Looking forward to a return visit
Fantastic, 5 stars
Everything about this restaurant was excellent. The food was different but superb. Could not recommend this restaurant highly enough. Spoke to the owner at length while in and he is clearly passionate about the restaurant and the food which is clear to see from our full experience.
Contemporary Asian fusion restaurant on Hope Street
To label Dragon-I a Chinese restaurant doesn’t really do it justice. Located on Hope Street, Dragon-I offers dishes influenced by Malaysian, Thai and Vietnamese cuisine, as well as the vast Chinese repertoire of cooking styles, and is best described as a contemporary Asian fusion restaurant. With a striking red and black colour scheme, its interior is as bold and memorable as the menu. Dragon-I is almost close enough to the Theatre Royal to hear the hush as the curtain goes up and the restaurant does a correspondingly brisk trade in pre and post theatre dinners.
Unique Asian cuisine
While offering a unique take on Asian food to Glasgow’s diners, Dragon-I’s dishes are not all hybrids of different culinary traditions. Sea bass steamed with fresh ginger, spring onion and soya sauce is a Chinese classic while the chilli seafood soup flavoured with lemongrass and shitake mushrooms will be familiar to fans of Thai food.
Other elements of Dragon-I’s menu are more boundary-blurring. A starter of crispy pancakes rolled with Stornoway black pudding and a Thai chilli sauce crosses several international frontiers while the Hong bun har, or tiger prawns gently simmered in a delicate champagne sauce and topped with fresh strawberries, belong in a classification all of their own.
Whether you stick to the more familiar Asian dishes or take a walk on Dragon-I’s wild side, there is nothing else like it in Glasgow.
Rail & bus links nearby
Situated at the top of Hope Street, Dragon-I is a short walk from Buchanan bus station and is not far from both Cowcaddens and Buchanan Street subway stations. With a host of shops on Sauchiehall Street and in Buchanan Galleries, as well as theatres and the cinema nearby, diners are not short of things to do before or after an unforgettable meal at Dragon-I.