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Porter & Rye

1131 Argyle Street, Glasgow , United Kingdom
Critics Review 4.5/5
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Open daily for Lunch and Dinner

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  • Disabled Access
  • Dogs Welcome
  • Free WiFi
  • Gluten Free Available

About Porter & Rye

Fine dry-aged meats & classic mixed drinks.
Molecular cooking & small plate dining.

Cuisine: Small Plates, Steak
Dress Code: Smart Casual
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Critics Review
Review by Emma - of Food and Drink Glasgow
4.5/5
Part of Kained Holdings, the innovative team behind The Finnieston, Lebowskis and Crafty Pig; Porter & Rye is a meat filled jewel located in the middle of the Finnieston strip. We booked in advance as it's not the biggest and always very busy when we pass by. The well-stocked bar stands out on arrival and this is one of the few places in Glasgow where you can have a glass of Rye Porter from WEST brewery, walk past the bar and it’s meat eaters’ heaven. A huge dry-aging cabinet is filled to the brim with hunks of beef and prime cuts at that: Onglet (Hanger), Rib Eye, Chateaubriand and Porterhouse. We dragged ourselves away from the display of meat to our table and made our choices. The vibe here is cosy and intimate; small tables with subdued lighting and a stripped-back interior. An amuse bouche of Smoked Haddock beignet (small fritters) with a lemon emulsion arrived quickly and was like superstar scampi: plump smoky fish with a tart lemon sauce for dipping. We cleared the plates quickly- a trend that would prevail well into the night! Sweet doughy bread and salted butter came next and was devoured before the starters could arrive. The Starters: Grilled Scottish Langoustine with braised sticky pork belly, apple and vanilla purée with thyme-compressed apples first, and thankfully no wrangling with langoustine shells was required. The moist and sticky sweet pork belly was delicious with the crisp thyme apples, an excellent pairing. Our other starter was a huge bowl of Ox Broth served with a couple of mini cheese scones. This was a rich beefy broth with threads of meat, full of flavour which begged for the scones to be dipped in. Before the main event, it was time to pick our implements: a selection of steak knives of differing styles and sizes was presented – serrated, full metal or a wooden handle? The choice is yours! he main event we opted for the Porterhouse menu choice which comes with two sauces and two sides. The Porterhouse: a 54 day-aged beauty from Tom Rodgers butchers, aged in-house. It’s a great cut, providing two types of steak, tenderloin and strip steak. We left it to chef to cook as he recommended; it came chargrilled on the outside, pink and moist on the inside. For the sides we chose beef dripping chips and Brussels sprouts, kale and lardons. We regret not ordering two portions of chips- as they were perfect. The earthy sprout/kale /lardon combination was delicious too, but beef dripping chips dipped into our sauces were to die for. The sauces: a classic béarnaise and a smoked oyster with roast garlic emulsion. The smoked oyster sauce was creamy with an anchovy saltiness accompanied by the welcome taste of garlic. We finished our mains and thought we might need to call it quits...however the siren song of dessert came calling. The peanut butter and banana crème brulee arrived at the table flambéd. It was creamy, full of peanut butter, with a crunchy sugar topping and served with a huge soft cookie. The hot toddy cheesecake with the accompanying clementine flavoured whisky was a bold choice, but proved ideal for the cold night we visited. Service was friendly and attentive and a great meal was had. We would certainly recommend booking here as it’s a busy restaurant in a popular area. Ease of booking: 5/5 Service: 5/5 Quality of food: 4/5 Quality of drinks: 5/5 Atmosphere: 4/5
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Visited On Friday, 18 May 2018

Still good food, but missed to be perfect. Cold sauce, slightly chewy steak. Great appetizer indeed.

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Visited On Friday, 18 May 2018

Delicious food, with lovely staff, great service, would definitely recommend.

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Visited On Thursday, 17 May 2018

We had a terrific meal with friends from London. Service and food was amazing.

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Visited On Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Just huge thank you to the chefs and especially Greg! They made out joint birthday the best yet. Have recommended to about 100 people already some who've spread ybeen and seen we were r8ght. Thanks again xxxxxxx

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Visited On Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Service was fantastic, starters and mains were delicious but desserts were a bit boring. We will definitely be coming back.

