Hangzhou

Restaurants in Hangzhou

Sample local specialties include stuffed-beggar’s chicken and fatty dongpo pork at the great Louwailou restaurant.

A number of restaurants offer views of West Lake, but this one stands out with its covered terrace and extensive menu featuring dishes from throughout China. Regional specialties include longjing xiaren, shrimp cooked with longjing tea.

Facing the lake, the Hyatt Regency's atmospheric, antiques-filled restaurant serves classic Hangzhou fare, such as beggar's chicken and Dongpo rou-a fork-tender pork dish named after the city's 11th-century poet Su Dongpo.

Dai Jianjun is one of the country's most obsessive locavore chefs: his 10-course dinners, served in eight wooden pavilions in a landscaped garden, raise the bar for organic, farm-to-table cuisine in China.