First look: Popular Glasgow restaurant gets contemporary makeover

Award winning Cantonese restaurant Lychee Oriental in Glasgow has revealed its new look following a refurbishment project.

Published 8th May 2019
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

Featuring interiors inspired by the restaurants and 'coffee houses' of Chongqing in southwestern China, the new-look restaurant brings the oriental glamour and decadence of China's 'Hot Pot' region to Mitchell Street in Glasgow.

The restaurant is located in Glasgow's shopping district, close to Buchanan Street and features a dining room with monochrome, taupe and cream furnishings, low ceilings, plush dining chairs and modern lighting fixtures.

Before the makeover, the restaurant had a lighter look with bright green accents and wooden feature walls. The darker colour scheme, statement lighting and eye-catching artwork have been carefully chosen to compliment parts of the former look to give a contemporary feel to the space.

Glasgow restaurant makeover

Picture: the bar area, Lychee Oriental

Jimmy Lee, Head Chef at Lychee Oriental, said: “We didn’t want to radically change the fabric of the restaurant or the spirit of Lychee's dining experience.

"Instead, we wanted to enhance the lively atmosphere and energy that our space has become known for. Lychee Oriental has an amazing support network around us and we hope that all of our guests, both regulars and first-timers love our transformation.”

Blending traditional and contemporary Chinese culture, the 70-cover restaurant has also introduced some new dishes to a menu that combines traditional flavours with modern cooking techniques.

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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