The West End of Glasgow has become famous for being – to put it nicely – a bit posh. Unsurprisingly this reputation originates from Glasgow University which is situated in this area. Due to the large population of students this area of Glasgow, in particular Byres Road, has developed an edgy and bohemian vibe.
Don’t get me wrong, the West End is a great place, a place that is soon to be my home so I’m not knocking its reputation. The best thing about this area of Glasgow is undoubtedly its restaurants and cafes. The West End, in my opinion, is unbeatably the best place to eat in Glasgow. One reason for this is the fantastic Hanoi Bike Shop.
Situated at 8 Ruthven Lane, Hanoi Bike Shop is hidden down an unsuspecting site street off Byres Road and boasts some of the best Vietnamese food you will ever taste. Many of their delicious dishes are served as small plates meaning the diner has the opportunity to sample a wide variety of the tastes they have on offer. With a selection of meats, fish, vegetables, and their fantastic home-made tofu the food is designed to cater to all types of eater. Most small plates arrive on a bed of fresh salad, but not your run-of-the-mill lettuce, tomato and cucumber mix, all salads are freshly prepared with herbs and spices, all are different for each plate, and all complement the plate with perfect precision.