Restaurants in Beijing
Beijing restaurants are famous for their Beijing Roast Duck, a regional speciality that you’ll find served up at many Beijing eating-houses. At the other end of the spectrum you’ll find Beijing street food built around the jianbing guozi (savory pancakes) sold from carts throughout the day. Many stands will open early for the commuter trade, close for a while and reopen late at night to catch the post-bar or post-club trade.
There are a couple of stand-out restaurants in Beijing, though, so if you want a name to give the cabbie to make sure you get an unforgettable culinary experience, try the Awen Tang Bao. This small eatery, with its subdued lighting and plain décor, serves food that’s anything but plain and subdued. In particular, the speciality baozi – steamed buns filled with hot soup – are a front-runner for the spot of Beijing’s best. Locals know to ask the waiter for a straw to suck the soup out with!
By contrast with the subdued traditionalism of Awen Tang Bao, you might want to try out the Red Capital Club, festooned with campy remnants of Maoism and offering both great food and a great atmosphere.
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