In Camelia hotel you have two restaurants: at first floor and at the lobby, which is also a bar.
I tried to go to the restaurant at first floor but no way, noone could understand a word of what I said, so I decided to try the one at the lobby and there, things were better.
The restaurant was good, but, as in the rest of Yunnan, you'll have troubles if, like me, you cannot eat spicy, infact even when they are sure the dish is not spicy it's easy to find there pepper, usually I have been lucky with springrolls, here and in other restaurant I didn't find them to be spicy.
Favorite Dish: Springrolls, I am not sure if they were that good, but at least they were not spicy.
When walking around in the Green Lake Parc, and spending some hours there, you can have a simple lunch in one of the pavilions at the back site of this parc. On the first floor, there is even a terrasse, on which you have a splendid view all over the lake.
Simple menu card and really not expensive. I don't remerber the name, but have a look on the annex photo.
As far as I know the only restaurant in Kunming that bakes their pizza's in a wood-fired oven.
Very tasty stuff!
But more amazing is the wide variety of dishes. The menu is so extensive that it can be hard to make a choice: it varies from Italian, western and Mexican food to Chinese and Indian.
The restaurant itself is built around an open courtyard, three stories high and has a very pleasant relaxed atmosphere about it. It used to be the officers-mess of the flying tigers once, which explains all the flying tiger pictures in the poolroom.
They also have about the biggest library/book-exchange I've ever seen in China, free wifi internet (which I'm now using) and a children play-pen upstairs
Favorite Dish: Although their pizza's are really good (especially the Italian ones, with the thin crusty base) I most enjoyed their Indian food, the chicken tikka masala and the lamb vindaloo. Very authentic! The only thing I didn't really care for was the dal, which was a bit too bland for my taste. The chapatis and nan are good too though.
There's a cafe which serves great food at the intersection of Dong Feng Dong Lu and Bai Ta Lu, about 300 meters away from Camelia hotel (turn right from the hotel).
I love the tuna sandwich especially, served with fries - huge serving
Price of food - about average.
They offer free internet service. Limited surfing time.
I had the noodles at this restaurant during lunch.
I won't go into the history for the name....
You get a bowl of noodle, a separate steaming hot bowl of soup and the raw ingredients (meat, some vegetables).
The raw ingredients are mixed into the bowl of hot steaming soup, and then poured over the noodles.
Get a bottle of beer to accompany the noodles. ;-)
Damage - RMB 25 (Sept 05 - beer + noodle)
This veg is not known anywhere outside Yunnan, according to my limited experience.
I have no idea exactly what it is.
You can also get it in the supermarkets like Walmart or Carrefour and cook it yourself.
A simple stir-fry with some dried chilli is good enough to bring out the full aroma of this vege.
Favorite Dish: Stir-fry Li2 Hao1
This is part of a small chain of restaurants in China. There are a couple in Beijing, one in Tibet and this one in Kunming. The owners have really done an exceptional job of creating the look and feel of tibet in their out of the way restaurant.
Everything in the restaurant has been bought in Tibet and brought to Kunming.
Being the first time I have ever tasted Tibetian food, I have no way to say whether it is authentic or not... but the taste was great. I really enjoyed the BBQ flavours. I have been told the restaurant also has Indian food, though I have not verified this.
The restaurant hosts a miriad of traditional Tibetian dances and singing performances while you eat your meal. Definately worth trying out if you are interested in a bit of Tibetian culture, but don't plan to make the trip across the border.
This is an all you can eat Chinese Hot-Pot restaurant where you can also drink all you like. The cost is 28RMB and they brew their own beer in a small micro-brewery out back. The manager David is a great guy who often stops to chat with people who come in.
They were taught to make the beer by a German brewer and make three varieties.. the Red Beer (which is not included) and the Yellow Beer (which is) are my favourites.
The food is also great. They give everyone individual hot pots so that people can choose a soup to suit their tastes. then you simply go to the buffet and choose the most appealling food.. Eat til you are stuffed and drink til your dizzy!!
One great thing about the buffet concept is that I don't need to be able to read Chinese or know the word for something or other in order to order it.. Too often in China I find my choice of food is limited to my knowledge of the language.
