The original Piece is as popular and discerning as when it opened in 2008 – classy sandwiches made with love, care and know-how.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Piece’s original shop has both been an early part of the Finnieston renaissance and raised the bar for sandwich sellers city-wide. All meat is roasted in-house, sauces are homemade, cakes, too (they’ve recently moved all such prep to a standalone unit in Ibrox, freeing things up here). Baguettes are the most popular breadstuff but one can also opt for ciabatta, bloomer or a carb-free salad version of their creations, such as the Pastrami Special (with gouda, pickles, slaw and sweet chilli mayo) or the Smackdown (horseradish mayo and smoked, peppered mackerel with beetroot and leaves). Anything with the salt beef or hot smoked salmon is a deliciously safe bet, too. Flavours contrast and complement, and staff make you feel that they genuinely care about you and your lunch. Takeaways are big here but sitting in is a most pleasant experience, with ceramic white tiles, crisp lines and a chatty, artisan bonhomie.
- High point: Makes sandwiches exciting
- Low point: Wee bit cold near the door
- Notable dish: Pastrami Special (with gouda, pickles, slaw and sweet chilli mayo)
You could be forgiven for not noticing the small, unassuming shop front of Piece, but once you’ve tried it you’ll never be able to walk by again without nipping in for a filled flatbread or a bloomer bursting with flavour. From the meat section of the menu both The Inquisitor, a combination of Spanish ingredients including chorizo, manchego and roasted peppers, and The Fat Boy with ham, egg mayo, cheddar, garlic and Dijon, are highly recommendable, although there are plenty of fish, chicken and vegetarian fillings of equal appeal. The tricky balance of café service and a hugely popular takeaway counter is seemingly maintained with ease by the friendly and efficient staff. Save some room for a blueberry cheesecake muffin or a delicious salted caramel tart.
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: quirky and cool tunes, in the background
- Live entertainment: Local art/photography exhibitions - pictures for sale, changes every two months
- Capacity: 25 (6 outdoors)
- Largest group: 0
- Open since: 2008
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