Review: BrewDog DogHouse
99 Hutcheson Street, Glasgow Merchant City G1 1SN
I think this new BrewDog is a great addition to Merchant City and was really chuffed to visit when it first opened. Being a launch night, we were treated to lots of samples and the place had a real buzz about it, but I wanted to pay it a proper visit as a customer before reviewing it.
I went in for lunch this week with a veggie friend and was interested to see what they could offer as their menu is super meat heavy. It's all BBQ/smoked meats which personally I don't really like (I know, sacrilege coming from an Australian) so when my friend ordered a double portion of mac cheese for lunch, I followed suit and got the same. I also ordered a blue cheese salad because why not.
At lunch time, it was pretty quiet and we were able to grab a booth seat which are definitely the best seats in the house. Service seemed a little confused though, and I really couldn't tell whether it was full table service or if we were meant to go to the bar. We had our drinks order taken but then needed to go to the serving counter to get food, and I wasn't sure whether we needed to pay at the counter or could just pay for all our food and drinks together. I'm also not a huge fan of the canteen experience of ordering your food and then standing there and waiting for it, and would rather that they just did table service for food like a normal bar/restaurant but maybe it's just me.
So, how was the mac cheese? The server topped mine with crispy onions (drool) and it was absolutely lush. The right amount of cheesiness and a very generous portion which I actually struggled to finish, if you can believe that. The blue cheese salad was actually a wedge of iceberg lettuce and they'd magically managed to get blue cheese through each layer of the lettuce - perfect!
All up, I really liked the non-meat food here and would definitely recommend it - it's good to see that a veggie could find something to eat here even though at first glance the menu seems to meat-heavy. I wasn't having any beers (it was a Tuesday lunch time) but I will definitely be back for a session soon and will update accordingly!
Note: there's also the bottle shop so you can buy beers to take away, or to drink on site! Such a great idea. I didn't get a chance to look at the selection this time though.