Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Beijing Restaurant Luogu

drum&gong-1About 200 meters north from the Dianmen Dongdajie entrance to Nanluoguxiang, the Luogu Fusion restaurant is a favorite haunt of tourists, expats and locals. Serving up good value Asian fusion cuisine with an emphasis on Sichuan (spicy) flavors, Luogu’s dishes are prepared with local ingredients, and are sometimes combined with Western cooking techniques to give surprisingly tasty results (check out the gongbao jiding pizza).

Since one of the owners of Luogu is a long-term English expat, the restaurant has a very laowai-friendly environment, with a fully bilingual menu (plus some French) and friendly, helpful waiting staff that can all speak at least a little English. Dishes are also rated in the menu according to their spiciness. Perennial favorites include the steamed grass carp (36 RMB), stir fried beef with vegetables (32 RMB), chicken curry (34 RMB), and special Yunnan mushrooms (26 RMB).

One of Luogu’s best features is its cozy second floor terrace, which really comes into its own in the spring and summer. Start off with a couple of al fresco iced Tsingtao beers, and then sample some great Chinese food overlooking distinctive tiled rooftops and a bustling street scene below. When the weather’s warm reservations are recommended, especially on Fridays and over the weekend.

Address: 104 Nanluoguxiang
Tel: 8402 4729
Hours: 10am - 12pm
Price: 100-150 RMB (2 people)
www.luogu.net

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