The ‘Top Dog’ Burger – El Perro Negro Pop-up at Bar Bloc, Glasgow

The name ‘Top Dog Burger’ certainly leaps off of the menu of El Perro Negro‘s street food pop-up at Bar Bloc. We’re immediately told that this is a great burger; but in Glasgow’s tough and competitive burger scene, that’s certainly a bold statement to make. This burger; however, is aptly-named and is, to date, the best burger in Glasgow.

El Perro Negro Menu
El Perro Negro Menu

El Perro Negro is the brainchild of self-taught chef Nick Watkins. Nick is actually no stranger to James vs. Burger; in fact, he’s been posting photos of his homemade meals over on our Facebook page for a couple of years now. His photos have always been met with positive feedback from the James vs Burger team and the rest of the community and it’s great to see that food now making an appearance in Glasgow for us all to try. We’re not sure if Nick decided to start his own business based on the great feedback he received from other readers on James vs. Burger’s Facebook page, or if it’s something he’s been planning for years, but whatever the reason may be, we’re glad that he did. From reading his Twitter account, it would appear that a permanent street food location or set up of some kind may be in the works, but this particular pop-up event took place at Bar Bloc on Bath street.

The Top Dog Burger
The Top Dog Burger

The ‘Top Dog’ Burger consists of a rare-breed beef patty topped with rare-breed bacon, bone marrow and roquefort butter, caramelised onions and black truffle mayo on a toasted brioche bun.

Served with skinny fries.
Served with skinny fries.

Presentation-wise, everything was kept fairly simple. The burger was the perfect size – not small, but not so big that you can’t pick it up or eat it without taking it apart. This isn’t towering food challenge nonsense, but all about quality. It came served with skinny fries and some black truffle mayo on the side.

The Top Dog Burger by 'El Perro Negro'
The Top Dog Burger by ‘El Perro Negro’

Taste-wise, it was absolutely sensational. After a couple of bites, I knew that this was the best burger that I’d ever eaten in Glasgow. Everything about it just worked, from the hearty patty which was thick, superbly-seasoned and juicy to the bun which was light, perfectly toasted and robust enough to hold together despite the obscene amount of juices that flowed with each bite. The patty had a rich, beefy flavour which was enhanced by the bone marrow and roquefort butter. The marrow and butter were strong, but subtle enough that the high quality beef was still the standout flavour. We weren’t asked how we wanted the burger cooked, but it was cooked perfectly and served medium. The rare-breed bacon was thick, slightly crisp and not greasy at all. Personally, I’m not the biggest fan of bacon on a burger but this was great. The caramelised onions were sweet, thick and balanced out the rich, smokey flavour of the beef and bone marrow for a pleasant finish to each bite. That black truffle mayo too…you’ll want to spread a little more of that on the burger and leave some to dip the fries in. Delicious!

Be prepared to get your hands a bit messy with this one, but we can honestly say that you won’t care about that after your first bite or two.


This review is being posted only a few hours after eating this burger. We can still smell the bone marrow on our fingers, but wanted to get this online as soon as possible as the burger is only available today and tomorrow (Sunday August 3rd) and you really shouldn’t miss out on this one. We’re sure that El Perro Negro will be back again with the Top Dog burger soon, but we have no idea when or where that will be. The last time the burger made an appearance at Bloc just a few weeks ago, it completely sold out so grab your coat, ignore the rain and go get it.

We really can’t fault this burger at all. The fries, which came with the burger, were fairly standard skinny fries and nothing that you won’t have eaten in Glasgow before. The burger; however, was so good, that what was on the side seems irrelevant.

It’s hard to write about such a burger without it sounding like we’re hyping it up too much, but we’d recommend that you give it a try and experience it for yourself.

Inside the 'Top Dog' burger.
Inside the ‘Top Dog’ burger.

Simply put, at the time of writing this review, this is the best burger to be had in Glasgow. Go get it.

Price: £11.95 (includes fries)

+ Great quality.
+ Excellently cooked.

+ Full of flavour.
+ Juicy.
+ Perfectly proportioned.

Have you tried this burger? Did you love it? If so, vote for it in the ‘Glasgow’s best burger’ award by clicking here.

Talk to James on Twitter and tell us what you thought of this burger! You can also leave your own review and comments below. We want to hear from you! You can also leave a message or join in on the burger chat on our Facebook page.

El Perro Negro Street Food
Twitter @PerroNegroGlas for news, next location etc.

This particular pop-up took place at:

Bar Bloc
117 Bath Street
G2 2SZ
Tel: 0141 574 6066

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