Best restaurants in Jiangsu

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Nanjing

    Element Fresh

    Ever-trendy Element Fresh gives the iffy Nánjīng cafe culture a good kick in the pants. The setting is smooth, the ambient tunes funky, the lines clean, the wholesome menu a delight and candles come on at night. Balk you may at paying ¥69 for homemade hummus, but it comes loaded with tons of pitta, tomatoes, carrots, cucumber, celery plus green and black olives.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Suzhou

    Toro Loco

    Upmarket Spanish restaurant and cocktail bar on the 37th floor of the W Hotel. As well as excellent food, drinks and service, this place also has a terrace bar on the 38th floor that has amazing views over Jinji Lake. The hotel is a 400m walk south of the station.

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    Dàpái Dàng

    This hectic, fun and vast place, decorated like a Qing dynasty eatery, with waiters scurrying around in period garb and lanterns hanging overhead, is deservedly packed out. There's a handy photo menu for ordering fried dumplings with pork, leek and mushroom (¥12 for three), sliced fish soup with preserved vegetables (¥48), Nánjīng fried noodles (¥16) and oodles of other tasty local dishes.

  • Restaurants in Suzhou

    Xībù Mǎnfú Lóu

    Charming joint serving tasty western China style food, including roast lamb, kebabs, hotpot, and the standout Lánzhōu-style noodles (兰州牛肉面, ¥32). Located in the Xietang Old Street, where pretty canalside streets are lined with old-style buildings that house many other restaurants, shops and bars. A bit off the beaten track but a nice area to wander around if you find yourself in this part of the city.

  • Restaurants in Suzhou

    Yǎba Shēngjiān

    With great clouds of steam rising from the kitchen, this local icon has been flogging noodles since 1943, but its handmade shēngjiān bāo (生煎包, pan-fried dumplings), stuffed with juicy pork, are outstanding and flavour-packed. During lunch hours expect to queue for 30 minutes just to order! Protocol: place your order, line up at the windows to pick up your food (soup left, dumplings right), snag a table and enjoy.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Suzhou

    Tóng Dé Xīng

    This institution has been serving up classic Suzhou-style soup noodles for 200 years. The delicious broth, which is made fresh each night from herbs, spices and a variety of animal bones, is the key component – come early, as once the broth runs out the restaurant stops serving. Do as locals do and slurp it out of the side of the bowl.

  • Restaurants in Suzhou

    Wúmén Rénjiā

    Close to the Lion Grove Garden, this restaurant attracts a mix of locals and visitors for its subtly flavoured Suzhou cooking. The menu takes inspiration from what Qing-dynasty emperor Qianlong allegedly ate during his famous visit to Suzhou in 1751.

  • Restaurants in Nanjing

    Měitiānsīyú Chóngqìng Xiǎomiàn

    This noodle joint serves vast, steaming bowls of rice noodles with copious amounts of chicken, beef, pork or fish thrown in. The fish noodles (水煮鱼片米线, shuǐzhǔ yúpiàn mǐxiàn) in particular is superb (watch out for bones). There's a picture menu on the wall.

  • Restaurants in Nanjing

    Běijīng Kǎoyādiàn

    This place is reasonably elegant and certainly no dive, yet you can order up half a Peking duck (半只烤鸭; bànzhī kǎoyā) here for a paltry ¥39, including scallions, cucumbers and pancakes. That's a meal for one sorted. With a large chilled beer thrown in for another ¥8, it's a steal and only slightly more than what you'd pay for fast food.

  • Restaurants in Nanjing

    Aladdin

    This boisterous, two-level Xinjiang restaurant has a sizeable lamb-packed menu that runs that gamut from kebabs (¥5 each) and fried-bread-and-lamb (¥48) to roasted lamb shank (¥189) or whole lamb (¥1680). Other tasty dishes include náng -oven chicken wings (¥78), spicy dumpling soup (¥28) and fresh yoghurt (¥10). Don't miss the Sinkiang black beer (¥15).

  • Restaurants in Nanjing

    Taj Mahal

    The stab at a classy ambience doesn't quite succeed at Taj Mahal, but the menu's a winner. The spiciness of the mutton vindaloo may be slightly moderated to suit lightweight local palates, but it's still delicious. Samosas, onion bhaji, seekh kebah, chicken tikka, naan and a host of other choices are on offer.

  • Restaurants in Suzhou

    Pinvon

    Often busy, this seriously cute little teahouse is perched beside one of Suzhou’s most popular canalside streets, serving up excellent dumplings and delicate little morsels on small plates. The tearooms upstairs are more atmospheric. There are all sorts of bites, from spare-rib soup (¥28) to crab dàtāngbāo (大汤包, large soup dumpling; ¥25).

  • Restaurants in Suzhou

    Yáng Yáng Restaurant

    Reasonably priced, upmarket restaurant offering a comprehensive array of local and classic Chinese dishes. The dumplings here are especially good, although everything on the menu is worth a try.

  • Restaurants in Suzhou

    Gūsū Cài Guǎn

    This small restaurant has a lovely setting overlooking the canal that runs alongside Pingjiang Lu, right next to a picturesque stone bridge and a traditional teahouse. The restaurant serves up traditional Suzhounese dishes designed for sharing, including sweet and sour squirrelfish (松鼠鱖魚, sōngshǔ guìyú) and fish caught in nearby Tai Lake.

  • Restaurants in Nanjing

    Wagas

    Wagas is everyone's darling. The setting is all industrial chic: concrete floor, patchy and distressed white painted grey brick, staff in snappy but casual black outfits and a relaxed, casual crowd. The menu is sandwiches, wraps, pasta, modern Asian dishes, brekkies and brunches. Good deals and offers abound, chalked up on the wall: express sandwiches are 50% off before 11am Monday to Friday.

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    Yáng Yáng Dumpling Restaurant

    Downtown branch of this popular restaurant that specialises in dumplings but also offers a variety of tasty, locally inspired and classic Chinese dishes. The set menus offer great value for money. This branch is housed in an old-style whitewashed building, while the Lǐgōngdī branch, at Sūzhōu Industrial Park, offers picturesque lakeside dining.

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    Lǐshì Guōtiē Guǎn

    This restaurant is popular for its juicy and totally delicious beef 'potsticker' dumplings (牛肉锅贴, niúròu guōtiē). These golden, crispy wonders are easy on the wallet (¥10 for five) if not the waistline. Order and pay inside and collect the dumplings from the front.

  • Restaurants in Suzhou

    Yī Rán Táng

    Come to this friendly Buddhist restaurant for a modest-yet-filling vegetarian buffet that, at ¥10, will barely make a dent in your wallet. Etiquette dictates that you eat everything that you put on your plate and clear your own dishes. To get here from Pingjiang Lu, take Zhuzhang Alley (邾长巷), go left at the public toilets and then left at Zhangjiaqiaobang.

  • Restaurants in Suzhou

    Zhūhóngxīng

    Popular with locals, this red-wood-furniture-bedecked eatery, with several branches across town, has a long history and wholesome, filling noodles – try the scrummy xiàrén miàn (虾仁面; noodles with baby shrimp) or the xuěcài ròusī miàn (雪菜肉丝面; meat and vegetable noodles).

  • Restaurants in Nanjing

    Real Bread Cafe

    The best bakery in Nanjing, Real Bread Cafe serves its sandwiches in suitably crusty bread and its coffee (¥25) delightfully strong. Delicate and crispy pastries steal the show, from sugar-topped cruffins to Insta-worthy croissants with flavours such as strawberry milkshake or black-pepper parmesan.