When you think of kobe beef, several images often pop into your head, mostly that of cows being massaged all day long and fed nothing but beer. It sounds like a great life and one that most men would probably fantasize about all day long! Well, up until the slaughtering anyway.
For those who don’t know, kobe beef originated in Kobe, Japan, and refers to cuts of beef from a variety of cattle called Wagyu which are raised and reared on a strict diet. The meat is considered to be a delicacy and is known for it’s full flavour, tenderness and marbled texture. Kobe style burgers are hard to come by in Scotland, but when we discovered that the Grill on the Corner in Glasgow offered one as part of it’s vibrant menu, it quickly shot to the top of our list as the next stop on our never-ending burger journey.
The Grill on the Corner serves up it’s kobe burger with various toppings available to choose from. I opted for onion and mushroom as I felt that cheese on top may overpower the flavour of the meat a little. The first thing I’d like to point out about Grill on the Corner is that it’s one of the few places in Scotland that I’ve been to where you will actually be asked how you’d like your burger cooked. This is pretty much standard practice in the US, but in a lot of the UK it’s widely ignored for the most part. I’m happy to say that the Grill on the Corner now joins the Butchershop Bar & Grill as one of the only two places in Scotland that I know of to offer customers this choice. This alone immediately gives the Grill on the Corner bonus points, before we even move on to the food. The waiter recommended medium-rare, which is what I would always normally ask for anyway.
The burger itself was delicious and the presentation first class, aside from the bun, which I wasn’t a huge fan of. The meat was extremely tender and juicy and had a beautiful lightly charcoaled flavour to it. I’m glad that I opted for no cheese and instead went with toppings of mushroom and onion because the flavour of the beef was something to really savour. Despite this, Pamela’s kobe burger topped with bacon and cheese did look mouth-wateringly good! The meat was cooked perfectly and was served medium-rare just as I had asked for. As soon as I took one bite, the juices from the meat started to flow like a river. It had a nice sweet finish and luckily, was good enough to make me not really care about the fact that I’d have preferred a different bun.
The burger also came with a basket of skin-on fries, which looked very cool as you can see from the photo above. They were nice and crunchy and the skins being left on gave them a very earthy flavour. The tomato relish that accompanied the fries was also great.
The kobe beef burger from the Grill on the Corner isn’t cheap, but if you are looking for a great quality burger in excellent surroundings, you should definitely splash out. Easily one that will make our list of the best burgers in Scotland. Don’t miss out.
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The Grill on the Corner is located on Bothwell Street, just a few minutes walk from both Glasgow Central Station and Buchanan Street Subway.
+ Well cooked.
+ Very juicy
– Despite tasting very good, a better bun would have only improved things.
The Grill on the Corner
21-25 Bothwell Street
Phone: 0141 248 6262
6 thoughts on “The Kobe Burger – The Grill on the Corner, Glasgow”
I doubt it’s real Kobe, its illegal to export Kobe beef from Japan, and I’d doubt you’d get raw meat through customs, think someone should call trading standards.
Wow, that’s a helpful comment! The burger is made from wagyu beef which is bred in the UK and treated just as it is in Japan. And how do you think all the meat that is imported into the UK gets here thru customs, Pre-Cooked?
So, it should be marketed at Wagyu beef then; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kobe_beef#.22Kobe-style.22_beef
As spendo says, export of ‘Kobe’ is illegal from Japan; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kobe_beef#Mislabeling
I had the Kobe steak from Grill on the Corner last year. I always buy something really self-indulgent with my bonus form work every year so I decided to blow £60 on a steak. I’d had the Kobe burger from Ketchup a couple of times before and loved it as the meat literally just melts in your mouth. The steaks though were really underwhelming and I’ve had better ‘normal’ steaks elsewhere for a fraction of the price. I’m sure the burgers are probably just as good or better than Ketchup’s but I’d definitely advise anyone to avoid the steaks as it’s just not worth it at all.
I’ve tried the kobe burger a while back (couple of years ago) and wasnt so impessed – i found the patty quite wet ( not moist and juicy) if that makes any sense and under seasoned too.as an aside I agree on them mis-marketing as a ‘kobe’ beef burger. I’m lucky enough to have had a proper wagyu steak in Japan and it was without doubt the best piece of meat i’ve ever tasted.
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