My win and visit to Hanoi Bike Shop (West End, Glasgow) : Review

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8 Ruthven Lane
Glasgow G12 9BG

V: 8th July 2017      T: 0141 334 7165     W: www.hanoibikeshop.co.uk

Child Friendly: Yes      Accepts: Cash & Card


A while ago I saw here doing a competition on their Instagram account, I never win anything my luck isn’t that good but I thought lets try it and see what happens.

It was to win a £20 voucher.

I did what needed to be done to enter and thought nothing else, until I was closing up for work and I got a notification on my phone and woohoo I won. I was very shocked as I said I never win anything, most I’ve ever won was £1 on the lotto so this was very cool.

It took me till now to actually go and use it, but was it worth the win and wait? continue reading to find out.

The Food :

Today I was drinking a lot of water, and had a late lunch so I didn’t order too much.

Banh Phong Tom £1.80
Prawn crackers

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I am a fan of prawn crackers from any place, so this as a little snack while the main gets made is perfect.

The darker crackers are Thai crackers, these are amazing and packed with a nice slightly spicy flavour and have more of a crunch to them.

The dip that came with them was a nut dip, I couldn’t take this as I can’t take nuts but am sure it would be nice if you are a fan.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 4

Pho Hai San £10.75
Seafood Noodle Soup : King Prawns and squid in either chicken and lemongrass or vegetable broth

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This for me was a very random option, I would never order this normally but since I had a voucher I thought lets give it a shot.

When it arrived it looked nice, but it really smelled good…my only issue was chop stick! not Kris friendly or should I say Kris isn’t friendly with them….I really need to learn so I used the big spoon and tried my best.

To be honest apart from the struggle to eat it for me (but thats me), there wasn’t really a strong fish taste to this dish.

The broth part and noodles were very nice.

Overall this was good and very filling, would I get it again…maybe but only once I learn chop sticks.

Saigon 4.9% £3.95
Light amber beer

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I tried the other 2 beers last time so this was last to check out.

It was a very light beer, and an easy to drink beer.

Overall :

Finally I got round to using my voucher, and I tried a dish I normally wouldn’t have so it was a good evening.

I would like to thank Hanoi again for the win, it was very much appreciated and well used 🙂

Review Scores – 

  • Atmosphere : 4
  • Staff : 5
  • Menu : 4
  • Service : 5
  • The portion sizes & taste : 4
  • Value for money: Slightly N/A since used voucher
  • Overall : 4

Chaophraya Afternoon Tea (Glasgow) : Review

The Townhouse
Nelson Mandela Place
Glasgow G1 2LL

V: 19th August 2017      T: (0141) 332 0041    W: www.chaophraya.co.uk

Child Friendly: Yes (Very well behaved)      Accepts: Cash & Card


I have not been to Chaophraya (Glasgow) for a very long time, I think it was when it first opened and then once maybe twice for cocktails at its Palm Lounge bar.

If you have never visited here you are in for a treat, and I am talking about a visual treat to start with. From the outside it just looks like an OK building, but when you enter you are transported to a warm rich Thai interior.

 


When Chaophraya took over this building they spared no expense, the interior is amazing and everywhere you look its filled with amazing statues, paintings etc etc and this isn’t just for the entrance hall its the same on every floor.

I spotted that here was doing a Thai Afternoon Tea, and I do like my Afternoon Tea’s so I had to buy the Itison offer and see what it was like.

Afternoon Tea :

This was £19 for two and anything else you order like coffee, coke, food is an extra cost on the day.

Thai Afternoon Tea

 


What Was Served :

  • Aromatic duck served in a hirata bun with crunchy cucumber, spring onions and hoisin dressing
  • Chicken thigh hand-wrapped in pandan leaf
  • Vegetable spring roll with sweet chilli dipping sauce
  • Thai pancakes with pandan leaf custard
  • Deep fried banana with toasted sesame seeds
  • Sultana scone with jam, butter and cream

On arrival this was very nicely presented, and it looked very nice and tasty.

Munch munch munch and done.

Everything that was served was very full in flavour, and very very moreish!!! I still felt a little hungry after it but that’s just me, but I enjoyed this so much I looked for the offer again but it was finished….but keep watching as I heard its very popular and it will be on offer again.

My favourite from the selection was the duck in the hirata bun, I wish there had been more of this as it was so good.

Portion Size : 5
Value for Money :  N/A
Flavour : 4
Presentation : 5

Overall :

Overall my return visit was very good, I was very relaxed and enjoyed the Afternoon Tea.

If I was to be fussy I could say there could have been more scones (these we, also I heard a few people ask for more jam and cream also offer plain scone as some people don’t like fruit scones………..and maybe more cakes but that’s just being too fussy and greedy.

I enjoyed this and will be keeping watch for the offer again.

Review Scores – 

  • Atmosphere : 4
  • Staff : 5
  • Menu : n/a
  • Service : 5
  • The portion sizes & taste : 4
  • Value for money: N/A as voucher
  • Overall : 4.5

Thaikuhn (Glasgow, Silverburn) : Review

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Silverburn Shopping Centre
Silverburn
Glasgow G53 6AF

V: 27th May 2017      T: 01416 480 090     W: www.thaikhun.co.uk

Child Friendly: Yes      Accepts: Cash & Card


I have not been to Silverburn in a good few years, and at that point there wasn’t a lot of choice when it came to food options.

Today one stood out from the rest and its was Thaikun.

I had never heard of here before so I was looking forward to giving it a shot, as I do like my Thai food.

 

The Food :

Pangag Curry (Chicken) £10.50 with Coconut Rice £1 (extra upgrade)
A creamy red curry sauce with palm sugar and basil

I just took a chance with this as I had never heard of it before, and hoped it wasn’t going to be too spicy for me.

On arrival it was presented nicely, I liked the bowl the curry came in.

This was so good!!! it wasn’t too spicy, the curry was nice and a little sweet and combined with the Coconut Rice a nice sweet curry.

I would have this again!!!! my only issue was the portion size maybe a little too small for me but hey that leaves room for dessert.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5
Value for money : 4

 

Mango Sticky Rice £5.25
A Thai classic

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I didn’t really know what to have for dessert as there were 3 options I could have selected.

I opted for this since it said it was a Thai classic and hoped it would be nice.

I was a little disappointed with this, don’t get me wrong it was nice but not much flavour for me. I got bored with the taste half way through and left it.

You might like this so do try it, but for me a little bland on the flavour.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 3
Presentation : 5
Value for money : 3.5

Overall :

Overall it was a mixed visit, I loved my main course but the dessert didn’t do it for me.

Next visit I will try some other dishes, and another dessert.

Both staff and service was good tonight, and I learned that this is the sister company of Chaophraya which is another one of my favs for Thai.

Review Scores – 

  • Atmosphere : 5
  • Staff : 5
  • Menu : 4
  • Service : 5
  • The portion sizes & taste : 4
  • Value for money: 4
  • Overall : 4