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The top 7 Asian restaurants in Glasgow that everyone is raving about

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Published: July 11, 2018
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Chinese, Thai, Korean and Vietnamese, we take a look at some of the best places to try Asian food in and around Glasgow.

There’s no shortage of options to try something new, especially as the Asian dining scene has gone from strength the strength in recent years.


Picture: Jimmy Lee

Chef Jimmy Lee of Lychee Oriental said: "2018 has seen Glasgow’s Asian food scene burst into action.

"Korean food is on trend with the opening of Dai Pai last week with BiBimBap and Jays Grill bar earlier in the year. Ordering a traditional BiBimBap (mixed rice dish) is a must- try.

"Asian street food is also on trend with Sunshine Tea Lounge offering freshly made Chinese dumplings and duck offering fresh aromatic duck baos".

Lychee Oriental 

(59 Mitchell St G1 3LN)


Picture: Lychee Oriental Facebook

Ok, so it’s well known that Glaswegians love a Chinese and, alongside Indian food, it’s been one of the city’s favourite cuisines for generations and there are hundreds of take-aways and restaurants to reflect the fact.

One of the city's best is Lychee Oriental, headed up by chef Jimmy Lee who has become a well-known face thanks to his stints on TV, including being a regional finalist on BBC's Great British Menu.

Speaking about the new additions to the menu at the Merchant City favourite, Jimmy said: "Glasgow has always been adventurous with food and at Lychee Oriental our new additions such as chicken with cloud fungus and lap cheung have been very well received by foodies.

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"The city also has an insatiable desire for cocktails and our unique offerings 'Dragon Punch' and 'The Green Hornet' have proved popular in this current heatwave".

Julie's Kopitiam 

(1109 Pollokshaws Rd G41 3YG)

From the brains behind Julie’s Street Kitchen (the popular street food pop up) comes a Malaysian restaurant in Shawlands, which opened late last year.

Julie’s Kopitiam (the term for a traditional coffee shop in Southeast Asia) serves authentic street food dishes, light bites, and coffees

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(3 West Nile Street, G1 2PR)



Named after Korea’s ultimate comfort food, Bibimbap are serving up fresh, authentic and wholesome Korean classics in Glasgow’s city centre.

Dishes include a king prawn tempura as well as Dokbokki (fried rice cake in a spicy sauce) as well as a choice of Korean soups, stews, traditional noodle dishes, rice rolls, rice bowl and stir-fried options.


(441 Sauchiehall St G2 3LG)


Picture: Nanakusa Facebook

Nanakusa offers an extra detailed glance into authentic Japanese food with an endless list of potential sushi and eight different varieties of noodle soup available.

Its decor is minimalist and reminiscent of a Tokyo eating hotspot, giving the full Japanese experience with added home comforts. For those trying the cuisine for the first time, there’s more than enough choice to ease you in.

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The Dhabba

(44 Candleriggs, G1 1LE)


Picture: The Dhabba Facebook

The Dhabba offers a refreshing take on Indian cuisine.

Named after the diners which line the roads in India, Dhabba offers a regional twist on the traditional formula with a focus on north Indian cuisine.

Six different base sauces are used to create the Dum Pukht style dishes, carefully tailored to suit particular meat, seafood or vegetable dishes, meaning you’ll love the huge flavour that results from Dhabba’s unique cooking technique.

And if you enjoyed Dhabba then you should also definitely check out sister restaurant Dakhin, which offers south coast cuisine and uses completely gluten free ingredients.

Nippon Kitchen

(91 W George St G2 1PB)


Picture: Nippon Kitchen Facebook

All the food at Nippon Kitchen is made fresh to order, combining specialist Japanese ingredients and locally sourced produce, making it easy to see why it is a popular city centre hotspot.

The Japanese beers and and Japanese-style cocktails are a perfect accompaniment to the meal. As well as being delicious, the food is presented with style, from the sushi, to the ramen, to the tempura.

The kitchen also offers a private dining experience, ideal for parties or for smaller groups.

Hanoi Bike Shop

(8 Ruthven Lane G12 9BG)

Located just off Byres Road in Glasgow’s trendy West End, Hanoi Bike Shop is only one of a few Vietnamese restaurants in the city.

The eatery makes up for it’s small size with a large amount of character. Each dish is locally sourced and made from scratch to give Scots a taste of Asia at a reasonable price.

Keeping in tune with the communal nature of Vietnamese food, dishes are perfect for sharing meaning you can try even more of extensive menu.

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