Chuan Ban

Price guide: Budget

5 Gongyuan Toutiao, Jianguomen Inner Avenue, Dongcheng District, Beijing

Price guide: Budget

Dandan noodles

By Tom O'Malley, your Beijing expert

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#6 of 30
expert-rated restaurants in Beijing
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.7
4.7
Ambience:
4.2
4.2
Service:
3.9
3.9
Location:
3.9
3.9
Value for money:
4.7
4.7
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Foodies, Seasoned travellers, People watching

Expert review of Chuan Ban

Authentic, mouth-numbing Sichuan cuisine served up Chinese government style.

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.

Food and drink: 

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.

Ambience: 

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.

Service: 

With so many mouths to feed, the harassed servers perform miracles, but rarely break a smile.

Location: 

An unremarkable spot fairly close to Jianguomen subway station (Line 2).

Price advice: 

Cheap, cheap, cheap. Expect to pay less than RMB 60 a head if eating in a group (recommended).

More information on Chuan Ban:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Chinese
Address:
5 Gongyuan Toutiao, Jianguomen Inner Avenue, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Telephone:
+86 10 6512 2277 ext 6101
Serves:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Fri 7-9am, 10.50am-2pm, 4.50-9.30pm; Sat-Sun 7am-10pm
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not possible
Free tags / Keywords:
Sichuan

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