Eating a burger properly requires the use of both hands, much like holding a baby, swinging a golf club, or trying to give yourself a congratulatory handshake for choosing to eat a burger. Avoid shaky restaurant choices with today’s Groupon: £11 for a gourmet burger meal for two plus a cocktail each at The Universal.
Located in the heart of Glasgow, the bustle of bar life and savoury continental cuisine at The Universal practically pours onto the quaint cobble stone streets. Although this resto-bar resides centrally, its unassuming ambiance provides a cryptic comfort. With opulent French doors, brooding cherry wood tables, and a bar dressed in rustic brown brick, The Universal’s atmosphere is seemingly as sumptuous as its freshly prepared dishes.
The patty pros at Universal elevate dining by employing time tested practices to their gourmet burger menu. Freshly prepared morsels of bun cargo, such as 100% beef, Cajun seasoned chicken, and a mushroom, red pepper and chick pea combo construct an edible tower along with lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise and thick hand cut chips. Diners can enjoy their food with their choice of cocktail from the classic menu, such as a cosmopolitan or margheritta, or a bottle of chilled Stella Artois.
The Universal received a tasty 4/5 from both Yelp and Qype users. While some users felt there could be improvement in the service at times, reviewers praised the quality of the food, laid back atmosphere, and tucked away location.
It's usually busy enough with quite a diverse crowd of people. Downstairs, there's the vibe of a chilled out, traditional gastropub. Upstairs, it's more sleek [sic], which is perfect when they make the transition into a clubnight [sic].
– Marj C., Yelp, Aug 2010
Great for a Friday night drink after work, sometimes they dony [sic] have a great selection of beers but the food more than makes up for it! The bar downstairs is cosy and the club nights upsatirs [sic] are good!
– Seb_Mac, Qype, Jun 2010