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June 6, 2019

We'll kick off with a quick introduction to Mikaku, a new Japanese restaurant on Glasgow's Queen Street.

You may recall that last week we blogged about Ramen Dayo abruptly shutting shop. The city centre premises are now occupied by Mikaku, a Glasgow take on Japan's izakaya or late night, laidback hangouts.

They still sell steaming bowls of ramen but the menu has expanded to include lots of other Japanese delicacies.

If you are in the market for a wakame seafood salad, kushi-yaki beef or tebasaki chicken wings then you know where to go.

Tebasaki chicken wings from Mikaku.

Tebasaki chicken wings from Mikaku. Pic: Facebook

Machair Bar

If we travel back in time a couple of months, we would have witnessed Crossing The Rubicon on Great Western Road becoming Machair Bar.

As well as an ever changing roster of interesting beers, they serve food from Lost Bothy, a kitchen that specialises in Scottish street food.

Haggis bon bons, venison cheese burgers and smoked haddock kedgeree are all on the menu.

Back in the city centre, we are delighted to report that Pie Pie, a Greek pie shop has opened on the Broomielaw.

'100% Greek grandmas recipe, 100% pure Scottish products' is the motto at Pie Pie. It appears that there is big love for their chicken pie and their zagori pie which is made with a winning combination of eggs, olive oil and feta cheese.

Glasgow Cocktail Weekend

Looking ahead to September, Glasgow Cocktail Weekend will return over the weekend of Thursday, 26th to Sunday 29th September.

Festival ticket holders will be able to access special GCW menus across the city in over 30 bars for over 100 unlimited discounted £5 cocktails.

Official venues include the exotic basement oasis of Tiki on Bath St; dive bar The Dam in Merchant City; the sophisticated surroundings of So.LA and Finnieston favourite Rioja.

More info to follow in the lead-up to the event. 

Buy tickets here.