June 6, 2016 Old Town, Sandwich No Comments

Gannet & Guga

The arches on East Market Street continue to fill up with new and interesting businesses. We’ve written about Baba Budan already and look forward to the arrival of the Chop House and Vino’s wine bar, but today our attention was grabbed by Gannet & Guga.

Exterior

Exterior

This is not, as I speculated, a collaboration between a much loved Glasgow eatery and the former French Open tennis champion, but rather a new venture showcasing an array of tempting sounding sandwiches.

I was visiting for a very late lunch having disembarked the Glasgow train at nearby Waverley station at just past 3.30pm. I could have eaten a scabby horse, so to speak.

Roll

Roll

Instead, the friendly counter man pointed me in the direction of their jerk chicken served on a substantial sourdough bun. With mango chutney and coriander also involved, this sounded like a good plan to me.

Things were quickly assembled, as a flock of paper folded gannets gazed down upon us from the ceiling, and I was soon on my way, pausing just long enough to capture photos in which my looming shadow didn’t obscure the sandwich.

Interior and board

Interior and board

It proved to be deeply satisfying eating with a well-judged balance of flavours and textures. The bread in particular was first rate.

I subsequently visited for a very early lunch at which I was well impressed with their warm brisket sandwich.

So overall, Gannet & Guga is starting life – I visited in its second week of trading – from a very promising position. I look forward to many future visits when I hope to give their Vietnamese dishes a try. Make sure to visit soon.

Scores
Blythe scores Gannet & Guga
4/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 16/20

I ate: jerk chicken, mango chutney and coriander sourdough bun

I wore: optimistic linen jacket

Total bill: £4.50

Address: East Market Street arches

Written by BKR