The best restaurants in Glasgow to celebrate Chinese New Year with

It’s the Year of the Monkey this Chinese New Year - which runs until 22nd February - no need to celebrate at home when Glasgow has a wealth of wonderful Chinese restaurants to enjoy.

Published 9th Feb 2016
Updated 18 th Sep 2023

Emma Mykytyn (Glasgow Foodie) from Foodie Explorers picks out some of her favourite’s for a night (or two) of celebration.

Slap bang in the city centre is Lychee Oriental, headed by ex Great British Menu contestant, Chef Jimmy Lee, this award winning restaurant boasts both traditional Chinese and innovative seafood dishes.


Make a note of trying out their delicious cocktails as well as the food. An ideal place if you fancy a romantic night out (Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year sorted!)

The Amber Regent in West Regent Street, Glasgow has been serving Chinese meals since the 1980’s.


Sporting a wide ranging menu with fillet steak to crispy beef balls as well as an array of classic dishes, the Amber Regent is the kind of place the whole family will enjoy visiting.

Ka Ka Lok seems to have taken over the 'place to go' crown from Asia Style next door (Also good!). Located at Glasgow’s Charing Cross, this casual dinning venue is popular with the younger crowd, and good for a quick bite to eat as well.

Dragon I, across the road from the Theatre Royal, serves a mix of Eastern cuisines.


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The Chinese/Malay cooking style will keep both traditionalists and those who like a more modern style of cookery happy. Dishes here include crispy chicken with pineapple as well as jasmine duck. Their lime and lemongrass cheesecake is a delight!

With branches in Byres Road, City Centre and Merchant City; Bar Soba have a mix of Eastern style dishes with Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese on the menu, all served with a casual, street food vibe. Dumplings, gyoza as well as noodle bowls are the top draws here.


So get out there and celebrate Chinese New Year with some of these great restaurants, just remember to check that the restaurant is open as they too might be out partying!

• Emma Mykytyn writes for Foodie Explorers, a Glasgow based food and travel guide. You can follow her on Twitter (@glasgowfoodie), Instagram (glasgow_foodie) and Facebook

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Having travelled throughout Europe, Emma and Mark set up Food and Drink Glasgow to showcase the various places that they visited whilst out and about. Covering food, drink, accommodation and events, has led to the blog being a No1 foodie blog for Glasgow.
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