El Perro Negro liked pop-ups before they were cool. Burger-slinging takeovers in bars and venues since 2014 have established a strong reputation. Their signature dish, the Top Dog Burger is made up of a rare-breed beef patty topped with slices of rare-breed bacon, then bone marrow and roquefort butter, caramelised onions and black truffle mayo on a toasted brioche bun. It remains a thing of beauty.
So, there was a frisson of excitement when chef Nick Watkins announced that he was opening a permanent burger joint on Argyle Street.
The aim is to provide the best burger in Glasgow. Many think they have already achieved that goal.
With new restaurant openings like this, particularly in a space that requires a refit, the process is slow, methodical and laboured. Then, all of a sudden, frenetic activity brings the place to the point it can welcome customers.
That’s where El Perro Negro is right now. Close to opening.
Today, the sign appeared for the first time at 966 Argyle Street, a unit that was Buddy’s BBQ at one point.
It’s a neat little place. There will be room for eight or nine to eat in, most orders will be to takeaway. Eventually delivery is part of the plan. Then there’s talk of expansion and a second location, but more on that another time.
For now, prepare yourself. El Perro Negro will soon arrive to shake up the natural order of things in the West End.
El Perro Negro
966 Argyle Street