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.
  • Average price £13 (lunch); £13 (evening meal)
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The Hanoi Bike Shop

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

Eating & Drinking Guide

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No resting on laurels for this ambitious Vietnamese-style restaurant created by the renowned Ubiquitous Chip group. Hanoi Bike Shop has been a food-fan’s favourite since it opened in 2012. The kitchen has literally beefed up the range of Vietnamese pho meal-in-a-bowl soups, and the depth and herbal resonance of the spicy beef and pork noodle variety beckons from the taste memory long after the last drop has been spooned up. Similarly with the deep flavour of the sauce for the crisp, sweetly blackened exterior of the juicy barbecued chicken. The charming attic space, with its eerily Hanoi-like feel, buzzes with the distinctive sounds of diners exclaiming over how the food looks and tastes. Fresh herbs from the group’s Ayrshire farm pack in the flavour, while the organic tofu prepared on a daily basis with its crumbly texture is astoundingly better than the standard offering. The menu is admirably limited and supplemented by daily specials to keep regulars happy. Offerings such as the Vietnamese-style Sunday brunch yum cha, with its dumplings, soups and congees, promise protracted pleasure, while the monthly four-noodle Tuesday evening treat is excellent value.

  • High point: Helpful, well-informed staff
  • Low point: Evening booking essential
  • Notable dish: Vietnamese barbecued chicken with morning glory
  • Private dining: 35 in upstairs area
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: eclectic rock,pop and reggae mix complied by owner
  • Live entertainment: Live entertainment mainly associated with vietnamese festivals such as New Year [Tet] and includes fireworks and dragon dancing
  • Capacity: 80[12]
  • Largest group: 30
  • Open since: 2012
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 4
  • House wine: £16.50 per bottle

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