Natural Born Grillers
When Our Beer Man sent me a photo of a place called Natural Born Grillers at the heart of one of Glasgow’s less salubrious neighbourhoods, I felt the strong need to visit at my earliest convenient opportunity.
I did so on a sleepy Tuesday on one of the first days back to the daily office routine.
Now, I try to keep things bright and breezy with Lunchquest and I felt there was strong comic potential from the name of this place even if the food wasn’t great.
However, what I was confronted with at Natural Born Grillers was a pretty grim picture of the health of this community. This was compounded by one customer verbally abusing the police officers who were standing outside just out of earshot in fairly horrific terms. There was a general sense of this being a really sad part of the world.
The interior of the place matched this sense of doom but the counter staff were friendly in their own special way and did manage to serve up my order quite efficiently.
I opted for their cheeseburgers. This was cooked to order from frozen. It was ready soon enough allowing me to make my escape.
It looked fairly underwhelming and the burger was extremely poor. I joked with MJ, with whom I was in constant message contact throughout this strange episode, that the vegan munchy box I’d recently sampled had more meat in it.
But as is so often the way with Glasgow, the crispy roll strode in to the rescue. The cheese was decent cheddar, too, so it did at least come together to make a passable eat.
So overall, Natural Born Grillers was a fairly chastening experience. There’s a fine line between somewhere being entertainingly radge and it being just a bit terrifying. It’s clearly a popular community focal point but it isn’t serving food likely to inspire. I didn’t enjoy my experience there and wouldn’t recommend a visit.
Blythe scores Natural Born Grillers
2.5/5 for food
2.5/5 for presentation
1.5/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 10/20
I ate: cheeseburger
I wore: pinstripes
Total bill: £2
Address: 140 Abercromby Street, Glasgow G40 2SA