The Spanish Butcher
We’re a big chunk into the year and all the best new places (and by that I largely mean new to me rather than newly opened places) have been outside of Edinburgh with three in Glasgow and one in Newcastle. I’m sure this will even out over the year but it certainly illustrates that I’ve been on a good run with Glasgow dining of late.
In hopes of continuing that trend I headed to the Spanish Butcher on Miller Street, just a couple of doors down from the excellent Paesano.
From the same stable as Hutcheson’s and the Butchershop, I’d heard some positive reports and was keen to see what was what.
The place is much bigger than I’d expected with room for maybe 100. Dark green and wood was to the fore in the interior styling and the soundtrack was upbeat and lively.
As the name suggests, the emphasis is on meat dishes from Spain, with an extensive grill selection. At lunchtime and pre-theatre they have a well-priced set menu which has a good balance of seafood options. I opted for dishes from that list.
Although the menu was helpfully focussed, as I munched on excellent bread and olives I couldn’t quite work out what I wanted to eat. Accordingly, I opted to allow one of the excellently attentive front of house folks to choose what he thought were the best options.
I opened with the Shetland mussels served in a lobster broth with chorizo and fennel. This was a really pleasing starter with very good mussels in a well-crafted stock. I enjoyed it muchly.
The main course was one of the star attractions of the menu: a Bellota pork steak served with manchego-topped truffled fries and a fragrant mojo verde.
The pork was cooked medium rare although that turned out a little uneven. It was beautifully seasoned and really satisfying. The fries had excellent crispness and worked very well in accompaniment.
So overall, The Spanish Butcher gave me another impressive Glasgow dining experience. I enjoyed all the food I ate and the service steered me very skilfully. I look forward to many future visits.
Blythe scores The Spanish Butcher
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4.5/5 for service
giving an overall 16/20
I ate: sourdough and olives, Shetland mussels, secreto iberico de bellota
I drank: water
I wore: wet hat
Total bill: £25.50
Address: 80 Miller Street, Glasgow G1 1DT