Once the capital of the Southern Song dynasty, Hangzhou is an ancient city brimming with gourmet delicacies and stunning views. Here are 5 of the most memorable meals we've savoured at some of Hangzhou's best culinary establishments.
A private room @ Jin Sha, the stage of our most memorable meal in Hangzhou
5. Bai Yun, Banyan Tree Hangzhou
A serving of classical Hangzhou and Canton cuisine here was accompanied by the vista of a graceful garden on a rainy day, a scene much infused with the magical Jiangnan allure. The intense flavour of the braised pork ribs agreed exceedingly well with the milieu.
4. Hu Yin Tea House, Xin Xin Hotel
Hu Yin is one of Hangzhou's best kept secrets frequented by the hip and the bookish drawn to tea and all its refinements. A feast of 'home-cooked' local favourites prepared by the hotel kitchen next door was savoured with prized brews from the owner's tea collection, and transported us back to an era lost.
3. Breakfast on Boat, Four Seasons Hangzhou
Trust the 4 Seasons to seek out the most resplendent locations and keep a slice of it private. A morning venture on the West Lake cuts across the most tranquil and scenic parts of the famous attraction closed to non-guests. Bacon, eggs and Chinese fritters are just accompaniments to these lovely views.
2. Mudan, Zhejiang Xizi Hotel
An excellent restaurant helmed by the chef who cooked for Barrack Obama and Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit of 2016, Mudan dished out excellent Zhejiang classics like kidney 'flowers' and clams with steamed eggs with imperialistic flair and creativity. A feast that included other outstanding old-world classics by chef Zhu Qijin like minced chicken with abalone and fish 'Lionhead' made this a meal one is not likely to forget soon.
1. Jin Sha, Four Seasons Hangzhou
Routinely lauded as one of China's best fine-dining Chinese restaurants, Jin Sha is a beautiful space frequented by patrons of grand gastronomy keen to impress and enjoy. Signature 4 Seasons service adds to the winsome formula that is both delectable gourmet and stunning ambience. A succession of old-new entrees like lobster with preserved vegetables and 'Song Sao' fish soup impressed our palate exceedingly. The Dongpo Pork here by chef Wang Yong is one of the best interpretation we've sampled.