There is no shortage of restaurants in Beijing – high-end, mediocre, fast-food; international, regional, Imperial … and the trend has been an increase in numbers, variety and location. But there is one well-established regional restaurant that has earned its reputation as ‘the best Yunnan food in the capital’, and now it has opened a new, more sophisticated private kitchen, in the secluded Beixiawazi hutong.
“Dali Courtyard Two”, the new Dali Courtyard, by the same owner as the original restaurant (which is still open for business in its traditional location), has kept its excellent quality of service, freshness and deliciousness, but added a sense of exclusivity and exquisiteness to the already successful business. Set in an elegant courtyard, “Dali Courtyard Two” is beautifully decorated with wooden furniture, mixing traditional Chinese with Zen minimalist, yet modern deco. On warmer days, you can eat al fresco under the shade of ancient trees. As you go into the restaurant, you are welcomed by beautiful bamboo bird-cages, the smells of a private kitchen in quiet and private surroundings.
The New Dali Courtyard restaurant is an excellent venue for entertaining visitors, corporate dinners or simply enjoying a delicious home-made Yunnan meal. As you sit at the table, Dali’s polite staff will ask you if there are any food restrictions they should be aware of. The dishes are made from fresh – sometimes piquant ingredients, incorporating the unique flavours of Yunnan.
There is no ‘a la carte’ menu, but rather a set lunch or dinner at a fixed price. So let yourself be surprised and amazed. Lunch is RMB 188 and dinner RMB 228 (excluding drinks). Open every day for lunch and dinner, (except Mon-Tue, closed for lunch).
Dali Courtyard Two 大理餐厅2
1 北下洼子胡同 (1 Beixiawazi Hutong)
[Just off Xiaojingchang Hutong, north off Gulou Dongdajie]