NORTH OF THE CENTRE
18Garden 十八茶院 , shíbā cháyuàn 18 Banchang Hutong 010 64060918; Nanluoguxiang
but truly beautiful courtyard venue, with mint-coloured bead curtains hanging from every
ledge. The food is a seemingly unwieldy fusion of Italian and Japanese cuisine ( ￥ 50-80),
though it's all done very well indeed. They also serve a large range of tea and Japanese alco-
hol. Daily 11am-7pm.
tucked away inside a hutong and actually quite easy to miss. There are a variety of places to
sit, from the bar-like room by the entrance to the floor-cushions abutting the courtyard; dishes
start at ￥ 45, with the house chicken and tofu particularly recommended. Daily 10am-11pm.
Dali Courtyard 大理院子 , dàlǐ yuànzi 67 Xiaojingchang Hutong 010 84041430; Beixin-
menu - you simply turn up, pay the fixed price ( ￥ 128, or ￥ 200 for a few extra dishes), then
the chef gives you whatever Yunnanese food he feels like cooking; dishes are generally rice-
based, and all sets will have a fish dish. Call to reserve. Daily noon-2.30pm & 6-10.30pm.
Drum and Gong 锣鼓洞天 , luógǔ dòngtiān 104 Nanluogu Xiang 010 84024729; Nan-
busy place serves big portions of cheap Sichuan and home-style food. Most dishes are in the
￥ 20-45 range. Daily 10am-midnight.
HutongPizza 胡同批萨 , hútóng pīsà 9 Yindingqiao Hutong 010 83228916; Beihai North
though at over ￥ 100 each they're a bit pricey. It's hidden away in an alley; follow the signs
from the bridge over the lakes. Daily 11am-11pm.
Kaorouji 烤肉季 , kǎoròujì 14 Qianhai Dongyuan 010 64045921; Beihai North or Nan-
ily for 150 years, takes advantage of its location with big windows and, in summer, balcony
tables. The beef and barbecued lamb dishes are recommended. You'll spend around ￥ 100 a
head. Daily 11am-2pm & 5-11pm.
a smart upstairs bar-restaurant. Try the steamed garlic prawns and battered squid, and finish
with super-strong Vietnamese coffee if you don't intend to sleep in the near future. You'll
spend upwards of ￥ 100 per head. Don't miss the extraordinary tropical fantasy toilets. Daily
11am-2pm & 5.30-10.30pm.