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Visited On Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Service was friendly but remarkably slow. From ordering to being served was an hour! Amuse bouche were a nice touch but couldn't compensate for the time it took for us to be served. The food itself garnered a mixed response from us all. The chateaubriand was apparently excellent as was the fillet my girlfriend had. I however, was disappointed with my ribeye. The steak was perfectly seasoned but I found the steak itself underwhelming. It was definitely serviceable but the meat itself was slightly lacking in marbling and flavour, in my opinion. The size was ok but felt 10% - 15% overpriced. The sides were tasty (beef dripping chips and seasonal greens) but laughably small. The greens in particular contained only two small florets of broccoli and I counted only seven chips in total in the other side. The blue cheese sauce was excellent as was the wine (a magnum of the malbec followed by a bottle of the sangiovese). I have eaten a lot of steak over the years in a variety of restaurants. I have no problem with spending a decent amount of money on a good steak. I really wanted to enjoy my experience at your restaurant but the overwhelming impression I had on leaving was that it represented poor value for money. The prices charged just don't reflect the quality or quantity of the food I'm afraid. A shame as just a couple of tweaks may have changed my impression completely.

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Visited On Sunday, 13 May 2018

Great deal from Itison. The four courses were all fantastic. They were out of a few cuts of meat and desserts, hence why it's not 5 stars.

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Visited On Saturday, 12 May 2018

Waitress was second to none a credit to you

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Visited On Friday, 11 May 2018

Food was great, good service, helpful waiting staff.

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Visited On Saturday, 12 May 2018

The food was incredible - maybe one of the best Sirloin Steaks I've had. Would recommend and return.

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Visited On Friday, 11 May 2018

Friendly service, the steaks are very good.

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Visited On Thursday, 10 May 2018

Fantastic as always.

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Visited On Thursday, 10 May 2018

Excellent friendly service and the best steak I've ever had. Thanks!

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Visited On Wednesday, 09 May 2018

Lovely food and venue, small but not cramped. Good drinks list and good selection of starters. Splendid service, would return.

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Visited On Saturday, 05 May 2018

Really good steaks

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Visited On Sunday, 06 May 2018

We went on Sunday and the food was great and the chef was happy to give us some yorkies from the roast with our ateaks, they had run out of quite a few things but didn’t tell us before we ordered so we were quite on the spot to order. The server also didn’t explain the menu with reg to what you get when you order steak (butter, sauce, side). She made up for it by being really charming and bubbly however. We were sat at the back with a table of 6 beside us, it was a nice private table however having a big table beside us made it very loud. I’d maybe suggest having just 2 tables of 2 in the back.

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Visited On Sunday, 06 May 2018

We had a great evening food was amazing couldn’t fault it at all! Will definitely be back.

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Visited On Sunday, 06 May 2018

Lovely place and we will return. Staff very friendly and food amazing!

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Visited On Sunday, 06 May 2018

I’ve selcted my rating based on my last visit, prior to this it would be all 5 stars. I left on Sunday feeling bitterly disappointed on so many points. Firstly, P&R advertise an upgrade to the Sunday lunch deal whereby you can change your meat for a steak from the a la carte menu. This was on the menu, on the chalkboard outside and on an Instagram post uploaded the day prior to my visit on Sunday. When I asked for this, the server told me that they “no longer do this” despite the aforementioned advertising. When the Sunday roast brisket meat arrived it was very dry and and really really disappointing. I also ordered the bone marrow mac and cheese which I normally love, and it was awful. It hadn’t clearly been microwaved which totally threw the texture off and made it lumpy, coupled with the fact there was no bone marrow in it and it was just tasteless. It felt like leftover school dinner, but for £3.95. I should have sent it back, but I didn’t like to as the staff as always were great and I didn’t want the awkwardness. The dessert that was advertised with the lunch menu was sold out, and the replacement was fine but I discovered after leaving that I was charged full price for that dessert. Had I known, I’d have picked something else. Also, the handwash had been diluted with water as it had run out. Which I always just find a bit awful. I’m not saying I wouldn’t be back as this one visit hasn’t spoiled the other great visits I have had; I just hope it were a one off.

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Visited On Sunday, 06 May 2018

Perfect meal other than the selection of draught beer. Would be good to get an actual pint, rather than a 2/3rd pint charged at the same price.

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Visited On Saturday, 05 May 2018

Excellent food, expensive but nice location and nice atmosphere.

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Visited On Saturday, 05 May 2018

Fabulous as always. The steak is to die for and worth every penny. One small (teeny) complaint (from him not me) is that that the leaves that came with the salad had vinegrette and he doesn't like that. Already looking forward to our next visit.

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Visited On Saturday, 14 April 2018

A friend recommended we try this place out and it did not disappoint. Lovely food and great service- will definitely be back!

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Visited On Monday, 30 April 2018

Food was outstanding, steak (Chateaubriand) was cooked perfectly and every mouthful was a treat. White Chocolate Parfait was the delicious, so creamy. Service was excellent, our waiter wished my girlfriend Happy Birthday and we also got a wee treat at dessert. Cocktails to finish. Was a great night and thoroughly enjoyed Birthday meal. It is of course an expensive meal. But considering everything was perfect and the food was great, I am happy to pay more.

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