Starbucks!: On leafy Shamian Island
Yes, I know but as I was staying in the Youth Hostel on Shamian Island nearby, I popped in here for breakfast as it was just down the road. The building is a beautiful old colonial building with a kind of Moorish feel. They do everything you get in any other Starbucks around the world. They do some good cinnamon rolls which I ate for breakfast washed down with a cappuccino and you can sit outside in nice comfy chairs along the veranda and watch the locals go about their morning business. One morning, they had a certain type of coffee for free and I ended up with two free coffees plus the one I bought so I was buzzing for the rest of the day!
Cow & Bridge: Excellent Thai food
This restaurant is located on Shamian Island and I came here one evening and had a wonderful Thai meal of chicken green curry with aromatic lemons, rice and a beer for RMB67. Most main courses are about RMB45 and can range up to RMB90 for more elaborate or seafood meals. Beers cost RMB15-20 and there is a special range of Thai drinks for RMB20. Waiters speak good English and the service is generally efficient, although it can be hard to get their attention at times. Meanwhile, the decor is fairly simple, only spiced up with the addition of a few plants.
Lucy's: Great western food
This restaurant has an American diner feel with the menu consisting of decent burgers, buffalo wings, Tex-Mex dishes, sandwiches, pizza etc plus some good deserts such as apple pie and ice cream. Beer is RMB12 for half a pint and RMB20 for a pint. The waitresses are very friendly and speak English. As well as the western food, they also offer many Chinese dishes. You can sit inside but they also have many tables outside in the park underneath trees.
Guang Zhou Hong Xing Seafood Restaurant: Great Dim Sum & Fresh Seafood
We ate dim sum here almost daily during our 6 weeks in Guangzhou. Very busy, despite their massive size. This restaurant has 4 floors and awesome dim sum & seafood. Live seafood is their specialty and you can get everything, all kind fresh fish, shell foods, turtles, etc. We did mostly the dim sum bar up on the second level, although you can get dim sum on the main level too. Check out the aquariums and the beautiful aquarium see through coffee table just to the right of the entrance on the main floor. This place is bright & spacious, has outdoor seating, plenty of tables, although during dim sum if you go to late, you will have to wait.
It is one of the few restaurants that takes credit cards, and if you go to most local restaurants, you will find they don't take credit cards or debit. Prices vary depending on the dish, but every morning we fed 6-8 for about $150 Yuan, and that was a ton of food. Be careful on taking leftovers with you to snack on for lunch later...they give you baggies, no containers. We made a point of leaving our left overs behind most of the time, but we did take extra buns for later, if we knew that we would be in a park later in the day.
The second level has a dim sum bar that you can walk up to and get everything yourself. They do make special order congee (breakfast rice soup), and some special order noodles, pan fried dumplings, etc. The pastries and buns were very fresh too! Check out the incredible massive bamboo plants woven into 6 foot vase style creations up at the top of the stairs on the 2nd level.
Remember to bring your napkins for the washrooms (this is par for most restaurants in China), and they are available at the table for a fee.
Favorite Dish: Love the dim sum and the fresh fish.
COW & BRIDGE THAI CUISINE: Thai Cusine 50% off in this June and July
In celebrating the newly chained restaurant open at famous Beijing road, other branch restaurants such as the ones at Tianhe and Huale is ready to offer a 50% discount for the cuisine with coupon as follow. It is said the discount is available on every Fri, Sat and Suns in June and July.
Try it and you hv nothing to lose.
Tianhe restaurant: 2nd floor, No. 175-181, Xianglong Gardern, North Tian he Road 020-85250821
Huale restaurant: 2nd floor, No.38, Guangyi Building, Huale Road, 020-83601468
Bing Sheng (炳胜) Sea Food restaurant: Best local food
A great place if you want to taste the best Cantonese dishes while do not want to pay a premium for unnecessarily luxury settings.
It is a big, stand-alone building with several floors of tables. You'd better make a reservation before you go, because there are always a long queue.
The boss owns 3 other restaurants in Guangzhou, all very nice, you may want to check them out (see attached pictures)
CNY 100 each person is already a big treat.
Favorite Dish: Pig legs, Shrimp sashimi, soups, BBQ pork (cha-shao)Related to:
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Epicurean Cuisine (CLOSED!): Malaysian and Singaporean food!
Update on 11 Mar 08: This restaurant was closed in 2008. Sigh...restaurants here sprouts and close down too often and too fast. Morale of the story: Eat while you still can, before it closes down again.