Absolutely fantastic place!! A must for any beer lover or anyone who likes a good hotpot. It also gives you the opportunity to try a wide range of the hot pot ingredients that I wouldn't normally be brave enough to order.
Favorite Dish: Make sure you get a dipping sauce from the buffet.. They are increadible! The company has collected the different sauces from all over China and they can give the hot pot that extra something that most of them seem to lack.
The cafe is amazingly decorated inside and the food is exceptional. I know that a lot of people comment that while in China, eat like the Chinese, but when you have been up here for a while and you are REALLY craving a good western meal.. this is the place to go.
They have free wireless internet (as do most most of the cafe's in this area) and they make a great cup of coffee or a milkshake.
Around China it is hard to find good bread (note: Carreforre is french and has great french sticks), so when I had the toasted sandwiches in the Prague I was sold. Most cost around the 10RMB mark.
They play a pretty strange mix of music.. I've heard them play some of the best jazz (CD not live) and other times play "Tie me kangaroo down" and "Greensleeves". I think the evening staff like to create the jazz mood though.
The Brothers Jiang is a chain of restaurants mainly in the Yunnan Province, but also spreading throughout China (Beijing, Chengdu, Xi'an). This restaurant was the first Brothers Jiang that I had been to, and Echo introduced me to Over the Bridge Noodles. The food came quickly and efficiently, and the restaurant's 3 levels were packed. Sometimes as I walk by this particular restaurant, people are queued up to order, pay and get in, as well as for the separate take-away window. There are some little bridges to walk over, to give it its theme, and all of the windows and shutters are kept open, which is handy when you are not used to the hot spices. The prices are Yuan 6, 10,20,30, 40, and up to 80 per person, depending on which ingredients you want, and you pay at the window before you enter the restaurant. Diet Coke is not available. It is a bit of "conveyer belt style eating", but nevertheless, very nice!
Favorite Dish: Over the Bridge Noodles consists of a large bowl of hot chicken soup with rice noodles already added, served at 92C. To this is added all the ingredients, step by step from their individual litlle bowls or dishes. Firstly the meat (thinly sliced pork, chicken) is added, followed by the raw egg, vegetables, fried meat, cashew nuts, and assorted condiments. Then stir this with your chopsticks, add some chilli, and enjoy!
Favorite Dish: The famous dish is the "Over the Brigde Noodles". It is filled with about 10 or 15 different things. Some veg, meats, fish, toufu, breading (?). I don't know. Most of it tasted good and it not to expensive (12Y).
Wei's has some Italian, Swiss, Mexican, Chinese, and Dutch food. Most everything I had was good. Mexican is a bit odd (Brocolli on corn chips?), but good for China. It is best known for Pizza's of course, but sandwhiches and noodle dishes were fine.
Favorite Dish: As a special touch for a beer you get a chilled mug to drink from.
This is not really food on a stick, but more like food in a stick.
Zhu Tong Fan is rice steamed a bamboo stalk, A traditional Bai minority group food. Rice mix with some nuts of some sort and steam inside the shoot.
People seemed to ignore
cotton candy man and preferred Zhu Tong Fan.Like just about anything in China, you can be purchase off the back of a bike. I had not seen to many of these Zhu Tong Fan venders around.
They were selling for 1 RMB a shoot, but before you could eat your Zhu Tong Fan, the vender would have to break it open with a hammer to expose the steamed rice. Because it is cooked under pressure the rise in compacted and more like a chewy paste
Favorite Dish: The only item on the menu!
This should be more in the warning page than the restaurants. But being year of the Rooster I went to KFC to eat my new years day lunch (along with a few thousand other chicken eaters)
The wait was long, and the food was bad. 21 RMB #5 combo got me a chicken sandwich, soggy fries, 2 dried out wings and a flat Pepsi., plus there was no extra charge for being pushed and shoved while waiting in line.
If you cam to China, eat Chinese food!
Favorite Dish: Nothing
Eating here is like Peeing in you pants, feels good at first, the you realize you made a mistake and are a fool
It is not really what I call a restaurant, but there I don't know what category it fall under.
But you can't go wrong with fresh pop corn, popped as you wait on the back of a bicycle. for about 1 RMB (prices very from location and vendor)
Favorite Dish: Well, all they have is pop corn.