Beijing food is featured by Chinese imperial cuisine. Since Beijing has been the captial for thousands of years, Beijing food is various, but imperial cuisine represent its best. There are many imperial restaurants in beijing, and here are some famous ones.
Na Jia Xiaoguan
It is rare to find a relaxed and cozy atmosphere amid the hustle of central Biejing. Na Jia Xiaoguan is set within an indoor courtyard that is welcoming and warm. Situated in the vicinity of Guo Mao it is centrally located, yet tucked away. Though it may be a bit hard to find, this helps it remain a hidden treasure and popular among locals. The restaurant specialize in Manchu dishes and is specifically known for their outstanding huang tanzi, a thick slow cooked soup.
Li Jia Cai Restaurant
Imperial official cuisine is a known specialty of Beijing, and there is no better place to get a taste of this authentic cusine than Li Jia Cai Restaurant. Hidden in a hutong, this venue serves imperial cusine in a cultural atmosphere. The family restaurant uses recipes that were smuggled out of the Empress’ kitchen and are prepared in the same way today. A set-menu is served to create a truely historical experience.
Lai Jin Yu Xuan
Located inside Zhongshan Park, and first built in 1915, this restaurant is a Chinese legacy. Standing within a beautiful and quiet environment, the two-story restaurant sits beside a small pond amid willow and peach trees. Ancient interior design and elegant dishes give a authentic atmosphere to Lai Jin Yu Xuan. After your meal, you may take a stroll around the park to the nearby teahouse with the same name, where you can enjoy a cup of tea in the courtyard.
“Fangshan” literally translates to “imitate the imperial court cuisine.” Located in Beihai Park, once an imperial garden, Beijing Fangshan Restaurant offers luxurious Imperial Court Cuisine. It was opened in 1925 by imperial chefs of the former Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The restaurant caused a great sensation at that time and is just as popular today.