Hanoi Bike Shop
I’d had the Hanoi Bike Shop in my sights for many a year but it had eluded me despite holding reservations on a couple of previous occasions. At the end of a hectic week, I finally grasped the opportunity for a visit.
I was joined by regular guest quester Julie and first timer Charlotte.
Julie has been staying in this neighbourhood while her husband Scott undergoes treatment at a nearby health centre so was well acquainted with the menu. She took the lead in ordering.
It’s a sharing dish, street food style of place with a range of Vietnamese staples populating their menu which is augmented by daily changing specials.
We settled upon six dishes: rice paper rolls, chilli and cauliflower fritters, daikon and soya bean cakes, sesame soy tofu hotpot, lemongrass tofu and sesame squid from the specials list.
Dishes arrived as they were ready, tapas style. We nibbled on prawn cracker and supped on drinks from their varied list as the procession of treats arrived.
Highlights were the lemongrass tofu, which is freshly made on site, the bean cakes which were a new one on me and were a real delight, and the squid.
The fritters were pretty good too. The hotpot didn’t quite work as well and the rice rolls were decent without packing as much punch as the other dishes.
So overall, I was glad to finally visit the Hanoi Bike Shop. It served us dishes of verve and charm that met our needs extremely well. I feel we merely scratched the surface on this visit so I’d be keen to visit again and would recommend you do likewise.
Blythe scores the Hanoi Bike Shop
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 15/20
Today’s questers were: Charlotte, Julie, Blythe
We ate: lemongrass tofu, daikon, tofu aubergine broth, sesame squid, cauliflower fritters
We drank: orange and cardamom iced tea, white wine, lager
We wore: yellow pinafores
Total bill: £58.35
Address: Ruthven Lane, West End, Glasgow G12 9BG