Glasgow newest Chinese restaurant Zhima is open for business

Zhima, the latest concept from Hunky Dory Group, opens at the former site of Prezzo on Glasgow’s St Vincent Place today (Friday, April 19).

The interior is reportedly ‘unrecognisable’ following a near £1 million transformation into a ‘contemporary and elegant’ restaurant, from a design team led by Dominic Paul of Glasgow-based ibdp Interiors.

Zhima – which translates to ‘sesame’ in Mandarin – promises to deliver ‘taste on every level’, with Cantonese, Hunan, and Sichuan influences underpinning the cooking style.

Highlights of the new menu include Dynamite Shrimp, Almond Butter Garlic Prawns, Xi An Cumin Lamb Chops and Drunken Monkfish.

Head chef Saurav Bhatnagar said: “I’m very excited to bring the Zhima experience to Glasgow. A huge amount of work has gone into crafting a menu that not only showcases the very best of Chinese cuisine, but also creates an elegant and adventurous dining experience.

Head chef Saurav Bhatnagar

“Chinese cuisine is such a huge part of Glasgow, and there is absolutely an appetite for more. At its core, it’s elevated Chinese dining.”

The new restaurant will be the ninth opening for Hunky Dory Group, owners of popular city centre spots Chaakoo Bombay Cafe, Panang, and Topolabamba – and is notably its first non-small plates venue, although smaller dishes will be available at the venue’s cocktail bar.

There will be business lunch, pre-theatre, and evening menus, with private dining also available for up to 12 guests.

General manager Jack Reid said: “Zhima is extremely contemporary, but very private – it was important to us that this was an intimate dining experience, where conversation can revolve around food as a focal point.

“We’ve carefully designed an environment that’s an ideal setting for intimate dinners, while also working for occasion dining and celebrations.”