Joy to those who miss M'sian and S'porean food while living in GZ! Finally, I found a restaurant that sells M'sian and S'porean local delights like curry chicken(chinese type), Nasi Lemak, Char Kway Tiao, Hor Fun, Hainanese Chicken rice etc etc.
Beside the above, they also offer other dishes that's very difficult to find in GZ, like Sambal Kangkong, Sambal Sotong, Black pepper crab or prawns, some of the very favourites of M'sians and S'poreans!
I've tried many of the above and would say that the food is good. Although not fantastic, the cooking and taste is authentic enough and I like the variety they offered. As it tasted authentic, it may not suits the local chinese very much and so they also offered some local chinese dishes. Currently at the time of my writing, they are offering $18RMB set lunch which is very wellworth.
According to the floor manager, the boss is a M'sian and the cook is from M'sia too.
The restaurant is clean and bright and the service is above average.
What I'm most glad of finding this restaurant is that it brings in alot of M'sian and S'porean dishes which I can't find in GZ yet. :)
Favorite Dish: Curry Chicken - Not hot enough but I like the thick gravy
Chicken Wings - Crispy on the outside and juicy in the inside
Nasi Lemak - the ikan billis and the sambal chilli, hard to find in GZ unless homecook!
Roku Roku: Japanese food, my favourite!
Ohh, one good thing about staying in GZ is that you got to try out many good food, at a much cheaper price!
A quite authentic japanese restaurant, with classy interior settings, patronaged by many many japanese, is Roku Roku.
The japanese food they served can be considered one of the more authentic ones in GZ. Dinner fare would be expensive but they offered lunch set meals that are, I say, very value for money. Their set lunch are at price between $50 to around $90RMB and their servings are big.
Heard that their sashimi are very good too. If you order Ala Carte, it will be more expansive but you'll be sure that the food and fresh and good.
Service, very attentive and polite. You will enjoy dining there.
Oh yes, please call to reserve tables if you're thinking of trying this restaurant. It's always full.
Favorite Dish: For set lunches, try their beef series, they are so good! Yes, their salmon sets and tempura sets are very good too!Related to:
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Lao Ban Zhang (means old class leader): Xiao Long Bao
This is a very local eatery specializing in Xiao Long Bao. Very local eatery ambience with small round tables and stools, simple to nearly no decors and also at a local price.
Their menu is very limited. Around 6 types of Xiao Long Bao, one type of Millet porridge and 20 over kinds of small cold dishes. Well, since their Xiao Long Bao is good and so famous that all tables ordered the same food, there's really no need to have more variey like noodles, rice etc.
As I mentioned, this eatery offers good Xiao Long Bao at local price. For a big tray of 10 Xiao Long Baos, they are selling at RMB10. For this price, you get to enjoy 10 big and juicy traditional Xiao Long Bao! I would also highly recommend the millet porridge. The porridge looked very oily from far because it's yellow in colour, but after tasting it then i realised that it's because it's made of millet which explains the colour. The porridge is smooth and light, suitable to go with the various cold dishes that they offered.
Favorite Dish: Pork Xiao Long Bao (strong flavor) - They have strong and light favour, differences lies with the oil they used in the Bao. Stong favour uses sesame oil while light favour uses peanut oil.
Millet porridge - Goes very well with the Xiao Long Bao and the small cold dishes they sell.
YU JING XUAN: Cantonese Food - Dim Sum
Yu Jing Xuan, located in the Grand International Hotel, gave me a good impression when I first stepped in. Decorated elegantly, it has a typical big Hong Kong Dim Sum restaurant settings. It has soft lighting, spacious seats and friendly waiters and waitresses (when I say friendly, it's at the GZ context, so still don't expect too much.)
As there will be no table sharing, the waiting time here is long. I waited about 40 mins to get my table. Food was fine, not really fantastic but none of the 6 dishes we ordered taste awful, so I think this restaurant is still quite okay. They also have smoking and non smoking area.
Please don't be mistaken by the picture, they serve 3 pieces, not 2 for each dish we ordered. Just that my husband had eaten 1 piece each from each plate before I have this photo taken. Haha!
Favorite Dish: Char Siew So (Roast pork pastry) - Flaky pastry and the roast pork filling is rich and sweet. It still taste good after I bought home some and tried them few hours later.Related to:
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JIN GANG YUAN Korea Restaurant ½ð ¸Õ Ô·: Korean Food! My fav cusine.
