China’s Sichuan province is home to one of the four famous Chinese cooking styles with food that is characterized as incredibly spicy. Check out these top 10 restaurants in the province which serve both traditional and non-traditional fare.
Named after their most famous dish, Long Chao Shou is a favorite among locals and tourists lucky enough to stumble upon this canteen-style venue. The noodle dishes and wide variety of dumplings here are also divine. This place is always brimming with customers, and the wait is well worth it. Adventurous tourists are able to find the chance to try local snake meat and skin here. Tourists seeking a simple Sichuan-style lunch will also be delighted, as the steamed buns and fresh ingredients are flavorful and moreish.
Comrade Chili is continually ranked as one of the best restaurants in Sichuan thanks to their combination of fresh ingredients and impeccable customer service. Visit the venue to try dishes such as sun-dried tofu and fried cheese. In the balmy Sichuan summers the venue offers a beautiful outdoor seating option in the heart of Chengdu. For travelers seeking a cozy spot which serves Sichuan plates with a modern twist, this joint is one that just can’t be missed.
No. 20 Ruiming Street, Wuhou District, Chengdu, China + 862885151339
Panda Libre’s Burritos is located at the intersection of Linshiguan Lu and Shenlong Jie in Cheng Du, Sichuan. In addition to the locally renowned build-your-own-burrito, this restaurant also offers fresh peach salsa and guacamole as well as aromatic cilantro and lime rice. Mexican food is difficult to find in China, but owners Zack and Mike have perfected the cuisine. This makes their venue a popular spot for those seeking a little spice during their lunch break. Take out is a popular option, as is dining in the well-lit, sophisticated and modern restaurant.
Red Beard Burgers prides itself on the American Red Label and Angus-cut beef used in every one of their burgers. Self-proclaimed burger lovers, the owners believe that basic, simple ingredients are the most important part of a well-made burger. The casual environment here encourages guests to relax and enjoy their American-style dishes. Despite the heavy focus on meat, one of the chefs is actually vegetarian, which means there is a plethora of veggie-friendly food options available here too. Opened in July 2014, it didn’t take long for this joint to become a firm favorite for Western food in Chengdu.
Anyone with a sweet tooth should be sure to check out this bright bakery. The founder of Johnny 5, Johnny, established his shop with the aim of providing a spot for customers to eat pastries, sip coffee and just hang out in Sichuan. His experiences in Seattle, Washington and Las Vegas are what he draws on to make both fabulous donuts and a vibrant venue for diners to enjoy. With both French and American-style pastries on the menu, as well as classics like the Boston Cream and original creations like the s’mores donut, what’s not to love?
Tongzilin Nan Lu #9, unit #14, Chengdu, China +13258235398
A reservation-only restaurant, Yu’s Family Kitchen is among the most famous food spots in Cheng Du. Serving everything, from Sichuan classics to luxury dishes like shark fin soup, a dinner at Yu’s is certain to be an unforgettable experience. The venue has exceptional dish presentation as well as an extensive menu. Named the most creative restaurant in China by CNN Travel, and featured on The Discovery Channel’s “Bizarre Foods” program, this popular destination is one travelers won’t want to miss.
No. 43 Zhai Xiang Zi Xiatongren Road, Chengdu, China +028 866691975