What are your thoughts on the restaurant culture in Glasgow? All burgers wars and chip shops? Perhaps you believe there is a real lack of culinary depth in the city, well unless you’re wanting fast food or a takeaway?

GlasgowLiving begs to differ. We think the city is a melting pot of cultures, all providing a separate and equally diverse distinctive flavour to Glasgow’s bustling cuisine scene.

Why not try something new tonight?

8. Boteco, Brazilian, Trongate

Believe it or not there is far more to Trongate’s Boteco, than Salsa lessons and the odd bottle of Sol. As well as providing standard menu options i.e Burgers, chips, fish, or soup of the day. Boteco specialises in Brazilian cuisine, offering Brazil’s most popular dish, the Feijoada. A stew which includes black beans, pork ribs, smokey bacon amongst other delicious ingredients. The File De Franco is another popular traditional dish, cornfed chicken on a bed of sweetcorn cream and rice. Boteco’s menu is considerably extensive and well worth a look. And if you fancy, why not burn off the calories with a little salsa dancing.

7. Hanoi Bike Shop, Vietnamese, Ruthven Lane

A spice lovers delight, Hanoi Bike Shop brings the greatest cuisine from Vietnam. You don’t have to worship at the altar of the chilli Gods to enjoy Hanoi Bike Shop but be warned some of the menu is on the spicy side. The original Vietnamese restaurant in Glasgow, Hanoi brought something new to the city, with the menu consisting of options such as Cari Spiced Pheasant Curry, Chargrilled Turmeric Chicken or even any of their Tofu (Tofu created fresh in restaurant.) There are non spicy options available for the less spice dedicated. A refreshing addition to Glasgow’s cuisine scene.

6. Chaophraya, Thai, Nelson Mandela Place

Europe’s largest Thai restaurant, Chaophraya, in Nelson Mandela Place is a Thai palace of grandeur inside the former Royal Society of Music Drama and Acting. Four floors, plus additional rooms for private dining. Eating a meal in Chaophraya is akin to dining in a palace. Promising traditional meals such as Pork Belly with Thai Basil or steamed dumplings, duck curry is also an extremely popular choice. With Palm Sugar cocktail bar also on the premises and a selection of deals on offer to suit any pocket. Chaophraya is a worthwhile choice if your dining out in Glasgow.

5. Bibi’s Cantina, Mexican, Dumbarton Road

Unique to the city, Bibi’s brought a certain Mexican style to the West End of Glasgow. Based in Dumbarton Road Bibi’s is an independent Mexican restaurant, promising only the freshest and tastiest ingredients in their meals. Bibi’s has come a long way since opening in 2007, now a firm fixture in the heart of the city, Bibi’s hasn’t forgotten its roots. With lunchtime takeaways as popular as sitting in for a meal, Bibi’s caters for everyone. Meatballs, Mexican style fajitas, or Nacho’s appear on the lunch menu whereas the Main meals range from Ox to tequila marinated fish.

4. La Bonne Auberge, French

La Bonne Auberge first opened its doors in 1975, specialising as a pre theatre restaurant. (Minutes away from Kings Theatre, Pavilion, Royal Concert Hall and directly across the road from world’s tallest cinema.) With cuisine inspired by the Mediterranean and France, the menu ranges from French Onion Soup, North Atlantic salmon which is cured by Grey Goose Lemon Vodka and Mediterranean vegetable ragout is also available.

3. Malaga Tapas, Spanish St Andrew Road

One of Glasgow’s best Tapas bars, Malaga Tapas promises you an authentic taste of Spain, without the hassle of requiring a return flight. TripAdvisor reviews are pretty positive about Malaga Tapas, complimenting both the atmosphere and the quality of food. The Spanish chef has created a menu full of traditional Spanish food, such as marinated Anchovies coated in olive oil and vinegar. Chicken paella is also popular.

2. Wudon, Japanese, Great Western Road

Wudon could fall under several of the international cuisine categories but for this list we’ll call it a Japanese restaurant. Wudon Noodle and Sushi Bar, offers an entire section of the menu to sushi, rice plates and salmon. Big Broth Noodle Bowls are particularly popular, and there are several spice options available for those inclined.

1. Opium, Chinese, Hope Street

Or oriental fusion to be precise. Opium on Hope Street will certainly leave you feeling a lot better than the drug that Sherlock Holmes was incredibly fond of. Less addiction worries as well. Opium’s menu is sufficiently varied to entice even the most picky of palettes. Crab meat and chive dumpling, chilli salt and pepper squid, matay satay chicken or duck and pancakes are just some of the variety on offer in the Opium menu.

So there you have it Glasgow, a little bit of cuisine diversity, if you fancy going somewhere a little different why not try one of these fantastic restaurants.

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