Hangzhou, one of the most beautiful places in China, is an old city filled with historic and scenic spots. It also has lots of fine restaurants offering traditional Hang cuisine, as well as innovative Western-style dishes. Here is our list of the 9 best restaurants in the city.
Restaurant, Chinese, Fusion
Located in a hotel near to the Xihu (West Lake), Le Restaurant is a elegant restaurant offering Western-style food, such as pizza, salad, steak, and pasta. Their various pizzas are delicious, the ingredients are fresh and the chefs bake their pizzas in a masonry oven, which makes the pizzas really crispy and flavoursome. You can dine on their awesome terrace and enjoy a spectacular view of the mountains.
Being named as one of the Asia’s top 50 restaurants for three years running, Hyatt 28 is definitely one of the best places in Hangzhou for you to have very fine and traditional Hang dishes. They are famous for the Dongpo pork pyramid, a delicious dish made of juicy pork belly which requires great knife skills, as the pork should be sliced thinly so as to form a pyramid shape. But you can feel free to pick any dish you like at the restaurant as most of their dishes are just fabulous and flavourful.
Sawasdee Thai Restaurant
Sawasdee Thai Restaurant is comfortable, like a lovely resort in Thailand. They serve a wide variety of genuine Thai dishes, such as tom yum, green mango salad, as well as different types of curry. They also provide traditional Thai-style drinks, and you should not miss their imported coconut, a perfect complement to the sour and spicy Thai cuisine. The staff are nice and welcoming and though some of them are Thai, they do speak fluent English and Chinese.
Gui Yu Shan Room Fine Dining
Gui Yu Shan Room Fine Dining uses ‘gui’, sweet olive, as a main theme; therefore, you will be able to see this flower and smell its refreshing scent everywhere in the restaurant. Their dishes are petite and delicate, while tasting very delicious and appetizing. The environment is equally fabulous as well, with yixing clay teapots, wooden furniture, and elegant Chinese paintings used to decorate the dining area.
Situated in the luxurious 5-star Four Seasons Hotel, Jin Sha is a fabulous restaurant serving Eastern, Western and fusion cuisine. Their hazelnut goose liver paté with a spring onion pancake, and the roasted black truffle and cauliflower, are just amazing. They offer a list of Chinese teas as well, try jin jun mei or aroma fenghuang dancing which are wonderful types of tea grown above 1,400 meters high in the mountains.
Mr. King Restaurant & Lounge
Looking like an old English factory, Mr. King Restaurant & Lounge serves a wide range of Asian and Western food. Their food is fresh and savoury, while their cocktails are colourful and attractive. This is a place that you can definitely drop in for a drink in the evening. It is also noteworthy that this English-style restaurant does offer traditional English afternoon tea with lovely scones, cakes, cookies, as well as great English teas.
Zhi Wei Guan
Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
Founded in 1913, Zhi Wei Guan is a Hang restaurant with a long history, providing delicate dim sums, snacks, and desserts. Besides petite dishes, they also offer traditional Hang dishes, such as Xihu fish in vinegar gravy and beggar’s chicken. The interior is cosy and you can feel free to have your food on the second storey with lovely lake scenery and gentle breeze.
Located next to the beautiful West Lake, Grandma’s Home (formerly The Grandma’s) is a very popular restaurant serving orthodox Hang cuisine, aiming to bring out the natural flavour and freshness of ingredients. Grandma’s Home offers plentiful dishes, including Dongpo braised pork belly, Xihu fish in vinegar gravy, and tea scented chicken. Besides their great food, the environment is also elegant and comfortable. If diners sit by the windows, they will be able to appreciate the lovely scenery of the West Lake.
Hai Dao. Shen Hai Liao Li (Hai Dao. Abyssal Sea Ryori)
Hai Dao. Shen Hai Liao Li is a beautifully decorated Japanese restaurant serving traditional Japanese ryori (cuisine), including fresh sashimi, sushi, udon, and snacks. The most popular dish is their curry king crab, which is a giant crab with juicy meat and savoury crab roe. Their various drinks are also great, such as cranberry soda and pineapple soda, being perfect to complement their fresh Japanese dishes.