Sometimes as a blogger I find it hard to write….I struggle to find the motivation to sit and actually process a dining experience.
Ask any blogger it happens to all of us.
It’s not because I haven’t enjoyed the meal, it’s just my blogging juju is low and believe me these things can’t be forced.
It usually happens every 4-6 months, but then something changes to pull me out of my funk – I have a meal that I just LURVE and I want to tell everyone about how great it was.
This happened to me this week (Thank God!!) and literally over-night I am pumped about blogging again.
So where was this juju changing meal I hear you ask???
After having seen Head Chef Jimmy Lee all over my TV recently I really want to go try some of his tempting food, and thanks to a spur-of-the-moment decision I finally got the chance.
Located on Mitchell Lane, Lychee Oriental is gorgeous. The vibe is cool-contemporary with a underlaying current of discrete sexy glamour. The decor is 100% up my street – it’s all funky statement lights, lovely big comfortable booths and a soothing colour palette. It’s a great environment to enjoy a meal.
Here is something you need to know about me – I am a big FanGirl! Do I fangirl over Theo James and Ewan McGregor? Yeah obvs! 🙂 but I also mega fangirl over lots of the amazing chefs in Glasgow. Who doesn’t love and adore the people who feed them great food??
Well much to my FanGirling delight it was Jimmy himself who took our order – he is SUCH a nice guy you just can’t help but like him. The waiting staff were great too – they brought me food and booze quickly…what more could I need?
The menu is small and compact which I like – there are a few traditional British favs to pick from like chicken sweet and sour or kung po prawns but the rest of the menu consists of wonderfully tempting speciality dishes.
To start we decided to get some dishes to share – Dim Sum, Duck Spring Rolls and Mushrooms with a Garlic White Wine sauce
Everything was absolutely delicious – the spring rolls were packed fully of tender moist duck and the dim sum was gorgeously sticky and flavourful, I am assured by MrGeek that the mushrooms were also excellent (bleurgh! ‘rooms are a food nemesis)
For our mains we picked 3 to share between 4 of us – Honey Chilli Chicken, Chicken with Green Pepper Black Bean sauce and Monkfish Hotpot with spicy XO sauce, along with sides of fried rice and pancetta and a salt’n’chilli chips.
The Honey Chilli Chicken was amazing – nicely sized strips of chicken, lightly battered and served in the most gloriously sticky, sweet and slightly hot sauce. I am going to go out on a personal limb and say that it is the nicest thing I have ever eaten in a chinese restaurant. I would struggle now when we go back not to just keep ordering this dish over and over.
I only had 2 very small bits of the other two dishes because I was so into the honey chicken, both were beautiful tho and I would have happily eaten a lot more but I wasn’t prepared to give my belly space up when it could be stuffed with Honey Chilli Chicken.
The sides were excellent – the salt’n’chilli chips were fries which worked really well but boy were they hot,hot,HOT!
After our main the waitress brought us dessert menus. I had it narrowed down to a couple of choices and when I asked Jimmy which I should order he told us that the kitchen was closed – well it was about 10.30pm at this point. We took this as a sign that we shouldn’t have ordered dessert but Jimmy went off to the kitchen promising to bring us back some easy to serve cheesecake.
Next thing we know all the dessert dishes we had spoken about appeared at our table – how amazingly nice is that?
I got to try the Warm Belgian Waffle served with lashings of Maple Syrup and Ice Cream, this is a major comfort food for me and it didn’t disappoint one little bit – it was perfectly sweet and doughy which left me feeling all warm inside.
I also got to try some of the absolutely lush Banana Fritter and Ice Cream. The fritters were coated in a mega crispy light batter and the banana was soft and gooey…..mmmmm I want another one just thinking about it.
To top it off Jimmy comp’ed us the dessert which was very kind of him since he went to all the trouble of making us desserts when he really didn’t need to at all.
Now I know what you are thinking…of course he made you dessert – he knew who you were!
Here is the thing tho – I don’t think that’s actually true…did he know who I was? Yeah! One of our mutual fiends was in the restaurant when I came in, but I honestly truly believe that he is such a sweet guy he would have done this regardless of who was sitting at the table.
Our bill for 4 came to £107.80 which is great value for money given that I had 3 cocktails.
I had a brilliant night at Lychee Oriental drinking AH-MAZING lychee daiquiri and eating what I am going to claim is the best chinese food I have ever had. I love literally everything about this restaurant.
Thanks Jimmy and the crew at Lychee Oriental for helping me find my blogging juju again!