, Zhongshan Lu. Mid-range,
strict vegetarian restaurant, with dumpling
house downstairs and menu-dining above. It's
extremely good - the gluten and bean curd
"roast pork" is perfect from the
taste to the texture - though the meat
imitations are not as fine as the
"fish" or pure vegetable dishes.
Five Rams , southeast corner of the
Renmin Lu-Zhongshan Lu crossroads. The city's
biggest Muslim restaurant, with the menu
touting some strange items such as T-bone
steaks, satays and Portuguese chicken. Also
good local-style hotpots, roast duck, lemon
chicken and spicy lamb, with a cheaper canteen
downstairs. Always fills up by late afternoon.
Inexpensive to moderately priced.
Guangxiao Si , Jinghui Lu. There's a
whole vegetarian restaurant complex
immediately west of Guangxiao Si, with
inexpensive, straightforward vegetable, gluten
and bean curd dishes on display canteen-style
for you to point and choose.
Guangzhou , corner of Wenchang Nan
Lu and Xiajiu Lu (tel 81380388); another
branch next to Xiuyu Xi Lu metro stop in
Tianhe. The oldest, busiest and most famous
restaurant in the city, with entrance
calligraphy by the Qing emperor Kangxi and a
neon roof sign flashing "Eating in
Guangzhou". The menu is massive and worth
saving up for, and you won't find better
fragrant oil chicken or crisp-skinned pork
anywhere. There are three floors, prices
increasing with each level.
Lian Xiang Lou , Dishifu Lu.
Comfortable, mid-range place skilled at
preparing duck fried with lotus flowers.
Lucky Fellow Seafood , Longjin Dong
Lu. Incredibly popular, mid-range place, with
full range of Cantonese dishes and, of course,
Panxi , Longjin Xi Lu, Liwan Park (tel
81815955). Situated on the western edge of the
city, take bus #71 from the western end of
Liuersan Lu, or #74 from Dongfeng Xi Lu. A tea
house of poor repute in the 1940s, now serving
the finest dim sum selection in the
city, and some delicious afternoon fare such
as hibiscus crab slices.
Qingping Fandian , Baohua Lu. Famous
for its roast meats (which you can buy to take
away in front), you can join the masses eating
cheaply downstairs or eat in comfort above.
Ronghua Jiulou , Longjin Dong Lu.
Two restaurants: a cheap, rice-pot outlet on
the north side of the road, and a pricier, new
branch opposite offering everything from
standard Cantonese stir-fries to „500
banquets. No English menu, but they try hard
to help out.