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“Mediocre at best.”
Review of Black Sparrow - CLOSED

Black Sparrow
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Scottish
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed July 2, 2013

Ordered pan-fried sea bass on a bed of 'crushed' Jersey Royal potatoes and my friend ordered a char-grilled chicken fillet. The food arrived way too quickly to have been freshly cooked and certainly had neither the taste or the appearance of freshly-prepared food. Instead of having lovely crisp skin, glistening with the oil it had supposedly just been fried in, the sea bass looked dry and flabby, as though it had been cooked earlier and reheated. The chicken was no better and could not possibly have been char-grilled in the time between placing our order and the food arriving. Why would anyone 'crush' Jersey Royal potatoes? Part of the attraction is the texture of freshly-boiled new potatoes in their skins. Seasonal greens, ordered as a side-dish were completely undercooked and lukewarm instead of hot.
In my experience, Black Sparrow is best avoided. There must be many other Glasgow restaurants that serve genuine freshly-cooked food, made from fresh ingredients. Perhaps the burgers would have been better but when they offer fish on the menu, they should be able to do better than they did. Or give up offering fish and leave the 'chef' to cook burgers.

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Thank moraybear
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

As there is much choice in Glasgow to go for a burger it took us a while to make us a decision on where to go on Saturday night! We booked through 5pm on the 2 for 1 burger deal. So glad we decided to go to Black Sparrow! When we arrived the bar was really busy but not overcrowded like a lot of places on a Saturday evening! There was a really nice buzz about the place. We were seated at one of the leather booths in the middle of the restaurant but we still felt like we had privacy. Started off with a fabulous French martini while we looked at the varied burger menu. I had the Blue Sparrow(blue cheese, bacon, caramelised onion) and my other half had the Italian Sparrow(Parma ham and Parmesan) Served with the softest brioche bun and i opted for the cajun fries which had quite a kick to them! The burger itself was full of flavour and tender. Tried the haggis fritters as well, which is the most amazing haggis ive ever tried! Service was attentive, making sure we were ok for drinks etc and very pleasant. Cant wait to go back and try the Scottish Sparrow! Definetly the best burgers in Glasgow!

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Thank lmcn1986
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Reviewed June 30, 2013

Booked here before going to the theatre. Nice decor- leather booths and outside terrace. Staff were friendly. We had the burgers - blue sparrow and french sparrow- both were great. Lovely burger with nice brioche bun and great chips. Blue sparrow came with cheese, bacon and caramelised onions; French with bacon and Brie. We booked on 5pm which meant we got a free glass of wine. Altogether great value for money, great staff and great food. We'll be back.

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Thank Fiona M
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

We had dinner here and drinks. The place was tranquil and the drinks were quite tasty. The staff was friendly.

Thank Phoenix Native
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

The décor in here is stunning - high ceilings, leather booths - simply stunning and unlike any other bar I've been in. We want on a Friday night and many of the tables were reserved, but luckily we managed to get a high table. We had burgers - my husband had the Blue Sparrow and I have the Mexican Chickpea version - both were great. We also had a couple of cocktails - which cost £6.25 each (they are cheaper during the week) - being used to London prices this seemed reasonable to us. There was table service which was attentive and couldn't be faulted. If I had a bar like this near me, I'd be in here every week.

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Thank sanddancer1
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