Here’s a short list of restaurants in Wuhan which have been tested by local expats. It’s a very small list so far, and I know you’ll be screaming “Why didn’t they put up such & such?!!”, but the list is ongoing and we always welcome recommendations (which we will then go and try) 🙂
Chango – Vegetarian restaurant located in the New World Mall (3rd Floor), 556th Jianshe Rd 建设大道新世界百货国贸一楼建设大道566号新世界百货3层. Call 027-85267319
Xiao Bèiké 小贝壳 – Also called the Petite Coquille Restaurant. This stylish restaurant, with lovely tree-shaded terrace seating, offers an excellent range of pan-Chinese cuisine, with dishes from Húběi, Sìchuān and Chóngqìng. It also does a number of fish dishes, including braised catfish and delicious scallops. There’s no English sign; it’s in the yellow building on the corner of Dongting Jie and Cai’e Lu (蔡锷路). It has an English menu with photos. 126 Dongting Jie, Hankou 洞庭街129号. Call 027-82844071 / 027-82832846.
Cao Jing Jing Instant Boiled Mutton – 草菁菁- Don’t be put off but the rather drab name – this is one of the yummiest hot pot places I’ve tasted. Served in individual pots they have a large selection of broths (there is a fantastic mushroom one!) Located on Xibeihu Lu in the alley next to Starbucks – Huayuan Dao B115/ 西北湖路花园道B115 (about 5 mins from Brussels Beer Garden) Open 11.30am -2pm & 5pm-9pm. Call 027-85807788
Miao Yu You Xiang Cha Can Ting – 秒語悠香茶餐廳- Cosy clean restaurant with Tibetan paraphernalia. Popular dishes here are their fried river fish, tofu pot, tomato & beef and pork with sugar. Menu is in Chinese and English. Located on Tianjin Road- just near the exit of the channel tunnel/ 江岸天津路7号(天津路隧道出口旁) – also just in front of Javair Bar. Phone 027-82771879.
Lao Cun Zhang (Si Mu Cai), 老村長私幕菜 -This is a great chain of restaurants which serve Hubei & Hunan food. Shops are nicely decorated and reasonably priced. No English menu but lots of pictures. Four people dining – 6 dishes + beer (not the most expensive dishes) – total around 250 RMB. Opening hours 11am -2.30pm and 5pm -8.30pm. There is one a couple of minutes’ walk from Wuhan Tiandi on Shengli Jie No.308/ 江岸区胜利街308号. Phone 027-82727676.
Someplace Special in Hankou:
Perfect South – Perfect restaurant to impress your friends or visiting colleagues! Fancy local cuisine. Don’t forget to try their bamboo shoots and duck. Have both private rooms and a general dining area. Go early as reservations not possible in main area. Opens at 17.30. Located at 214 Yanjiang Dadao/沿江大道214号. Phone 18627177377.
Li Li Zhou – 莉莉周花園餐廳 – Located in the former Japanese Concession, this restaurant retains the atmosphere of the colonial era. Rooms are cosy & decorated with old fashion memorabilia. Specializes in Guangdong, Hubei & Fujian dishes. Menu only in Chinese and no pictures – so best invite a Chinese speaker 🙂 Call 027-82718271. Address: 256 Shengli Rd, Hankou/ 汉口市胜利街256号 (15mins walk from Tiandi). Open 9am-2pm & 4pm-9pm.
Breakfast Alley – 户部巷小吃一条街 Well, you can’t get more local than this place. Fantastic to take visitors to. Sample the local delights of rè gān miàn (热干面/hot dry noodles) doupi (rice cake with mince and veges) jiao zi (dumplings) and liang mian (cold noodles). Located inside Simenkou Ziyou Lu, off Wuchang Jiefang Lu / 武汉市武昌区武昌解放路司门口自由路内.
Someplace Special in Wuchang:
ZuiXiangLong – 醉香隆- This is another nice place to take visiting guests. Situated on a section of East Lake, you can choose seating surrounding the water, or pick one of the premium tables located on the water – which have a minimum charge. Located on the left side street 300m past the entrance to the Japanese Garden at Moshan, East Lake/东湖磨山桥梁村(值物园西行300米) Call 1323716777.
“QingChuanGe”, Wuchang – 晴川阁. Ok some might say it’s not exactly “The Bund” River Cruise – but it’s still a nice night out! Grab some mates, pack a chilly bin of drinks & check out this Night River Cruise. Price is 150rmb/adult, under 1.3m = 80 rmb. Buffet is a bit of a mix – described as Western & Chinese – but it leans more towards the Chinese style. Arrive between 18.00 -18.30hrs and eat first, then the boat leaves at 19.10 and goes up and down the Yangtze (between Bridges 1 & 2) until 20.40. Large open-air area upstairs with karaoke! Address: Linjiang Road, Wuchang (about 5 mins drive from The Westin towards Bridge No.1)/武昌 临江大道. Reservations 027—88109920. Website: http://www.whljyl.com/[/expand]