Restaurant Yong'anli South of Xinhua Insurance Building, Beijing, China Published on: 04-08-2016
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Why Najia Xiaoguan is special ?
At Najia Xiaoguan, the menu is quite novel. The names of the dishes are carved on small sticks of wood that are placed in two wooden trays to choose from. A signature dish is huang tanzi, a thick, meaty soup slow-cooked for at least 18 hours. The more typical Manchu dishes include the appetizer known as baqi qiezi (eight banner eggplant) and qiezi men huangdou, braised soybean and eggplant.
The Xiangshan branch is set in a two-story beautiful old courtyard, and is perfect for impressing visitors hoping for a uniquely Beijing dining experience - from the elegantly dressed wait staff down to the cages housing birds chirping phrases like “ni hao” and “Najia Xiaoguan”. The signature dishes include the deliciously tender ox rib and fatty, melt-in-the-mouth ox hoof; these are best sampled in small doses, shared out between four or five diners. Other must-tries are the stewed venison in hot pot, fried chicken with walnut and yam with sweet osmanthus sauce.
How to get to Najia Xiaoguan?
This place was tough to find because they don't have there name in English. The easiest way is the following:
1) Get to "New China Insurance Tower" next to the "LG Twin Towers" (LG Electronics on Google) on Jianguomen Outer St. The LG sign is so big it looks like it could be there head quarters.
2) when looking at the New China Insurance Tower from the Main Street, on the first floor and far left is "Bangkok Bank" and the Restaraunt is directly behind across the street.
The building is across the main street from the silk market!
3) the Restaraunt is in a gray Chinese style building, to the right of it is a "Hot & Spicy Panbroiled" Restaraunt with dark red awning and "Keruyu City fast food chain" Restaraunt with red awning.
- Hidden Paradise
- Beloved by Locals
- Great food at reasonable price
- Great atmosphere, service and very interesting dishes.
- Great food, excellent service
- Noise level Normal
- Budget Medium
- Alcohol YES
- Air condition YES
- Accept credit card YES
- Serve breakfast NO
- Serve halal NO
Yong'anli South of Xinhua Insurance Building, Beijing, China
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I was fortunate to have a guide bring me to this restaurant. The food is reasonably priced compared to the well known Da Dong and has delicious food. My guide characterized the restaurant as a middle class place. We came for a late lunch, and the place was still packed. Since it was my last day in Beijing, and I had expressed a desire to once again eat Peking duck, we came here for lunch. Since the duck is cooked when ordered, you have to have a whole duck, which will normally feed at least 3 people. Although there were only two of us, the restaurant packed up the left overs, which were absolutely delicious for dinner. The duck is carved tableside and served with condiments to put in the thin wrappers. There is also sugar to roll the skin and eat like duck candy, something I have not previously seen in the US. The bones are used to cook another dish. In our case, we opted for something that looked like salt and pepper deep fried duck. What a wonderful way to end my trip!
I have to admit this is my 3rd time to this restaurant in 6 years and it does make it much easier to find it. The restaurant doesn't look like much from outside so make sure you have a map with you. It's at the back of the LG twin towers. Once you enter the restaurant, you enter a different world. The decoration is full of green plants and wood. It's really special. You even have a bird singing. The dishes were so wonderful. So much choice with a totally different menu than last time I went there. Service has nothing fantastic (even though they have a way to review their service level onsite) but I just had such a good time. They offer a lot of traditional dishes which made this visit one to remember. I'll be back for a 4th time!