The Counter Custom Burgers
The first UK outlet for the US create-your-own burger specialists, boasting over a million combinations to dither over, dished up with American faves such as wings, shakes, malts and waffles.
A selective groan may be heard at the opening of another burger spot in Glasgow, but the bubble has deflated enough recently to warrant approaching this US newcomer with a less jaded palate. It’s the first UK restaurant for the custom-built specialist, tucked away in a corner of the relatively tucked away Springfield Quay leisure complex – so a limited spectrum of footfall, but it has the rarity of Clydeside dining, including al fresco option. What the Counter brings to the burger scene is choice. Alongside a handful of house-styled options, there’s a tick-sheet of steps that gets a bit Trainspotting: choose protein, choose size, choose style, choose cheese, choose sauce, choose toppings, choose sides, choose premium. There’s 100 boxes to swither over, and what’s borderline gimmicky becomes a rather fun and enthralling delve into a world of the common, the weird and the wonderful (salt and vingar crisps topping, anyone?) And when it comes, it’s good eating – patties are thick enough to hold succulence, fries are good, onion ‘strings’ are addictive – and if it’s not good, you’ll be mainly to blame. And if burgers aren’t your thing there is plenty of wriggle room – with even possibilities of do-it-yourself healthy and nutritious concoctions.
- High point: Choices. Lots of them. Way more than anyone.
- Low point: It can get a bit pricey for burger and fries
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables
- Music on stereo: Classic pop hits
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 11
- House wine: £17 per bottle