Banana Leaf Curry House is a chain of superb Thai restaurants that are popular in the Guangzhou area... Banana Leaf has a huge menu, loaded with interesting Thai specialties, as well as a few options from other Southeast Asian countries such as their delectable Malaysian satay...! Their fresh coconut juice is always good, and usually the best place to get coconut juice in Guangzhou... This restaurant also features some live entertainment in the form of singing and dancing by the staff members themselves who sometimes get the customers involved...!
My favorite fresh fruit snack restaurant chain in Hong Kong has just opened its first branch in Guangzhou. Now you can enjoy the popular Hong Kong treats on the streets of Guangzhou, just one block west of bustling Beijing Street.
There is seating upstairs overlooking the busy Guangzhou intersection where the shop is located.
Try the fresh mango juice or go for one of the big mixed fruit desserts with coconut or mango sorbet.
Hui Lau Shan has gone international with branches now in Taiwan, Singapore, and USA. The Guangzhou branch opened in June 2004 and instantly became a trendy meeting place for young women who go there before and after shopping.
Favorite Dish: Papaya Juice with Coconut Milk
Mango Pudding With Coconut Ice Cream
"Hai Di Lao Ye" Coconut Sorbet with Melon Balls and Kiwi (pronounced "Heidi Lao Yeigh!")
Mango Sorbet with Fresh Mango, Coconut, and Black Sticky Rice
There are so many kinds of desserts. My favorite one is called "tortoise-tufuling" (the dark one in the pic). It smells fragant and tastes sweet, a little bitter and smooth. They said it can smoothen your skin, keep you young and give you long life if you eat it. Better hurry and get it in Guangzhou. :-)
My friend took me to this restaurant which is opposite the art college. They serve almost all kinds of Cantonese food. I love this rice noodle the best. You can order beef balls, fish balls or pork balls too. There I ordered fish and beef balls. They taste wonderful! And it is very cheap too. Such a portion only cost me 6 yuan.
Cantonese people love having tea so much. Morning, afternoon and evening. This restaurant is a fancy one serving tea too. Besides, there serve food to go with tea too. If you come after 9.30pm, you only pay 1 yuan for tea for each person, and 3 yuan for whatever dish you get!
2nd Avenue, named so because it's on Shamain Erjie (which means Shamian 2nd Street), is one of the best western-style restaurants in Shamian Dao. Exquisitely tasteful ambience and superb cuisine, especially their cherries jubilee and bananas flambé... They also make a good Hungarian goulash and French crêpes... Plus, fresh squeezed orange juice, as seen in the photo here...
Lucy's of Shamian Dao has a mixture of western and asian cuisine on the menu, and is decorated with lots of Hollywood memorabilia and movie posters such as the Marilyn Monroe poster you see in the photo here. There is indoor seating with air con as well as outdoor dining al fresco style. The best thing is they have an old-fashioned juke box with many songs to choose from, mostly 1970's classics and a few more recent romantic songs...
The food at Lucy's is a combination of typical Western options as well as various items from Asian countries. I've had the hamburger, various Italian-style pastas, quesadillas (pictured here), Hungarian goulash stew, and Malaysian-style noodles. They also make a good hot ginger Coke and have fresh fruit juices as well as a wide selection of alcoholic drinks...
This is an amazing Thai restaurant on Shamian Dao. Prices are quite reasonable and the food is sensational! I had the best fresh calamari ever, accompanied with a sweet and delectable orange sauce. Also had duck satay with peanut sauce and some of Xiujuan's delicious fresh crab! To drink, fresh papaya juice and for dessert a unique and very tasty slice of Durian cake!
The Rose Garden club, located on Shamian Dao, right alongside the Zhu Jiang, is one of the most romantic restaurants in Guangzhou. There is seating right next to the river and views of the neon lights on the opposite shores are very nice... The food is also good, a mixture of Eastern and Western cuisines offered, as well as a diverse selection of alcoholic drinks... As you can see in the photo, there is al fresco dining with Chinese lanterns hanging from the trees overhead, providing a lovely atmosphere. There is also dining inside with air con as well... Romantic Chinese and Western songs are usually played, adding to the ambience...
Favorite Dish: The club sandwich is very good, a close approximation of the western version...
Lan Kwai Fong, a primarily Thai restaurant named after the ever popular bar and restaurant district of Hong Kong Island, is a very pleasant place to eat within the relaxed atmosphere of Shamian Island. It is located on the east end of the island, in the former French colonial quarter, not far from the tennis center. Al fresco dining alongside the Pearl River is an option. Note the Thai rice, shrimp and pork baked in an actual pineapple in the photo shown here... That was really tasty! At center is Xiujuan's legs of mutton and behind that a great plate of Indian Roti bread...!
Xiujuan took me out and introduced me to Cantonese style barbecue cuisine and the taste sensations were unbelievable! The dining usually begins after 21:30 and is either indoor open-side or al fresco with the modest wooden tables and plastic chairs arranged along the sidewalk... As the summery air of the Guangdong province night soothes you, sink your teeth into this outrageous fiesta for the senses...!
We usually began with the succulent strips of barbecued eggplant you see in the photo here, and then continued on to a plate of enormous South China Sea oysters, followed by beef satay and tangy zesty Cantonese chicken wings! And to drink with this magnificent feast, a Chinese Coca-Cola...
Xiujuan took me out to dine at her university cafeteria where they serve very cheap yet very tasty traditional Cantonese dim sum...! Someone brings a cart to the table with various dishes to choose from and then they cook it and bring it to you... I wasn't too excited about the chicken feet, but there were some great dumplings... And of course, we can't forget the sticky rice!
The Greenery Cafe is a Chinese restaurant chain of which there are multiple locations in Guangzhou. This review concerns the location on Jiaochang Xilu, across the street from China Plaza. Located in an underground shopping center, this Greenery Cafe is notable for its many huge reproductions of Salvador Dali masterpieces which line the walls, among them, "The Persistence of Memory", "The Temptation of St. Anthony", "Suburbs of a Paranoiac-Critical Town", and, most auspiciously, "The Great Masturbator" (pictured here). The food at this restaurant is an eclectic mix of Asian and Western cuisines, including steaks, soups, curries, vegetarian options, and a diverse selection of desserts. Service is reasonable as are prices. The overall ambience is quite good, with low key lighting in most tables and booths. Menus are in Chinese and English.
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