Porter & Rye

1131 Argyle St, Glasgow, United Kingdom, G3 8ND
Critics Review 4.5/5
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Open daily for Lunch and Dinner

Facilities
  • 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, Fine Dining
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 Saturday, 28 November 2020

Never even got to go. Booking wasn't cancelled despite the restaurant being closed for Covid. Deposit has not been refunded. No communication whatsoever. Very disappointed.

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Visited On Thursday, 08 October 2020

Fantastic as always

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Visited On Thursday, 08 October 2020

The food has declined in quality since our last visit. The lack of complimentary bread, amouse bouches, and lackluster sauces were a disappointment. Mac and cheese was also much thinner than before. We will not be returning.

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Visited On Thursday, 08 October 2020

Amazing! Our server was lovely and the food was fantastic. No complaints whatsoever! Loved it and will definitely be back

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Visited On Thursday, 08 October 2020

One of the best meals I’ve had.

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Visited On Thursday, 08 October 2020

Waitress was lovely. Shame I couldn't see her face. Ribeye was AMAZING - the best, the bigly best. Cruel Mistress- cool name, did not disappoint. Baked Alastair- yummy

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Visited On Wednesday, 07 October 2020

Great selection of cuts cooked very well by great chefs. Our tomahawk steak marinated with the chimichurri Butter was fantastic thanks for making a birthday night special.

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Visited On Wednesday, 07 October 2020

Food was fantastic as usual, service was perfect, very attentive. Food did take longer than usual but worth the wait especially for the price!

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Visited On Sunday, 04 October 2020

Lovely restaurant, would recommend

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Visited On Monday, 05 October 2020

I don’t normally take the time to review restaurants but this place is an except because it was exceptional - the staff and the food were fantastic and could not be faulted. This place is superb!!

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Visited On Sunday, 04 October 2020

Great food, great service. Felt very safe

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Visited On Saturday, 03 October 2020

Fantastic starter of soda bread and olives and best steak ever as usual, no surprise there, have been there half a dozen times and never disappointed, can't wait to go back.

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Visited On Saturday, 03 October 2020

Our waitress was fantastic, knowledgeable and attentive but not intrusive. At one point we noticed a piece of dessert falling over on the plate as she carried it to another table. Rather than simply put it down, she apologised, returned to the pass and had it re-plated so that it looked fantastic as she delivered it to the diners.

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Visited On Saturday, 03 October 2020

Again a lovely meal -safe COVID measures in place with staff wearing masks at all times. Can’t fault the meal lovely bread, starters and the steak was beautifully cooked. Recommend.

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Visited On Saturday, 03 October 2020

Sadly no t-bones left which was very disappointing as it was only 5:30, we also had to wait 50 minutes for our meal to be brought to us. quality of the food was amazing however portion size is very small

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Visited On Saturday, 03 October 2020

Fantastic!!

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Visited On Saturday, 03 October 2020

Food was absolutely amazing..not one complaint, very friendly staff.

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Visited On Saturday, 03 October 2020

One of not the best steak I have ever had. We shared the 16oz chateaubriand steak which was absolutely divine. 3 good size slices with a salt that was to die for. Deserts let the side down by a smidge (a small one at that!). The sponge on the Raspberry sponge was a bit on the dry side, but we will be coming back. More than once. Highly recommended for any steak lover!

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Visited On Saturday, 03 October 2020

Only complaint is that it was a little cold in the restaurant during our visit

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Visited On Thursday, 01 October 2020

Tempura broccoli was amazing !!!!! Lovely staff

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Visited On Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Thoroughly enjoyable evening. Only minor fault was choice of beer was limited but that is understandable given uncertainty over restrictions / lockdowns. My wife had the "best fillet steak I have ever tasted" and my rib-eye was perfection. Will definitely be back next time we are in the region.

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Visited On Monday, 28 September 2020

Amazing as always! First time back since lockdown and did not disappoint, food was amazing, drink was great and the waitress was lovely and friendly! Covid countermeasures were in place and very professional. Already can’t wait to go back, strongly recommend

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Visited On Sunday, 27 September 2020

Nothing to right home about here I’m afraid , bit on the bland side and overpriced

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Visited On Sunday, 27 September 2020

Atmosphere was affected by Covid restrictions but otherwise couldn’t fault a thing.

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Visited On Saturday, 26 September 2020

Altogether we had a good experience though miner details missing hence the reason for the four stars. we were not informed of any specials and felt the alcohol beverage menu was limited

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