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Looking out over the square, it seems set to be a people-watching sweet spot.
As well as some cool new cocktails, The Hawke will be serving an appealing, contemporary menu.
Scottish ingredients are prominent in dishes such as the whisky-cured Shetland salmon and the carpaccio of beef with Strathdon Blue, pickled chanterelles and smoked sea salt.
A number of the main courses take their cue from around the globe. We are intrigued by the confit duck leg with warm Asian ‘slaw.
We could also make some time for the salt and chilli squid with tempura veg and chilli oil.
Nearly new restaurant
Now, when it comes to hot new restaurants and bars in Glasgow, we aim to be ahead of the pack and tell you about new places before they have even opened.
It doesn’t always work.
For example, Satu Satu is a Malaysian Chinese restaurant and Asian dessert place on St George’s Road.
It opened last November so we are not exactly breaking the news about this one.
However, the food looks so inviting that we are deffo filing it under ‘New Glasgow Restaurants and Bars’.
I’m not going to pretend that I am any sort of expert on Malaysian food but I’m keen to try their minced pork and century egg congee.
And their Hainanese chicken rice made with poached chicken.
Or perhaps the roast pork belly with petai, also known as stink bean.
Satu Satu also claims to have the widest range of Asian desserts in Glasgow.
We’ll take their word for it and order the sweet soup with – takes a deep breath – dried beancurd, pearl barley, gingko nuts and a quail’s egg.
WEST heads East
In other news, according to a piece in The Herald, WEST Brewery have lodged a planning application to set up a bar, restaurant, theatre and microbrewery on Edinburgh’s Market Street.
If all goes to plan, the 20,000 square foot site will open as a pop-up this Festival before closing in September for a full refit and a launch in 2018.