It is a great place to eat if you are a hungry expat longing for a decent western meal. I recommend the steak fajitas, best in China.
9, First Ring Road South, Section 1, Lower Level, Chengdu
+86 138 8178 2604
Yang Yang's is one of Chengdu's hottest local restaurants; visited by locals and ex-pats alike. If you arrive late for lunch or dinner expect to have to wait for a table.
For purveyors of Chinese cuisine this restaurant fits into the "dirty delicious" category. For those who don't know, dirty delicious is a category of local restaurant that would not meet Western standards of hygiene, but whose food is outstanding. Notable dishes on the menu include tie ban qie zi, and tie ban tu dou si.
English menu: yes
English speaking staff: no
Walking directions: From the American Consulate on Ling Shi Guan Rd. head east to the next intersection, turn left (north) at the WoWo 24 hour convenience store, continue walking for about 100 meters and it is on the right hand corner.
Google map: tinyurl.com/yaexwgn
World class Sichuan cuisine by
Chef Liao He Yi & his team in the five-star German-run Kempinski Hotel.
No visit to Chengdu and Sichuan would be complete without a visit to Shuxiangge. Try some of the very famous local dishes: Mapo Toufu, Lai Dumpling, and Han Steamed Bun.
Kempinski Hotel Chengdu
42 Ren Min Nan Lu, 4th Section,
Chengdu 610041 Sichuan Province
People's Republic of China
Phone: 86 + 28 + 85269999
Bernhard Kern 86+13350056464
(speaks fluent English & German)
Peter's has quickly become a favourite haunt of not only Chengdu's expat community, but also the locals looking for some home cooking Texas-style.
Open every day: 7.30am – 11.00pm
Stop in to get a few (covered in frosting) home baked cinnamon rolls wrapped up for a few days' supply at only 6RMB each (0.60 Euro).
No. 117 Ke Hua Bei Lu,
Chengdu. Sichuan China
(Nearby Sichuan University west gate)
Phone: 86 + 28 + 85227965
No. 12 Tong Zi Lin Dong Lu,
Chengdu. Sichuan China
(Near South Section 3, 2nd Ring Road)
Phone: 86 + 28 + 85180903
The well-established Shamrock (Irish) Bar is something of a landmark meeting place for Chengdu expats and locals. Up to 150 people per night roll up for music and fun on a Friday or Saturday evening. There is a free pool table, as well as live international sport (such as Aussie Rules, cricket, rugby, and soccer) televised on several screens throughout the bar area. The beer garden out front provides an excellent alternative for those who wish to generally chat.
Every Day: 10.00am – 3.00am
BAR FOOD SPECIALTY:
Pub grub includes the popular Shamrock burger and chips. Add lettuce, tomato, cheese, egg and / or bacon to your own liking. There is no shortage of ketchup (tomato sauce) to otherwise smother hot potato chips, wedges or onion rings. This can be washed down with a variety of local and imported beverages including Irish draught Guinness beer.
Thursday Solo singer
Friday DJ dance
Saturday Live bands
Sunday Solo singer
No.15 Renmin Nan Lu, Section 4,
(Around corner from USA consulate)
Shamrock Chengdu Forums:
Home base of the GoWest Club (free membership) - launched by western China's pioneering magazine for culture and nature. Cafe Del Mar's elegant and tasteful decor provides a friendly and affordable place for expats, tourists and local white-collars to interact and better understand Chinese culture through creative, literary, recreational and social activities.
Delightful indoor and outdoor areas with attentive English-speaking staff. Customers are welcome to add to the already international menu (e.g. American, Australian, British, Chinese, French, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish).
Situated at 2nd Floor Jinjiang Library Building No # 45 Hendingzi Street (Corner Jinxing Road) Chengdu. Sichuan Province. People's Republic China - Enter via front or rear of library building
PHONE: 86+28+86663593 (Ask for Amy)
Four-star, central, very clean, business rooms (£40) have free internet access. Restaurant does weird western food if you can't face Chinese for the 17th night in a row. I had fish fingers and chips with a blob of jam and my partner had mushrooms on toast with a little pool of lemon curd. Gorgeous.
No.55, Section 2, Ren Min Nan Ave, Chengdu, Sichuan 610016.
Classic Sichuan (and Chongqing, where hot pot is even spicier) food. Large bowl of soup/sauce in the middle of the table, perched on a gas hob/burner. Most often the metal bowl has a barrier vertically across the middle, so that a red, spicier soup is in one half, and a white, less spicy soup is in the other. Fans of the spicy half and the less spicy half can dine together, and of course you can mix and match.
Your group orders food, which is brought to you so you can decide what to put into the bubbling soup. Sliced pork and beef, vegetables, doufu, and mushrooms are all standard fare, and you can also get kidneys, liver and many other body parts for the soup. A very sociable way of eating.
Some places do a 'buffet' deal where you pay one price per person (rather than paying for the food you order), and you stroll up to the buffet table to get the food bits - good for your first hot pot, and this overcomes ordering problems. The buffet deals are pricier, but usually include beer and red wine and soft drinks.
Hot pot (huo guo) restaurants are on almost every vaguely lively street. One town we were in had seven hot pot restaurants.
More detailed guide on www.randomstuff.biz in the Eat section of Chengdu.
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