes at his pop-up restaurant at Bar Bloc, he aims to expand his current range over the coming months.
The Top Dog consists of a burger patty made from rare breed Highland Cows mixed with some bone marrow, quality bacon, black truffle mayonnaise, bone marrow and Roquefort butter, caramelised onions in between a sesame seed toasted brioche bun. Served with french fries and a little tub of black truffle mayo on the side, it will set you back £9.95 which is rather reasonable considering the quality of the ingredients involved.
The patty was thick, well seasoned and robust. You could tell that the burger was of a high quality after the first bite. The bone marrow and Roquefort butter did not overpower the burger as I first feared. The combinations of flavours worked extremely well. The patty was served medium-well and even though I would have normally gone for medium, it was extremely juicy. I wouldn’t put this down to the chef, but to the waitress who didn’t really know anything about the burger. When asked how the burger is cooked, her reply was “it’s a little messy”. When asked again if the burger was served well done or medium, she responded by saying “yes, it’s cooked, you’ll like it”. I don’t think she had any idea what I was asking and that was a bit of a let down, but in no way reflected on El Perro Negro .
I can honestly say that it was by far the best £9.95 I spent in a long time. The burger was sensational and that is a pretty hard thing to say about a burger. However, this burger is of such a high calibre that it is safe to say that it is one of the best in Glasgow. After finishing the burger, I couldn’t stop talking about it. The black truffle mayo which was served with the burger was rather addictive and took the entire burger to a whole new level. So much so that I asked if I could get some to take away with me.
The burger was completely sold out today and is on limited sale tomorrow (Sunday 20th July). If you’re in Glasgow and like a good burger, you definitely need to head down to Bar Bloc and try one for yourself before they are gone for good.
- Food - 10/1010/10
- Value - 10/1010/10