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) 🙂
Breakfast Alley, Wuchang – 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.
CaoJingJing Instant Boiled Mutton, Hankou – 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
MiaoYuYouXiangChaCanTing, Hankou – 秒語悠香茶餐廳- Cozy 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.
LaoCunZhang (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.
Perfect South, Hankou. 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.
ZuiXiangLong, Wuchang – 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.
Li Li Zhou, Hankou – 莉莉周花園餐廳 – Located in the former Japanese Concession, this restaurant retains the atmosphere of the colonial era. Rooms are cozy & 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.
“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/
Aloha Diner, Hanyang – Specializes in American, Hawaiian and Mexican dishes – hamburger buns, tortilla wraps and real meat patties all made on the premises. Large portions so bring an empty stomach! Open Tues – Sun 12-2pm and 5-8.30pm. Closed Mondays. Located on French Street No.29, Golden Harbor, Hanyang/ 汉阳金色港湾法国街29号.Check out www.aloha-china.com. Phone 84475816.
Grange, Wuchang– Grange specializes in grilled meats including Australian Wagyu beef, Angus Grain Fed & Tomahawk beef, Lamb chops plus seafood and vegetarian options. Located in The Westin Wuhan Wuchang, No. 96, Linjiang Road, Wuchang/武昌区 临江大道 96号 -武汉万达威斯汀酒店. Open Mon – Sat 5:30pm – 10pm. Closed Sunday. Reservations 027-88168888.
Damiano, Wuchang – Italian restaurant situated in the PuYu Hotel not far from Optics Valley. They serve excellent Italian dishes in an intimite atmosphere. Here you can share typical italian dishes, flatbread as their version of pizza and very good antipasti with your friends & family. Located on the corner of LuoyuLu / GuangguDadao, open 5:30pm-10:30pm Tuesday to Saturday. 璞瑜酒店 中国湖北省武汉市洪山区 珞喻路 1077 号
The Steak Hut, Hankou – Specializes in grilled NZ Lamb Chops, Australian Sirloin, Rib Eye and Tenderloin. Vegetarian and fish options also available. Located in Jin Jiang International Hotel No. 707 Jianshe Avenue, Hankou – 江岸区建设大道,建设大道707号. Opens between 6:00pm to 10:00pm daily. Reservations 027-85786888 ext. 6206.
Nishan/Tateyama, Hankou -Tasty Japanese restaurant. Located Xi Bei Hu Lu (just opposite Brussels Beer Garden)/汉口西北湖路. Large selection of dishes -sushi, sashimi, okonomiyaki, tempura, teppanyaki, ramen. Open 10.30am – 2pm & 4.30pm – 11pm. Call 027-84710020
Cafe Figaro, Hanyang– French/Italian cafe that is recommended for its snails, steak and salmon. Also serves pizza, pasta and salads. Open 9.30am-11pm daily. Phone 027-84210992. Located on Ningkang Lu, Zhuankou, Hanyang/武汉经济技术开发区沌口-宁康路73# 费加罗咖啡厅. Check out their menu and map online –http://figaro.net.cn/
Cafe Marco, Hankou – Located inside Marco Polo Hotel. Apart from their rather fancy Asian & International buffet, they have a great a la carte menu, with the famous dish being their Fish’n’Chips (seriously, their chef is renown within the Marco Polo group for his version of this dish!). Open 06:30 – 23:00hrs – breakfast, lunch and dinner. Located at 159 Yanjiang Avenue, JiangAn/ 江岸区汉口沿江大道159 号武汉时代广场. Reservations 027-8277-8888