Restaurants in Guangzhou
The city of Guangzhou was formerly known in the West as Canton, the home of the famous Cantonese cuisine. Eating out is popular in Guangzhou, with locals spending more at restaurants here than anywhere else in China. It is no wonder when you look at what's on offer: Cantonese cuisine is famous worldwide, and Guangzhou is its heart. The staples of Cantonese food are barbecue and dim sum, and you'll find exciting fare involving reptiles, amphibians and even insects; or, for the less gastronomically adventurous, more familiar fare like seafood and pork. Cantonese food is known for its good vegetarian variety as well.
There are also many restaurants in Guangzhou serving international culinary varieties with a range of French, Italian, American, Japanese and Turkish restaurants, to name just a few. However, international chain restaurants don't seem to find a foothold in the city. While tipping is not traditionally practiced in China, it is becoming more common in Guangzhou restaurants; if there is no 10% service charge on the bill, a tip to the same value is acceptable.
Guangzhou is also famous for its production of tea and it is lovely to sample different varieties in one of the cities many traditional tea houses.
1920 Restaurant & Bar
With its romantic location on the banks of the Pearl River, 1920 is a wonderful bar and restaurant serving classic European fare in a café-style setting, with a live jazz band playing mellow tunes in the background. The grilled pork in cheese sauce and the wild mushroom schnitzel come highly recommended. Open for lunch and dinner, reservations required.
Address: 183 Yuanjiangzhong Lu
Telephone: (0)20 8333 6156
Bei Yuan Jiujia
Take a seat in the Bei Yuan Jiujia courtyard, with its beautiful garden and pond, and enjoy a meal from the classic Cantonese menu - favourites include the huadiao zhu ji (chicken in yellow wine), tang cu su rou (sweet and sour pork) and the roasted goose. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner; reservations recommended.
Address: 202 Xiao Bei Lu
Telephone: (0)20 8356 3365
This laid-back Italian/American diner offers delicious, homemade dishes including roasted ribs, surf & turf, stracci and pappardelle pastas, pepperoni pizzas and char-grilled beef burgers. Don't miss the warm chocolate cake dessert. Open daily for lunch and dinner; deliveries also made.
Address: Pearl River New Town, Tianhe
Telephone: (0)20 8756 1993
Tairyo Japanese Restaurant
The Tairyo Japanese Restaurant offers diners the best in traditional Japanese cuisine, and the freshest sushi, all to be savoured in a calm and elegant environment. Open for lunch and dinner daily, reservations recommended.
Address: 2F Guang Yi Dasha, 34-38 Huale Lu, Guangzhou
Telephone: (0)20 8360 1372
Dining at La Seine is a classy French affair with a tempting lunch buffet and a dinner menu featuring the likes of escargot with garlic and parsley butter, or pan-fried foie gras with caramel. Open daily for lunch and dinner, reservations recommended.
Address: Xinghai Concert Hall, 33 Qingbo Road, Ersha Island
Telephone: (0)20 8735 2531
Prime is a steakhouse at the China Marriott Hotel serving the best of Australian and Kobe steaks, succulent chops and prime-rib burgers, all grilled to delicious perfection and served in very satisfactory portions. Open for lunch and dinner daily, reservations recommended.
Address: 122 Liu Hua Road
Telephone: (0)20 8666 6888
Tao Tao Ju
Tao Tao Ju is consistently rated the best dim sum restaurant it Guangzhou, however tourists need to be aware that this delicious food comes with garish decor, a loud atmosphere, and a selection of animal parts not usually included on menus, like the kudzu and snakehead soup (which is wonderful). They have more than 200 different kinds of dim sum. With this in mind, Tao Tao Ju is ideal for tourists in Guangzhou looking to try authentic dim sum and willing to step outside their comfort zone. The restaurant is open from 6:30pm to midnight.
Address: 20 Dishifu Road, Liwan District
Telephone: (0)20 8139 6111
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