Though Shenzhen’s popular Sichuanese restaurant used to be in a rustic multi-storey venue but has moved to a shopping mall basement, that hasn’t taken away from its legendary quality. Dishes range from the mild to the tongue-numbing, and queues on weekends can be long.
Specialising in Chiu Chow dishes, the menu at this elegant eatery is extensive, with over 100 choices for dim sum. With choices ranging from the local to the international, this restaurant in The Ritz-Carlton Hotel also offers the best of spicy Sichian cuisine in a stylish setting.
For those craving a good, home-cooked meal to offset the homesick blues, The Kitchen rustles up great western dishes at affordable prices and is a bit of a magnet for expats in the area drawn by the no-frills, intimate establishment. Located in nightlife hub Coco Park, The Kitchen is known for its great service, quality food and fun vibe. With a diverse menu that includes pizzas, burgers and even Tex Mex, it’s hidden behind a couple of bars and can get a bit noisy but is well worth a visit.
144 Min Tian Road, FUTIAN, CoCo Park Entertainment District, Shenzhen, China, +86 755 2531 3860
A stalwart restaurant in Shenzhen’s Seaworld entertainment complex, BAIA boasts quality fare from the Mediterranean in a comfortable but sophisticated venue. Expats cite it as a great place to grab a burger and commend its diverse range of tipples – the space doubles as a bar and grill. With outdoor seating available, a dinner here can make for a classy evening out.
B301, Sea World, 8 Wanghai Road, Shenzhen, China, +86 755 2681 8836
Part of a chain of popular and very affordable hotpot restaurants across China, Shenzhen’s HaidiLao is a great place to enjoy the convivial charms of traditional hotpot, a spicy dish that’s especially popular in winter. With legendary customer service, freshly made noodles and complimentary snacks throughout the evening, this beloved joint is worth prebooking if you want to go at peak times.
5-6/F, Youyicheng, 63 Youyi Road, Luohu District, Shenzhen, China, +86 755 8225 0991
Another convival place to eat that feels homely and serves up non-local fare, this family-run restaurant is modelled after American crab shacks and is popular among expats wanting a taste of home in a welcoming and vibrant space in old Shekou. Doubling as a bar, its has daily beer and wine specials to complement its seafood and pizza dishes. Regulars commend the large portions, with its crab cake coming particularly highly recommended.
18 Shi Yun Road, Shekou Shenzhen, Shenzhen, China, +86 755 8827 8002