Little Sheep

Price guide: Budget

209 Dongzhimen Inner Avenue, Dongcheng District, Beijing

Price guide: Budget

Hot pot spread

By Tom O'Malley, your Beijing expert

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#20 of 30
expert-rated restaurants in Beijing
Expert overall rating:4.0 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.2
4.2
Ambience:
4
4.0
Service:
3.8
3.8
Location:
4.1
4.1
Value for money:
4.2
4.2
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Families with teenagers, Seasoned travellers, People watching

Expert review of Little Sheep

Gorge on Beijing’s favourite winter dish at this busy Gui Jie restaurant.

Going for hot pot (huo guo) is a winter ritual for Beijingers, and no, it’s nothing like what they eat up Lancashire way. True, there are hundreds of hot pot restaurants around town, but Little Sheep stands out for its deep-flavoured soup, high quality Mongolian mutton and efficient service, not to mention a choice perch on Beijing’s most famous restaurant street, Gui Jie.

Food and drink: 

Choose from a menu of chopped root veggies, greens, noodles, tofu and meat (it's customary to go for wafer-sliced raw mutton), and cook the food yourself in a bubbling tabletop cauldron of spicy soup. Everything then gets dunked in a thick sesame sauce before eating. It’s a delicious and sociable way of eating, and meals can last for hours.

Ambience: 

Noisy, brightly lit and regularly packed, but generally a notch above your average hot pot restaurant in terms of décor and ambience.

Service: 

Don’t be afraid to holler at waitresses to order more ingredients or have your soup topped up – everybody else does.

Location: 

Half way along the north side of Gui Jie (Dongzhimen Inner Street), known locally as “Ghost Street”. This is Beijing’s most famous restaurant street bedecked with red lanterns, drunken diners and the odd local gangster, which makes for terrific people-watching. The nearest subway station is Beixinqiao (Line 5).

Price advice: 

Because several people can share the same soup, it gets much cheaper the more diners you eat with. Expect to pay around RMB 75 per person.

More information on Little Sheep:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Chinese, Traditional
Address:
209 Dongzhimen Inner Avenue, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Telephone:
+86 10 8400 1669
Serves:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Daily 24hours
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not necessary
Free tags / Keywords:
Hot pot

Have you been to Little Sheep? Would you recommended it?