191 Lygon St, Carlton, VIC 3053
Named after one of the most famous streets in Beijing, known for its food stalls as well as being a bit of a tourist trap. This fully licensed restaurant on Lygon has a great location and set up but doesn't seem to attract the crowd like its namesake. It's also not very well known and given the prime location, this does not bode well for a restaurant. So, what is going on here?
Things to do nearby:: Lygon Street shops, the Museum and IMAX is very close by
The food is rather average Northern Chinese style which is probably why it doesn't have a huge crowd. In the menu, it also has a range of Southeast Asian dishes like Char Kway Teow, Singapore Noodles, Char Hor Fun! It totally baffled me but the dishes I saw being served had a distinctly Northern Chinese look, and combination of ingredients. I wonder why they have felt the need to offer the range instead of focusing on the dishes they do well.
I might go again ocassionally for lunch because it does have a nice set up but I will avoid the Southeast Asian dishes. It's a great place for a lunch meeting because of the bigger tables and the fact that it's not one of those really busy noisy student joints.
|Sorry about the blurry pic :(|
Wang Fu Jing is a place that's almost a must to visit when in Beijing. It's now a huge pedestrian mall with shops on either side, from the big brands to quirky local products. The street side stalls that serve up a huge range of local delicacies (some of which might be a bit challenging, such as starfish, scorpions and grasshoppers) is worth trying. Quite affordable mostly and you can eat as you walk along the streets or in the small bars. It is a buzzing street market and my recommendation is to go at night.
The one thing worth noting is to be very careful about 'friendly con-artists' who pose as students wanting to practice their English and taking you to a bar for tea and then - you will be surprised how much a pot of tea could get up to. Just hang on to your enthusiasm about meeting local strangers and you should be fine.