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September 9, 2019

We're going to start with some good news. Say hello to Hanami and Pellegrini Restaurant, both on Argyle Street.

The former is a new Japanese restaurant at 1185 Argyle Street and if you like sushi then you will love Hanami.

From snow crab nigiri to black dragon rolls, they offer a wide range of sushi as well as sashimi such as tuna, surf clams, octopus and, of course, salmon.

Other options include roasted Peking duck, miso cod and kung pao chicken.

There are also substantial noodle dishes, bento boxes and donburi options like the grilled eel rice bowl.

Featuring alluringly moody lighting, it looks very inviting. In fact, we may even go all soppy and say it looks rather romantic. Pics are from Hanami's Facebook.

Sashimi plays a starring role at Hanami.

Sashimi plays a starring role at Hanami.

Pellegrini in Finnieston

Sticking with Argyle Street, number 1075 to be exact, Pellegrini Restaurant has started to welcome customers.

It is part of The Italian Club, a small, family-run, mini-chain of restaurants which includes a sandwich shop and café in Edinburgh plus a bakery and two restaurants in Liverpool.

The Crolla family originated in Picinisco, in the Apennines, before work led them to several restaurants and fish and chip shops in Glasgow, Helensburgh and then on to Liverpool.

As well as focaccia, bruschetta and charcuterie starters, the antipasti options include Baltimore crab cakes, courgette fritters and creamy Puglian burrata.

As autumn settles in, we like the sound of the borlotti and cannellini bean stew. It is infused with sage and rosemary and then topped with a fennel and chilli Italian sausage plus a grilled polenta crust.

The risotto and pasta choices are supplemented by steak, lamb and chicken dishes; a selection of mussels and options like the monkfish wrapped in Parma ham.

The kitchen team at Pellegrini have a CV that takes in a Michelin star and a stint working for the Ferrari team in Shanghai.

And the closures 

Here at the 5pm Food blog, we always like to see new places open. However, the restaurant trade is a tough old business.

Most recently, Glasgow's restaurant scene has said goodbye to Martha's on St Vincent Street and Benihana on West Nile Street.

The latter had only been open a few months.

We're back tomorrow with more new Glasgow openings.