Awesome little restaurant/boutique hotel! What a find! And it was really, really tough to find! Down a very dodgy looking little hutong (alleyway in Beijing) with Madame Mao?s limo out the front, this restored Qing dynasty courtyard residence is a magic place to eat. Covered in memorabilia from the days of Mao, including ceramic statues showing him in repose smoking a cigar and with telephones in the bar you can pick up to hear him speak, its all a bit eerie! The best were the tiny waitresses dressed in Mao uniforms that were about 3 sizes too big for them.
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Favorite Dish: ?Xiaoping?s Spice of Life?
Fantastic atmosphere with a cigar room with old Communist elite style sofas (the white lacy couch covers and all!!!)...
The food was excessively expensive but the display was fantastic! (Though Brent carved our maiden that was made out of carrot into a maiden with two faces...)
This is one of the places where honorary guests and visiting dignitaries are taken to be wined and dined CHINESE style...
Definately I'd recommend the Red Capital Club. You can find this listed in the Lonley Planet guide (and you'll need to look it up to get the address). Even with the address we nearly didn't make it by taxi because its down this alley which was really off the main route. This restaurant was converted from an authentic courtyard house and then decorated with period pieces claimed from the central government. Even the paintings on the beams were done by the artists who keep up the paintings in the Summer Palace. It was simply a feast for the eyes as well as truly a feast of food.
My recommendation is that you go to the restaurant earlier than your reservation and have a drink in the 'study' and read the menu. It is written in DETAIL lots and lots of history and where each dish was originated or inspired from...easily an hour's read.