Chuan Ban

Address: 5 Gongyuan Toutiao, Jianguomen Inner Avenue, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China
Telephone: +86 10 6512 2277 ext 6101

- Budget

4.6

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
4.7
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Service
3.9
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Food and drink
4.7
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Value for money
4.7
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Ambience
4.2
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Location
3.9
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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).

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Foodies
  • Seasoned travellers
  • People watching

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