Restaurants

Top Choice Cafe in Nánjīng

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. Bal…
Top Choice Noodles in Nánjīng

Xiānmǎn Táng Shíguō Mǐxiàn

If you've only ¥16 to your name and you're half-starved, hand your cash over to the staff. For ¥16 to ¥18 you can get a vast steaming bowl of rice noodles with copious amounts of chicken, beef, pork or fish thrown i…
Top Choice Jiangsu in Nánjīng

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 fr…
Top Choice Dumplings in Sūzhōu

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 hou…
Gansu in Sūzhōu

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…
Jiangsu in Sūzhōu

Wúmén Rénjiā

Hidden in a quiet alley north of Lion Grove Garden, this lovely traditional courtyard restaurant attracts a mix of locals and visitors for its subtly flavoured Sūzhōu cooking. The Qing-dynasty mansion in which the r…
Dumplings in Sūzhōu

Yǎba Shēngjiān

With great clouds of steam rising from the kitchen, this 60-year-old institution mainly flogs noodles but its handmade shēngjiān bāo (生煎包; pan-fried dumplings), stuffed with juicy pork, are outstanding and flavour-p…
Peking Duck in Nánjīng

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. …
Teahouse in Sūzhōu

Pingvon

Although often busy, this seriously cute little teahouse finds itself perched beside one of Sūzhōu’s most popular canalside streets, serving up excellent dumplings and delicate little morsels on small plates. The te…
Xinjiang in Nánjīng

Aladdin

This smartly attired Xīnjiāng restaurant is done up in lime green and cream, with a mezzanine floor above. The sizeable menu is, of course, packed with lamb: ribs (¥10 each), kebabs (¥5 each) or the whole roasted la…