Must-see restaurants in China

  • The Barn by Green & Safe

    French Concession

    Part deli, part Whole Foods–style grocery, plus pizzeria, grill, bakery and brunch...the hugely popular Barn has it all. Its motto is 'eat your way around…

  • Hóng Làjiāo Xiāngcàiguǎn

    Shanghai

    There's no shortage of decent Hunan restaurants in Shanghai, but you won't find much better than this one. Wooden benches and an exposed-brick effect make…

  • Najia Xiaoguan

    Beijing

    With modern Chinese interiors fit for an emperor, this Manchu-inspired restaurant is a regal delight, serving imperial fare such as Peking duck, braised…

  • Kau Kee Restaurant

    Hong Kong

    You can argue till the noodles go soggy about whether Kau Kee has the best beef brisket in town. Whatever the verdict, the meat – served with toothsome…

  • Chi Lin Vegetarian

    Kowloon

    Savour organic wild mushrooms with rice or noodles, and impeccable veggie dim sum such as steamed asparagus with lily bulbs and truffle, as an artificial…

  • Hutong

    Kowloon

    Northeastern Chinese is on offer at this stylish space at the top of the H Zenter building. The stunning dining area is surrounded by wall-to-wall windows that…

  • Yershari

    Shanghai

    Yershari offers a slightly smarter version of the typically raucous Xinjiang dining experience, but this place is still no-frills and plenty of fun with…

  • ᠎Sun Hing Restaurant

    Hong Kong

    Many a drunken Soho reveller has trudged westward after a long night seeking cheap dim sum, but to no avail. Then just before they pass out, there appears…

  • Rōnin

    Hong Kong

    With just 24 counter seats locked down behind an unmarked door, Rōnin has all the hallmarks of a coveted Soho dining spot before you've even seen the…

  • Xibo

    French Concession

    Trust Shanghai to serve up a stylish Xinjiang restaurant – you're unlikely to find a place like this in China's wild northwest. It's a little pricey, but…

  • Lock Cha Tea Shop

    Wan Chai & Northeast Hong Kong Island

    Set in the lush environs of Hong Kong Park, Lock Cha serves fragrant Chinese teas and vegetarian dim sum in an antique-styled environment designed to…

  • Fu 1039

    Shanghai

    Set in a three-storey 1913 villa, Fu attains an old-fashioned charm. Foodies who appreciate sophisticated surroundings and Shanghainese food on par with…

  • Seventh Son

    Wan Chai & Northeast Hong Kong Island

    Worthy spin-off from the illustrious and famously wallet-unfriendly Fook Lam Moon – aka Tycoon's Canteen, for its clientele of movie stars and politicians…

  • Yúxìn Chuāncài

    The Bund & People's Square

    Among Shanghai’s best Sichuan restaurants, Yúxìn is a dab hand in the art of blistering chillies and numbing peppercorns. Menu all-stars include the …

  • Grandma’s Home

    Hangzhou

    There's no end to the hype about this restaurant, which now has branches across the whole country, with eager diners constantly clustering outside. It…

  • Tóng Xīn Chūn

    Ningxia

    Locals regard this unassuming decades-old establishment as one of the best places to try Ningxia cuisine, in particular, mutton. The bonus is that it's…

  • Bingsheng Taste

    Guangzhou

    This marvellous restaurant, one of several branches of Guangzhou's highly regarded chain that also boasts upmarket editions like Bingsheng Mansion and …

  • Lost Heaven

    The Bund & People's Square

    Lost Heaven might not have the views that keep its rivals in business, but why go to the same old western restaurants when you can get sophisticated Bai,…

  • Green & Safe

    French Concession

    Expat favourite Green & Safe is the closest thing you’ll get to Whole Foods in Shanghai. There's open-plan dining and an inviting loft-style restaurant…

  • Supin

    Guangzhou

    The gleaming interior of this Shamian mansion conversion is all glass, marble and chandeliers, baiting you to photograph it. Equally social-media…

