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September 12, 2012
The Hanoi Bike Shop is getting into gear on Ruthven Lane

Stravaigin 2 on Ruthven Lane may have shut up shop but, according to the ever up to date Roy Beers, it is soon to be replaced by a Vietnamese restaurant called The Hanoi Bike Shop.

Writing in the Glasgow West End blog, Mr Beers reckons that two Aussie chefs will be heading up the kitchen when it opens.

At present, the restaurant’s Facebook site is giving very little away although their advertising bikes have been popping up all over the West End as a fun way to generate some pre-opening publicity.

If you like South East Asian food then you will flip for Vietnamese.

Not as tongue-numbingly spicy as Thai, it relies more on huge bundles of fresh herbs to punch up its flavours. The national dish of pho, or noodles in beef broth, is served there at breakfast and it knocks a full Scottish, English or Welsh breakfast into a paddy hat.

The original Stravaigin, itself no stranger to globe-trotting menus, remains in rude health. We liked the look of the Moroccan venison kofta with preserved lemon cous cous, cucumber sumac yoghurt and flatbread which is on their £13.95, 2 course 5pm menu.