This name is an interpretation of the Chinese symbols that give the Guangzhou cafeteria its name. It´s a cafeteria which fuses a pretty colorful design with a touch of the west, with traditional Cantonese food. It´s situated in a district in which you can find most of the embassies and many foreign banks and some multinational companies. In this environment, traditional restaurants have succumbed to the fusion of traits such as design or furniture, a clear example is this setting. This place is especially famous in GuangZhou, as there are many similar restaurants around, but still remains curious. In addition, the coffee is not bad, the food is affordable and reasonably priced.
This restaurant is on the fifth floor of the mall that's at the Gongyuanqian (公园 前) subway stop (lines 1 and 2) is fine because it only costs around 50-100Yuan (10 Euros) and the menu is quite varied. The presentation is interesting and the food is exquisite, but I was disappointed by the service. I do think, though, some of the waiters were trying to avoid us because they barely speak English.
The Restaurant and Bar / Grill Lucy's is a classic among those ve frequented [poi = 72112] Shamian Island [/ poi]. The establishment is located in Shamian Park and is equipped with an indoor dining area and a terrace. They have a lunch menu, afternoon tea and dinner (with prices ranging from 3 to 5 Euros). The good thing about this place is that it combines both Chinese and Western food (especially Italian) and both the Chinese dishes and the pasta dishes are very good. The setting and service are also both good (what´s more, all the staff speak Mandarin, Cantonese and English - and one also speaks French -).
The Hong Xing Seafood Restaurant is located right on the Pearl River and specializes in fish and seafood as well as crocodile meat. It has two floors and a terrace, where you can enjoy a nice dinner or lunch while feeling the river breeze on your face. At the bottom are a number of tanks where you can choose fresh fish or seafood, and there are also varieties of sushi (Chinese style) and liqueurs. The service is good and the food is well-prepared, and the prices are affordable, if a little bit high when compared to the average Chinese restaurant.
Qian Wei Shuan is a restaurant inside the domestic terminal of Guangzhou Airport. I don't remember which gate it was at - I was feeling hungry, so I didn't stop to look around! It's clean, with good service, but the quality isn't particularly impressive. The prices are quite high for the amount and quality of the food on offer ... really, it's what you'd expect from an airport restaurant.
This Chinese fast food restaurant called 真 功夫 (literally translated as "Real Kung Fu"), although in the English version it has been translated as dry Kung Fu. It operates as a franchise and reminds us a lot of "Burger King" or "McDonald's", but with a completely different type of food. The menus are pretty varied, but they usually consist of a Chinese dish, soup, some steamed vegetables and a drink. It is cheap, although the taste of the food isn´t anything to shout about, it could be a good option for the less daring or be a nice "rest" for those that are more experimental. The symbol of this franchise is a Kung Fu fighter ve looks a lot like [poi = 58741] Bruce Lee [/ poi].
Fruity Mix is a franchise of natural foods and beverage that has opened all throughout the major cities in China. Beijing and Guangzhou have the most locations of this franchise. The drinks are mostly natural juices and smoothies, but you can also order coffee or tea. The meals are varied but they always come with fruit such as a mango salad. Also pizze comes with strawberries or kiwi. I found this shop by chance on the second floor of a shopping center in the metro station (line 1 and 2) Gongyuanqian (公园 前) and loved how healthy it was their colorful décor and menu, always with fruit motifs, especially apples. Drinks cost between 2 and 4 Euros, the dishes, which are rather small (like tapas), usually between 3 and 6 Euros.
This Starbucks is located on Shamian Street, in the heart of [poi = 72112] Shamian Island [/ poi], in a colonial style building. It has a terrace, and also a terrace with chairs (covered) and then an interior part (also with comfortable chairs or, alternatively, padded chairs). It's a super relaxing place to have a coffe,e especially on the terraces and while it is hot, with the cool atmosphere of the trees (there is a park right in front of it) it´s very comfortable. Moreover, it´s not unlike other Starbucks.
