The Hanoi Bike Shop

The Hanoi Bike Shop
8 Ruthven Lane, Glasgow, G12 9BG
  • Telephone 0141 334 7165
  • Food served Mon–Thu noon–11pm; Fri noon–12.30am; Sat 11am–12.30am; Sun 11am–11pm.
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The Hanoi Bike Shop

Down a lane off Byres Road, the fist Vietnamese restaurant in town offers taste-crammed food with a creative and individual twist.

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Hanoi Bike Shop does a brisk trade turning out aromatic and enticing Vietnamese dishes in a relaxed canteen-style environment. Bicycle wheels hang from the ceiling as a nod to the name, and a jumble of mismatched furniture adds to the informal atmosphere. Sharing is encouraged, with sections of the menu dedicated to small dishes such as crisp pork spring rolls, Vietnamese fish cakes, and chilli and cauliflower fritters. Organic tofu is prepared daily from scratch and served with a variety of sauces, from gentle tomato and ginger to pungent chilli, peanut and mint. Pho is rightly lauded, with several varieties on offer. A giant bowl of classic beef pho is a richly flavoured broth packed with shreds of meat, beansprouts and slippery noodles. It’s served with a side of herbs, lemon and chilli for diners to augment the bowl as they please. The cuisine lends itself to allergen-free cooking, and extensive vegan and gluten-free menus are always available. A bowl of soothing milk sorbet or a strong, sweet Vietnamese coffee is a good end to the meal.

  • High point: Homemade organic tofu
  • Low point: Small dishes are pricey
  • Notable dish: Classic beef pho
  • Average price: £17 (lunch); £17 (dinner)
  • Private dining: 35 in upstairs area
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: classic 70s rock and indie
  • Capacity: 80[12]
  • Largest group: 30
  • Open since: 2012
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 4
  • House wine: £16.50 per bottle

Reviews & features

Street food bursts out from its exotic enclave in Glasgow and Edinburgh

2 Apr 2015

Enjoy casual pan-Asian dining at restaurants including Bar Soba, Tuk Tuk and The Hanoi Bike Shop

From the crowded streets of Cambodia to the hustling alleys of Singapore, street food is an everyday occurrence for millions of people. Something that’s so mundane (to them) as a pandan pudding in Kuala Lumpur or a kimbap in Seoul suddenly becomes…

Q&A: Beth McDonald – The Hanoi Bike Shop

27 Oct 2014

Assistant Manager and Pho Chef talks festive food as Christmas approaches

How does your restaurant change in look and atmosphere in December? What effect are you hoping for? We like to keep things as authentic as possible, even throughout the festive period, therefore we have very few decorations. We do however like to…

The List Eating & Drinking Guide Awards for 2013 announced

18 Apr 2013

Winners of the annual Best Newcomer Awards in Glasgow and Edinburgh

With the publication of its Eating & Drinking Guide for 2013, The List announced the winners of its annual Best Newcomer Awards. Selected from restaurants opening in Edinburgh and Glasgow since April 2012, the winners are chosen by the guide's…