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14 Ban Chang Hu Tong (Nan Luo Gu Xiang)
(86) 010-6400-3736 | www.yanclub.com
HOURSDaily: 10:30am-2:00pm, 5:30pm-11:30pm
BEST FORLunch; dinner
PRICE (SET MENU)RMB 150-300
FAMOUS PLATESSet menu (changes every two weeks)
DRINKS AND WINEShort, carefully curated wine list
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes
On a quiet hutong off of buzzing café-and-boutique hub Nan Luo Gu Xiang, the ever-revitalizing Source offers world-weary urbanites a tranquil, atmospheric retreat and indulgent sustenance via a gourmet Sichuanese set menu. The space is an immaculately restored Qing Dynasty mansion where elegant original features like delicate latticed window frames are complemented by period antiques, hand-woven carpets, and vintage recordings of Peking Opera. A lush interior courtyard holds ancient pomegranate and date trees planted centuries ago to auspiciously align the building’s feng shui–judging by the calming loveliness of the surrounds, they’ve served their purpose.
A well-heeled mix of expats looking for some upscale local color, funky creative types pulled in by the well-connected artist-owner, and discerning local foodies.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
It’s surprisingly casual for such a swish restaurant, though some business diners wear suits. If just here for pleasure, we’d wear tailored jeans, flats, and a low-key sophisticated top with equally stylish jewelry.
GO HERE WITH
A date; friends; family; clients or colleagues
WHY WE LIKE IT
The courtyard surrounds are utterly charming–we especially love dining alfresco under the trees on warm summer evenings. The friendly but never overbearing service is also a joy.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The food could stand a bit more effort; it’s good, but nowhere near as lovely and memorable as the surrounds. Also, the below-zero temps in the loo can be a not-so-nice icy surprise in the winter.
GOOD TO KNOW
Although the Sichuan dishes on the menu are super spicy, you can ask the chef to tone them down. If you’re interested in the history of the building, this was once the home of a Qing Dynasty general nicknamed “the Great Wall of China” for his military prowess. More recently, the name of the restaurant was selected by famous Chinese writer Jin Yong (you can find a wooden tablet explaining the details just inside the restaurant). Source is affiliated with the Yan Club Arts Center, a gallery and performance art space in the 798 Art District. International credit cards are accepted.
Dali Courtyard (Beijing)
Read more about Source in The Diary
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