  • Shintori

    French Concession

    The industrial-chic interior here resembles a set from a Peter Greenaway film, from the eye-catching open kitchen to the sleek staff running around like…

  • Mr & Mrs Bund

    The Bund & People's Square

    Chef Paul Pairet's casual bistro has a mix-and-match menu with a heavy French influence, reimagined and served up with Pairet’s ingenious presentation…

  • Mazilu Beef Noodles

    Lanzhou

    In business since 1954, this place has locals flocking here for steaming bowls of the city's most well-known export: spicy hand-pulled noodles. Join the…

  • Lan Fong Yuen

    Hong Kong

    This rickety facade hides an entire cha chaan tang (tea cafe). Lan Fong Yuen (1952) is believed to be the inventor of the ‘pantyhose’ milk tea, and droves…

  • Duck de Chine

    Forbidden City & Dongcheng Central

    Beijing's most refined destination for duck, where perfectly bronzed birds are announced to the dining room by the chiming of a gong. Maybe it's the 30…

  • Sproutworks

    Shanghai

    A branch of the excellent quick-serve smart cafeteria joint, serving cooked Asian and Mediterranean meals from counter vats. Plus fresh-to-order salads…

  • Sum Yuen

    Macau

    You can pick from over 150 creative dishes at this modern restaurant at Pou Tai Temple. Avocado, yam and eggplant figure on the menu, in the form of sushi…

  • Man Mo Café

    Hong Kong

    At this welcoming place, chefs from culinary giants in Taiwan (Din Tai Fung) and France (Robuchon) team up to create high-end fusion dim sum. Portions are…

  • Old Bailey

    Hong Kong

    The joy of Old Bailey begins with its snazzy Herzog & de Meuron–designed interior that mixes mid-century-modern Scandi with Chinese design principles, and…

  • Yánquán Nóngjiā

    Yunnan

    The one genuine restaurant in the village is also one of the most famous in Yunnan, after being featured on the hit Chinese TV show A Bite of China…

  • Clube Militar de Macau

    Macau

    In a distinguished colonial building, with fans spinning lazily above, the Military Club takes you back in time to a quieter Macau. Simple and delicious…

  • Tapas de Portugal

    Macau

    Tantalising Portuguese-style tapas are on offer at this cosy, warm-toned restaurant by the owner of Michelin-lauded António. There are over 40 to choose…

  • Lucky Full City Seafood

    Xiamen

    If you eat out just once in Xiamen, join the queues for this Cantonese culinary masterclass, and then stack up the exquisite dim sum dishes like egg buns,…

  • Diǎn Dōu Dé

    Guangzhou

    With around 25 branches in Guangzhou, Diǎn Dōu Dé is one of the best-loved names in dim sum, turning out delicious shrimp dumplings, shāomài (烧卖, shrimp…

  • Yang's Fry Dumplings

    Hongkou & North Shanghai

    Hoover up Yang’s signature, time-honoured and much-applauded fried shēngjiān dumplings in various incarnations from pork to shrimp. Order per liǎng (两,…

  • Fú Hé Huì

    Shanghai

    Started by the team behind Fu 1015, Fu 1088 and Fu 1039, Fú Hé Huì is the standout in an amazing bunch. Set in an elegant private room, the strictly…

  • El Willy

    Shanghai Old City

    Ensconced in the stunningly converted South Bund 22, Willy Trullas Moreno’s fetching and fun restaurant is a more relaxed counterpoint to many other…

  • Little Bao

    Wan Chai & Northeast Hong Kong Island

    A trendy diner that wows with its bao (Chinese buns) – snow-white orbs crammed with juicy meat and slathered with Asian condiments – and fusion sharing…

  • Jian Guo 328

    French Concession

    Frequently crammed, this boisterous, narrow, two-floor, MSG-free spot tucked away on Jianguo Rd does a roaring trade in well-priced Shanghainese cuisine…

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