Top ChoiceGastronomy in The Bund & People's Square

Ultraviolet

You’ve probably paired food and wine before, but what about coupling an illuminated apple-wasabi communion wafer with purple candles and a specially designed cathedral scent and visuals? Welcome to China’s most...

Top ChoiceCantonese in Tsuen Wan

Yue Kee Roasted Goose Restaurant

In an alley lined with roast-goose restaurants, 60-year-old Yue Kee is the king. Order gorgeous plates of coppery-skinned charcoal-roasted goose (half is plenty for four people) and sample house specialities...

Top ChoiceCantonese in Cotai

Fook Lam Moon

This 1000-sq-metre branch of Hong Kong's revered Fook Lam Moon (aka 'tycoons' canteen'), lives up to its name in quality and price. This being a lavish casino restaurant, the menu favours marine delicacies such...

Top ChoiceCantonese in Guangzhou

Bingsheng Mansion

One of only eight restaurants awarded a star in the inaugural 2018 Guangzhou Michelin guide, this is the upmarket flagship of the esteemed Bingsheng chain, serving creative riffs on Canto classics in an elegant...

Top ChoiceCantonese in Macau Peninsula

Eight

The Eight is a stellar three-Michelin-starred restaurant and model of Cantonese culinary refinement inside the Grand Lisboa. You can dine on a 'simple' meal of roast meat and Cantonese soup cooked to perfection,...

Top ChoiceTapas in Jing'an

Commune Social

From UK celebrity chef Jason Atherton, this natty Neri & Hu–designed restaurant blends a stylish yet relaxed vibe with sensational tasting dishes, exquisitely presented by chef Scott Melvin. It's divided...

Top ChoiceCantonese in Cotai

Jade Dragon

At three-Michelin-starred Jade Dragon, the genius of a Cantonese master is applied to top-notch ingredients and the results are mesmerising. We've all had barbecued pork and dumplings, but the real highlights...

Top ChoiceYunnan in Shuhe Old Town

1 Restaurant

Built into a historic courtyard house once owned by a trader of the Tea Horse Road era, the restaurant's very modern menu features Yunnanese and Naxi specialties and even a few truffle dishes. Ask if a table is...

Top ChoiceSichuan in Drum Tower & Dongcheng North

Zhang Mama

An absurdly affordable spice-fest, humble Zhang Mama is run by a multi-generational family of Sichuan exiles (including mama), all with mad wok skills. The signature is xiāngguō (香锅; ¥48 to ¥58), a humongous bowl...

Top ChoicePeking Duck in Forbidden City & Dongcheng Central

Dadong

Dadong

Dadong could be the best meal of your trip or an occasion to forget, and it all comes down to expectation. Less Peking duck restaurant and more temple to contemporary Chinese fine dining, Dadong (real name Dong...

Top ChoiceItalian in Li River

Luna

This fine rooftop restaurant experience is one of Yangshuo's best. The view of Moon Hill isn't quite as amazing as it used to be – thanks to a neighbour building a stack opposite – but it's still sublime. And the...

Top ChoiceIce Cream in Xining

Snow Mountain Creamery

This two-tier American-run spot is a winner and a must-do for fans of superb, handmade ice cream (¥15 a scoop), coffee, comfort and the whole Mountain Creamery shebang. Your fingers could be reaching for the yak...

Top ChoiceHunan in Beihai Park & Xicheng North

Yúfúnán

One of the best modern Chinese dining experiences in the capital, Yúfúnán is an insanely stylish spice fest, serving the sweat-inducing fare of Hunan province in an all-white, modernist dining space squeezed...

Top ChoiceMexican in Sanlitun & Chaoyang

Taco Bar

The king, nay the emperor of Chinese taquerias, Taco Bar packs out with punters feasting on fiendishly tasty Mexican street-style tacos including al pastor (pork belly) and carne asada (steak), slathered in...

Top ChoiceCantonese in Aberdeen & South Hong Kong Island

Aberdeen Fish Market Yee Hope Seafood Restaurant

Hidden in Hong Kong's only wholesale fish market, this understated eatery run by fishers is truly an in-the-know place for ultrafresh seafood. There’s no menu, but tell them your budget and they’ll source the...

Top ChoiceCantonese in Drum Tower & Dongcheng North

Jīn Dǐng Xuān

Dripping in red neon and lanterns, this raucous Chinese restaurant by the south gate of Ditan Park is a magnificent monstrosity that never closes – even for Chinese New Year! Four bustling floors of great-value...

Top ChoiceBeijing in Sanlitun & Chaoyang

Taste of Dadong

This casual concept eatery from Beijing's duck maestro Dong Zhenxiang – of famed sister restaurant, Dadong – lets you enjoy a portion of his famous roast fowl without having to order the whole bird. The rest of...

Top ChoiceCafe 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....

Top ChoiceMongolian in Hohhot

Grandma

Overlooked by a portrait of Genghis Khan, diners love this colourful, fun and vibrant upstairs restaurant that does a roaring trade. There's a huge variety of Mongolian specialities to choose from, including...

Top ChoicePeking Duck in Sanlitun & Chaoyang

Jingzun Peking Duck

Jingzun Peking Duck

An unsung purveyor of Peking duck, Jingzun's bargain birds (¥138/79 for a whole/half) are every bite the equal of Beijing's more elite brands, unruly presentation aside. Lacquer-skinned and succulent, the ducks...