The Hanoi Bike Shop is Glasgow’s first ever Vietnamese canteen, tucked down Ruthven Lane, off Byres Road in the West End. With bicycles and lanterns hanging from the ceiling and as many tables crammed in as physically possible, this lively place offers a large variety of exciting dishes to get your taste buds tingling. The menu is split into ‘Street Food’, ‘From the Pot & Grill’, ‘Pho’, ‘Tofu’ and ‘Sides’.
Everything sounds so appealing, its hard not to over-order. Most dishes are a hit though, so even if there are one or two that don’t take your fancy, you’ll have plenty to blow your socks off.
From Chilli & Cauliflower Fritters and Red Dragon Pheasant Thights with pickled kohlrabi, mint, coriander and crispy shallots to Caramel Pork Belly and Sea Bream with cucumber kimchi, watercress and chilli, not forgetting their selection of Pho, dishes are priced from £5.60 – £9.95. The incredible tasting fried brussel sprouts alone are a reason to go. This photo doesn’t do justice to how mind-blowing these taste.
They also make their own organic tofu which they prepare on a daily basis, tasting astoundingly better than the standard tofu offering.
If you’ve got any room left, make sure to have a traditional Vietnamese filter coffee with condensed milk to round off your meal.
Hanoi Bike Shop has a really lovely vibe to it. The service is always friendly and attentive without being intrusive, the menu has something for everyone and it doesn’t break the bank.