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December 20, 2019

Possibly opening before 2020 arrives is Maki and Ramen, a growing group of restaurants which do exactly as their name suggests.

Glasgow is not short of decent noodle and sushi joints but there is always room for more.

Currently taking shape on Bath Street, Maki and Ramen (main pic is from their Facebook) is the first Glasgow restaurant for a company which has been very successful in the capital.

Over the last four years, the company has expanded from one to five restaurants in Edinburgh and the new unit, set in the former Rumours Kopitiam premises at 21 Bath Street, marks its Glasgow debut.

While cut from the same cloth, the Edinburgh branches are all slightly different. You could nip into any of them and have a quick, informal bowl of ramen or a dragon roll.

Alternatively, at the Fountainbridge branch, you might choose to book in for a special occasion and have the chef serve you omakase style at the counter with the chef deciding the menu and creating each dish in front of you.

It will be interesting to see how the Glasgow outlet fits in.

Your blogger can strongly recommend the noodles in tonkatsu broth. Made from pork bones which are boiled until they dissolve into a rich, milky broth, this is a dish which provides mouthful after mouthful of umami.

New sky bar

Another future development to look forward to is the new sky bar at Princes Square.

Planners have green lit a rooftop dining and lounge area by The Restaurant Bar and Grill.

Assuming that it all goes ahead, the new project aims to become an 'unrivalled destination skybar'.

FreshMex in Glasgow?

We also note that Glasgow may soon see the arrival of a new Mexican restaurant.

FreshMex serves Mexican street food from two locations in Aberdeen and, according to, they are coming to Glasgow.

They have a good track record. In 2018, it was revealed that their burrito was officially Deliveroo’s most popular dish in Scotland.

Saddle up with The Duke

Looking a little further afield, Buzzworks Holdings aims to open The Duke as an all-day cafe bar in Kilmarnock in January.

The company's thirteenth venue, The Duke is taking shape in the former Luck 7 premises on John Finnie Street. It will serve breakfast, brunch and dinner as well as offering hand-roasted artisan coffee, a takeaway and late-night bar service. 

Its name is inspired by the railway line that used Scotland’s first ever steam locomotive which was acquired by the Duke of Portland to transport coal from Kilmarnock to Troon Harbour.