From a food review recommended in a book, I tried this JIN GANG YUEN Korea restaurant. Tasted quite authenic based on my standard and it's also a place visited by many koreans. Nice korean settings, good service and at a reasonable price. Like any proper korean restaurant, they serve 6 small dishes of appetizers. I love the (appetizer) minced meat served on a clam shell most although I still can't figure out what meat I'm eating. But sadly, their appetizers are not free flow, not like in S'pore where I can ask for refill countless times! Haha!
In the picture, the dish on the left is called the spicy fried rice cakes ( À± ³´ Äê ¸â ), nice! It was not as spicy as I thought it will, it comes with a tinge of sweetness, sweet and spicy, yummy. The rice cake is stir fry with mushrooms and pieces of beef. The dish on the right is hot plate beef burgers.
They also serve set meals (main dish with rice and soup and dessert) which will cost slightly cheaper.
Favorite Dish: Of course that would be the BBQ beef or the hotplate beef. You can BBQ them yourself on the stove on your table or you can have the waitress to BBQ them for you at another table (some people don't like the BBQ smoke and so they will ask the waitress to do it for them).Related to:
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Shui Mu Lian Qing: Nice dim sum with very interesting names
This restaurant's ambience and decor is as beautiful as it's name.
Their Dim Sum can be considered above average and some of their signature dishes have very interesting names. Like the ones in the photo, the yellow deep fried glutinous balls are named "keeping a mistress" ( ½ð ÎÝ藏 ½¿ )and the greens onsare named "trapped hero" (英 雄 被 困 ). And you know what, the contents are even more interesting! The "keeping a mistress" has coconut milk with sago inside and the "trapped hero" has real milk tea in the fillings. I'm not talking about coconut milk favor but real coconut milk liquid inside. Special! v
Favorite Dish: "Keeping a mistress"
Jiao Mei Restaurant: Good Cantonese Cuisine
Jiao Mei Restaurant is one of Guangzhou’s most delicious sources for Cantonese food, with their speciality being crunchy toasted doves.
The staff at the serviced residence recommended this restaurant serving Cantonese cuisine at Victory Plaza (Tianhe District). Victory Plaza is beside the famous Book Selling building in Tianhe district.
The food and service is more than expected. Each person has two pair of chopsticks (green and ivory) which is quite new experience for me. The food is of good quality and so are the chinese drinks.
We tried the toasted doves, which is quite nice and double-boiled melon soup and other stuffs. Tea is charged at 5 RMB/pax.
The food is sometime brought out of the kitchen with waiter on roller skates. Serving is done by waitress on normal footwear, of course.
Favorite Dish: Soup of the day (Double boiled Pear Soup)Related to:
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Tianhe Towers Hotel: Good DimSum/YumCha
Located beside the Tianhe Bus Station, is two similar buildings on each side of the bus station, called Tianhe Dasha. One is quite rundown while the other is a hotel with a nice restaurant at the 1st storey level.
We had dimsum there and the food is good. Service is prompt and, as usual, tea is 5 RMB/pax.
We ordered a varieties of dimsum from 1:00pm to 3:00pm and eat till we were full. Total bill 132 RMB including the 5 RMB/pax tea drink.
Favorite Dish: HaQao (prawn dumpling).Related to:
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Tang Li Yuen: Nice Congee
This restaurant is located in Liwan District, East Guangzhou. It provides special Chinese dishes. The most special thing in this restaurant is that you may dine in the boat with tables and chairs. You may even drive your boat on the lake and enjoy your meal. But this service is only provided at night. If you dine in the afternoon, you may sit next to the lake called Liwan Lake to enjoy your special Chinese meal. The environment is nice, with trees and Chinese decoration there.
Favorite Dish: The most favourite dish is Liwan Boat Congee. It is delicious. But the most special thing is that the boat congee is served in a boat (a real boat, you can sit there!). The price of it is fair. For a small size, it is CNY 11.5 (Euro 1.15, US$ 1.47). For a large one, it is CNY 22 (Euro 2.2, US$ 2.82). There is some calamary, fragments of meat
Apart from the Liwan Boat Congee, there are special dishes like Tang Li Piao Xiang. It includes the lotus root, small grain of potato, carrot, vegetables. It is CNY 48 (Euro 4.8, US$ 6.15)Related to:
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