5 Gongyuan Toutiao, Jianguomen Inner Avenue, Dongcheng District, Beijing
- Recommended for:
- Backpackers / Students, Foodies, Seasoned travellers, People watching
Expert review of Chuan Ban
Utilitarian décor, forgettable service and a canteen ambience – Chuan Ban is a throwback to what restaurants in Beijing used to be like. The big difference? It’s attached to the Sichuan Provincial Government Office and so boasts some of the most deliciously, authentically spicy fare in town.
Heavy on oil, chillis and mouth-numbing Sichuan peppercorns, Sichuan food is a firm favourite with red-faced Beijing diners. Restaurants of varying quality can be found all over town, but the fare here – including ‘tingle-pepper chicken’ and the much-loved shuizhuyu (fish boiled in a spicy, oily broth) – stands apart for its authentic flavour and use of imported ingredients.
All the atmosphere of a busy train station waiting room, but that’s half the fun. You’ll doubtless have to queue during busy times, but it moves fairly quickly.
With so many mouths to feed, the harassed servers perform miracles, but rarely break a smile.
An unremarkable spot fairly close to Jianguomen subway station (Line 2).
Cheap, cheap, cheap. Expect to pay less than RMB 60 a head if eating in a group (recommended).
More information on Chuan Ban:
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- 5 Gongyuan Toutiao, Jianguomen Inner Avenue, Dongcheng District, Beijing
- +86 10 6512 2277 ext 6101
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Mon-Fri 7-9am, 10.50am-2pm, 4.50-9.30pm; Sat-Sun 7am-10pm
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Not possible
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