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…
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. …
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…
Western in Nánjīng

Sculpting in Time

This simply adorable and very spacious riverside cafe is an appealing, relaxed spot with a delightful outdoor terrace overlooking the water. Grab a coffee and a seat outside and watch the pleasure boats drift by. Th…
Cafe in Nánjīng

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 sand…
Burgers in Nánjīng

Motu

Down along spruced-up Laomen Dong, New Zealander–owned Motu does a brisk trade in fine burgers. Order at the till, take a numbered flag and try and grab one of the balcony seats overlooking Gutong Alley (Gutong Xian…
Indian in Nánjīng

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 a…
Japanese in Nánjīng

Héfēng Biàndāng

This small wood-themed sushi spot with Japanese lanterns hanging outside does some excellent sets – the curry shrimps (¥38) in particular is very tasty and filling, with miso soup, a small salad and a dessert; great…