This is a favourite with the expat population, usually just refered to as "Tinas" after the owner/head chef who is a local Chinese woman with an Italian boyfriend. Tinas is famous for the Pizzas, with expats making the trek from the far reaches of CQ city to sample her dishes. These are not American style pizzia with heavy doughy bases and stuffed crusts or slatherings of different toppings on the same pizzia, rather these are authentic Italian style pizzas straight from the kitchens of Tinas boyfriends homeland.
I spent 12 months in Chognqing and never found anywhere that could make a pizza anywhere near as good.
This resturant is located close to the Metro line and handy to transport all round the city.
Favorite Dish: I nearly always got the Pizzia Napolini. Cheese, anchovies, capers, black olives and cherry tomatos on a thin base. All pizzas come in 3 options, 8", 10" and 12"
There is of course a story for the origin of Hot-Pot (Huo Guo). Long time ago, some guys came from countryside to the town for making a living. Since they were busy at their business, they had few time to prepare their meals. One day, they just cooked a pot of water, adding many kinds of seasons such as spicy pepper, pepper, numb Bunge prickly ash, etc , as well as vegetables and meats into the pot. Finally, they found it tasted very delicious. From then people developed lots of kinds of that series from the prototype. Hot-pot became a well-known food.
Favorite Dish: Beef, lamb and vegetable in hot-pot...
Chongqing is famous for its hot Sichuan cuisine and world-famous hotpot dishes. We got a chance to sample some of the dishes at lunch and it was pretty enjoyable. A cold beer is necessary to wash it down!!
I liked the chicken better than the fish , The fish is prepared with all the bones intact and I don't have the skill to remove them!
Ok, ok, I always stick to the local stuff wherever I am........but I couldnt eat MenTou or soup every morning.........the huge CARREFOUR supermarket made me betray my own guiding principle. I just couldnt resist the crunchy baguette - but in combination with my beloved Dragon Fruit ;-)
If you get the feeling for a one-stop-shop with everything you can imagine or even miss from home walk down the Minzhu Lu from the JiefangBei monument for 5-10 minutes, past the Intercontinental Hotel until the end of this road (crossing) - you cant miss it.
Chongqing's cuisine belongs to Sichuan Cuisine. So every food is very spicey and hot, hot, hot! We got the Chongqing Hotpot with two varieties. Fortunately there was not only the very hot Hotpot but also a bowl with a miold soup. We could put all the nice meat, fish and vegetables into hot soup or mild soup. Very good! I like hot and spicy food, but this was almost not bearable! I coughed and coughed and coughed. But I liked it!
Nice setup, unique striking red back ground.
Favorite Dish: Ice cream are getting more popular and favourable to customer because of its rich nutrition composition and unique mouth feel, flavour and shape, it's one of those truly extraordinary desserts that still excites. Finally an unusual ice cream “fritto fried ice cream” a kind of nutrition food has quietly arrived to the mountain city. Served “in the form of heart shape, crumbled into thin flakes” that is hot and crusty on the outside and cold and softly melting on the inside, makes fervent and ice-cold feeling at the same time, it is marvellous and infinite. This come from Italy “fritto fried ice cream” with your curiosity and fantasy you simply must try . And why not? ...It tastes delicious
My first tip is one of the best Tea Houses I have ever seen in China. It is called 18 Stairs Teahouse, but it is not too difficult to find. Itis situated in the Yuzhong District, close to Jiefang Bei. From JiefangBei walk down the MinquanLu to the round about or rotary traffic meeting the XinhuaLu (10 minutes walking). From this traffic circle you take the second street on the right side, which is called ZhongxingLu and heads down to the ChangJiang, but it is already the second building 100 meters on the left side of the road (from there you look down on to an older part of Chongqing. From the outside you donot realize that it is a Teahouse (if you can not read Chinese of course) and it looks so small you only see one storey. But if you enter you will find another world.
There are three more storeys downstairs, because it is situated on the hangside to an older quarter of Chongqing. Everything is decorated with antiques, woodcarvings, bamboo, calligraphies, buddhas and so on. In summer time you can enjoy a nice terrace, lovely decorated, with a view over the mentioned old quarter all the way to the ChangJiang (if they havent built 10 new skyscrapers by now, you never know in Chongqing). On the lower floors they have a little well running like a river through the floor, so that you have to do some stone-stepping to reach the other side with dry feet, Im serious. You can choose between cosy corners, private rooms or normal tables but you always feel very comfartable. I dont have to mention the Tea quality in a Chinese Tea House, do I?
Here I used to take a break with a relaxing cup of tea after a tough bargain at the Antique Market down the street, which is my second tip for Chongqing.
An American Cafe. It is very bland in surroundings and has that American diner feel about it. Often frequented by young Americans and old alike. Chef is a Hawaiian called Cliff. Cliff is very welcoming and would almost cook you anything American if you asked.
We have not yet eaten here but have heard it is good. Cafe turns into bar at night after food has been served. Great place to meet up with friends and drink the night away.
Favorite Dish: Ribs are supposed to be very good
Absolute heaven! A lovely restaurant set in the middle of town. The ambience is truely Thai and the food is very good. Nice to see an ethic restaurant in China.
We have been here several times and each time we could not fault the food, or service.
Favorite Dish: Pineapple rice - very tasty
Crab cakes - yummy
Very impressed from the moment we walked in. Typical chinese style seafood restaurant with fish tanks featuring live fish, lobster, prawns etc...
The restaurant is huge with a big dining hall plus private rooms on the 2nd floor.
It is very easy to order if you don't speak the language - just point to the tank of fish you require and they will get the message.
The restaurant also serves meat and chicken just in case you don't like seafood.
Very pleasant dining atmosphere but the light get truned down at approx 9.30pm hinting to customers it is time to go home.
Favorite Dish: Soft shell prawns:
Cooked to perfection - heads cut off so no mucking around - they almost melt in your mouth
Fantastic food. BBQ grills built into table. Staff cook your food for you. Meat very tender and tasty
Ask for the English menu. They do have one - an expat got it translated for them
Favorite Dish: Everything- all fresh - never a bad experience
This restaurant is amazing. It is themed as a flower restaurant. Most of the dishes come with edible flowers. Female staff are dressed as fairy-like creatures and men like samurai. Dancing girls perform on stage all night. If offered a tour of the kitchen - go. The kitchen staff will all be dancing and it is very entertaining.
Favorite Dish: Food was average but entertainment was worth it.
Situated in the old french barricks over looking the Yangtze River. Very charming and worth the visit.
Service is slow and food quality is not consistant but ambience is spectacular.
Favorite Dish: Cup of coffee. Have not eaten here, but friends have on several occassions
If you're in Chongqing you must try hot pot. Chongqing is famous for its spicy Sichuan cuisine and hot pot. It's great with a group of people. In the middle of your table will be a big pot of hot oil and spices. You can get it as spicy as you wish. You then order the foods you like and put them into the hot pot to cook.
There is a nice rooftop garden setting at the Si Hua Hotel. All I had there was breakfast and several cups of tea while I wrote postcards for family and friends. I did meet up with a Dutch guy named Ger that ended up on the same ferry boat going down the Yangtze that I was on.