Five of Glasgow's Best Chinese Restaurants

Ahead of Chinese New Year, our guide to some of the best regional Chinese restaurants in Glasgow.

Feature by Peter Simpson | 08 Feb 2016
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Happy New Year! You may well be asking whether we've just done all this, but while the Gregorian calendar turned onto a new page on 1 January, Lunar or Chinese New Year comes slightly later. Chinese New Year 2016, the start to The Year of the Monkey, falls on 8 February this year  – to help celebrate the occasion, we've picked out a few of Glasgow's best Chinese restaurants, each presenting something different from across the country and surrounding region. For those of you in Edinburgh, wondering where you can get some delicious dumplings – here's our pick of five of our Edinburgh favourites.

Banana Leaf 

67 Cambridge St, Glasgow

Not to be confused with the identically-named but equally-revered Indian restaurant in the West End, Banana Leaf is a family joint which serves up a Chinese-Malay hybrid menu typically seen in diaspora communities in Singapore or Malaysia. Look up at the Chinese lanterns all over the place, then look down at huge bowls of soup, delicious curries and a whole load of regional specialties.

Tempo Tea Bar 

83 Queen St, Glasgow

Taiwanese bubble tea is a far cry from your standard cup of builders' – it's a multi-coloured flavour-packed taste extravaganza with all sorts going on inside. Tempo's bubble teas are fully customisable; choose from a host of flavours, tea bases, toppings and serving styles (hot, cold or iced & blended) and put together your own unique drink. 

Dumpling Monkey

121 Dumbarton Rd, Glasgow

Can you work out what prompts the rave reviews from this West End cafe? Go on, take a guess. Yes, the dumplings more than live up to the huge red writing on the wall outside, but once you've worked your way through those you'll find a host of other dishes and some delicious soups in a speedy and informal setting. 

Sichuan House

349 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow

This city centre restaurant brings Szechuan cuisine – perhaps best known for the mouth-numbing properties of its native peppercorns – to the fore, with an impressive range of fare on offer. From traditional hot pots of broth, meats and vegetables to fried frogs' legs via a series of inventive veggie options, there's plenty of opportunity to familiarise yourself with the region's dishes. 

Ka Ka Lok

175 St George's Rd, Glasgow

If you're the adventurous type, but suffer with friends who don't really follow your lead, Ka Ka Lok can help. The restaurant's 'British Chinese' menu offers up excellent takes on standard fare, while a more authentic and adventurous Chinese menu provides a host of dishes you won't see elsewhere in a hurry. Oh, and everything's delicious, so you can't really go wrong either way.