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Panda Chinese Restaurant, located in Glasgow, UK offers delicious and authentic Chinese dishes at affordable rates. This restaurant is perfect for Muslim diners since the food served here is entirely Halal. Panda Chinese Restaurant offers a large variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, and is a must-visit when in the area. ...more

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Panda Chinese Restaurant, located in Glasgow, UK offers delicious and authentic Chinese dishes at affordable rates. This restaurant is perfect for Muslim diners since the food served here is entirely Halal. Panda Chinese Restaurant offers a large variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, and is a must-visit when in the area.

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Springfield Quay Paisley Rd Glasgow G5 8NP, United Kingdom

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http://pandacuisine.co.uk/

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0141 429 0988

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panda.cuisine@btconnect.com

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