This name is a direct translation of the Chinese characters that make up the original name of this restaurant chain: 大城 (Big city) 小厨 (Small Kitchen). The one that I personally tried is situated inside a shopping mall in the area, on the third floor and believe me, I was pleasantly surprised. The price costs about 1.5-2Euros per dish. I found it to be quite cheap given the presentation of the place and the quality of the food - I was pleasantly surprised, although again I experienced some communication problems (luckily the menu had pictures). It is hard to find,I found my one by chance, but if you manage to get to this place you will like it. The value for money is very good.
This fast food restaurant is located right next to the [poi = 24590] 7days Inn [/ poi] Sha Huang, in fact the restaurant is attached to the hotel and allows you to pass between one and the other without having to go outside. Open from 7.45am until 10pm, this restaurant provides breakfast, lunch and dinner continuously. You choose a menu and pay for a menu on the input box, you get a ticket (you have to hand it in through the kitchen window) and then you wait at your table until they bring you your food. You can order single dishes, but the menus, which are a kind of Chinese-style dishe with soda or soup (your choice) only costs 2Euros and they are quite good. The place is clean and the food is fine, but none of the staff speak anything but Chinese (an ideal place to start learning the language).
Behind the sign bearing such an unfortunate name, there's an Australian cafe-restaurant which currently calls Guangzhou home. This property is inside a mall near the Gongyuanqian (公园 前) subway stop (lines 1 and 2). The type of food is varied, especially the salads and noodles. They also serve and sell chocolate and sweets. They have lunch and dinner menus for one or two people, which cost about 4 to 6 euros each. The dessert for two people is fine and includes salad to share, your choice of noodles, and fruit and chocolate fondue for dessert.
Sumo Ramen is a chain of ramen restaurants (Chinese noodles prepared in a Japanese style) which is very popular in China. Decorated with motifs related to the Sumo on the walls, here you can enjoy quite a good ramen, with many different kinds and with a choice of between 6 different sauces for soup: The three typical Japanese soups (Miso, soy Saly) and another 3 that give this establishment a personal touch. In these places the staff tend to speak a little English (although it may depend on the branch), the service is fast and the portions are good. A bowl of ramen usually costs about 3 Euros.
Pan Xi Restaurant is a rather elegant restaurant, without being excessively priced (for a western wallet). The service is very good, and the decoration is perfect. The lounge is spacious, with a peaceful atmosphere and the food is exquisite and plentiful. The food is typical Chinese in that you order several dishes to share. The price per person is 15-20Euros including drinks.
Fairwood is a fast food chain from Hong Kong (which has now spread to other Chinese cities) which serves Chinese and Western food. The one I went to was in Enning-Lu in west-central Guangzhou. Its runs like msot of the the "fast food" in the area like ([poi = 70397] Café de Coral [/ poi], etc ...). Once you enter, you see the menu painted on the wall. You choose what you want and pay. You take a number and wait for your table. It is affordable (from 1 to 3 euros depending on the menu) and the food is plentiful. I ordered a coffee with some sandwiches for breakfast and was quite pleased. Don't expect any fancy decorations. Worst part: it usually gets loud.
RBT, as I understand it, is an acronym for Real Brewed Tea and is a chain of coffee/tea shops throughout Guangzhou. They have various types of teas and coffees and many ways of preparing them (some are actually quite bizarre). You can also order light, tapas-like dishes like. I usually order salads in these places as they're usually pretty good. The decor is quite nice and the place is ideal for a quiet chat over a drink. The price for a coffee ranges between 2.5 and 3.5 euros.
The Bellagio Cafe, despite the name, actually sells Taiwanese food. The food is tasty and well prepared and the decor of the place is that of a mid-level restaurant as it is not too expensive (about 12 Euros, which isn't too bad for the average Chinese person here in Guangzhou). Be careful - if you don't tolerate spice well, be sure to chat with the waiters before ordering, because some dishes aren't marked on the menu as spicy, but actually are!
El Cielo Restaurant in Foshan, is on the 51st floor of the swissotel. Italian Dresser basically, but when you spend several days working in this city, you deserve something extra. You can never go wrong with Italian food, good pasta, good meat, but at swiss prices, not chinese! Fabulous views