On Friday Mr Culinary and I decided to make an impromptu visit to a place we’ve been meaning to go to for quite some time – The Butchershop Bar & Grill in Glasgow’s West End. I first heard about it via my friend Herby’s blog, and have been lusting after some of their steak ever since.
We already had our heart set on their Chateaubriand, so all that remained was so decide on starters and sides – not an easy task. I wanted to order pretty much every side on the menu, which Mr Culinary wisely vetoed – I was so stuffed at the end I couldn’t quite finish what we did have!
I started with a Goats Cheese Cake, with caramelized apple and hazelnut salad. It was gorgeous – the caramelized apples went beautifully with the cheese, with the hazelnuts adding a wee bit of texture, and the whole thing was lovely and flavoursome.
Mr Culinary opted for mussels, which I would never normally try because I didn’t like them when I was younger, so I’m just fussy and stay away. These smelled so good though, when he offered me one I decided to go for it… and it was incredible. I’m still not sold on the mussel texture so they’re still probably not something I would order for myself, but these had a gorgeous flavour and I was definitely pleasantly surprised! The sauce was beautiful too – I very enthusiastically helped Mr Culinary mop it out of the bowl with his bread at the end.
Then it was time for the main event! A waitress had earlier presented us with our cut of meat, to check we were satisfied with it before cooking (it looked so beautiful I would have happily dived into it raw), and after our starters were cleared, a cutting board was brought over in preparation to serve it.
I didn’t think thievery of the carving set would be appreciated, but our own steak knives are the same make and we now have a hankering to buy these beauties. I don’t actually have a carving set, so it’s a totally reasonable purchase, right? Ahem.
On the subject of tableware, I was very much delighted with the way our sides were served:
We went for creamed spinach and glazed carrots, brought to us in adorable miniature skillets. I’m in love. The sides themselves were exceptional – particularly the glazed carrots. They were sweet and delicious and everything a glazed carrot should be.
The Chateaubriand also comes with mash and thick cut chips (or double mash, or double chips, whatever your preference) both of which were also very good. The mash was lovely and thick, and those chips were just magnificent. They were particularly good dipped in béarnaise sauce.
Now for the meat… I can’t even think about it without drooling. Just take a look at this:
That just says it all doesn’t it? It was absolutely mouth-watering, tender, delicious… and there was so much of it. Neither me or Mr Culinary could finish off all the sides, and although I did glance at the dessert menu and it all sounded amazing, I thought I would have a Monty Python moment if I tried to eat any more. So worth it though – now I just need to go back and get pudding at some point! (and more steak..!)