“ CHINESE. Renfield Street, Glasgow, G2 5AL. Tel: +44 (0)141 221 2719. „
I absolutely love this place The China sea is a great wee chinese restaurant in the centre of Glasgow, I dont really think its that well known but its a real gem you go up a flight of stairs off St vincent street and your greeted with very friendly staff and a cosy dim lit restaurant, its not that big rather small but there is another bit through that I think can hold more people. The menu is great never too expensive a lunch time 2 course is about £5 I have tried mostly everything on the menu and its all lovely I love the friend rice best I have ever tasted and chicken curry is so nice I highly reommend both. Its not on the menu but if its not too busy ask for the cream of chicken soup they will make it to order and its amazing so nice I ask for it everytime I go they have never said they cant make it, the protions are a great size really filling and great for the price. They also do takeaways just go up and order they will have it ready in no time at all. If you havent tried this place I highly recommend you do you wont be disapointed and will leave with a full tum and a smile on your face.
China Sea is a hidden gem of a place just along from Central Station. You go up a funny staircase, very step is a different width, but once you are up there you find yourself in a very cosy and homely restaurant.
As in most chinese eateries, the service is very quick and they don't let you linger after your meal usually due to the fact that there are a plethora of other people waiting for your table. They work so fast that i once saw them whip a tablecloth of without picking anything of the table!
The food is great with a huge choice, I haven't had the same thing twice and I can honestly say that I haven't found anything I don't like yet. I would advise some Tsing Dao or tiger beer to accompany your meal and then round it of with a pot of real chinese tea.
China Sea is a fantastic Chinese restaurant located on Glasgow’s Union Street/Renfield Street near to Central Station. It is well hidden and few people know about this gem of a place. You have to go up a flight of stairs to reach it as it is situated in a building shared with other businesses (such as a dentist - how handy!!) On the front of the building there is a menu and price list so that you know exactly what sort of food they do (Chinese - obviously but also some other dishes) and exactly how much it will cost you before stepping inside. The prices are very reasonable for a City Centre restaurant and they have a lunchtime special from 12 - 2pm (2 courses for £4.90) and a Pre-theatre menu 5pm - 7:30pm (3 Courses for £8.10). Unlike a lot of places who have these special deals, the menu isn’t very limiting. In fact, for the pre-theatre deal you have a choice of 4 or 5 starters, 20 main meals and 3 desserts which I think is pretty good going. And you don’t get small portions either!! The restaurant itself consists of two separate eating areas although they only open the 2nd one on a Saturday night when it is very busy - expect to wait at least 10-15 mins for a table on a Saturday unless you get there quite early. The rest of the time you usually can be seated immediately. The lighting is soft and decor is simple but nice with a fantastic model of a Chinese Dragon emerging from the ceiling. It isn’t obvious or hideous and in fact I didn’t actually notice it until my 2nd visit. There are tables set out for four but if you are in a large group, they are only too willing to move tables together to accommodate you. There are also little booths situated around the edges of the room, each with its own tiny lamp to provide ambient lighting and these sit either 2 or 4 people. Perfect for a romantic meal. The food itself is really good and I would definitely
recommend the Chicken Chow Mein as it is out of this world. It isn’t overloaded with sickly sauce and they use chicken breast to make it which, in my opinion, always tastes better. The Chicken Curry is also worth a try. Out of the range of soups that they have for starters, I find the chicken noodle soup the best but I have to say that it isn’t to everyone’s taste as it contains spring onions (sounds horrible but is in fact very nice and again has a lot of chicken in it!) One thing that they do fall down on is the dessert menu (especially on the pre-theatre menu) as the desserts aren’t particularly interesting - ice cream, fruit cocktail, etc but I find, after eating the generous main meal portions, a bowl of ice cream is all that I have room left for. But again some people might want more than that. I find that the service is very fast too as there are times that I have just put down my fork and they are whisking my plate away. However, what I do notice is that, after you have finished your dessert and they have brought some after dinner mints over, the waiters do not bother you again or usher you to go. They let you sit and chat for as long as you want and you get to ask for the bill and leave in your own good time. This makes a change as in some places they want you out of there as quickly as possible!! So, overall, I have to say that this is one of my favourite eating places in Glasgow. The food is great, the waiters are friendly and the service is unbelievable quick. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves Chinese food and happens to be in Glasgow City Centre...