Hanoi Bike Shop is tucked in the cobbled Ruthven Lane near all your vintage type shop frippery (that I love, obviously) and fairy lights dangle along side tiny Vietnamese flags wafting in the breeze of pungent fish sauce. But it's a good waft. You gotta have the waft if you want the flavour.
Inside is very cute kitsch and low key. The colourful lanterns really sell it but the plastic stools won't be great for everyone. The staff are very friendly and helpful and clearly enjoy the food themselves.
Our veggie life has been halted a bit. I was keeping to it very strictly but it just not always been practical so we've just trying to keep meat to the minimum and build towards an easier veggie lifestyle instead of tying ourselves in knots over it. Anyway, we also ordered the Pho Nam - mushroom & vegetable broth, a serving of jasmine rice, and the seasonal mixed greens. Delicious! I now want to have all of my future birthdays, anniversaries, breakfasts, lunches and dinners there. Or move to Vietnam, I should just move to Vietnam I guess.
After dinner we went around the corner to Crollas Ice Cream Parlour. Winner of many accolades and such for being a fabulous Italian Gelateria, it also does damn fine cups of coffee and good looking sandwiches.
This is another place I've been really looking forward to trying out (love a payday date night!). The interior is very bright and colourful and clean. It's a bit of a mish-mash with an old style deli counter and the king of all espresso machines in juxtaposition with Banksy prints and candy coloured glass chandeliers.