Wúmén Rénjiā

Jiangsu in Suzhou

Close to the Lion Grove Garden, this restaurant attracts a mix of locals and visitors for its subtly flavoured Sūzhōu cooking.

The menu takes inspiration from what Qing-dynasty emperor Qianlong allegedly ate during his famous visit to Sūzhōu in 1751. Written introductions to the local food culture are displayed (in Chinese) on the walls of the restaurant.

Try the ever-popular squirrelfish or the cherry-braised pork loin, which is slow-cooked for seven or eight hours and might be the softest most tender pork you'll try in China. Reservations essential.