A group of restaurants all offering a range from homely dishes at 20 RMB to the Peking duck at up to 200 RMB. Popular with locals and expats alike, with an interesting line in décor. Food and service are reliable throughout the group.
Congee (rice porridge), or more properly zhou, is a Chinese staple. Originating in the days where you eked out your rice with whatever was available, zhou has evolved into a tasty and above-all healthy food.
A hutong restaurant offering traditional but unusual Beijnig dishes at reasonable prices (20-70 RMB). The kyline is one of China's mythological creatures, and this restaurant is hard to find but worth the search.
Imperial Court Food specialist, this hutong-based restaurant offers a set menu – in other words, you eat what you're offered. But make sure you book well-in advance – Li Jia Cai is heavily oversubscribed.
A courtyard restaurant in the grand imperial tradition. Expect to see a select clientele dining well on an exotic and up market menu and enjoying, if that's the word, short performances of Beijing Opera favourites.
Another place where you can expect a wait, but a range of entertainments and activities are available to keep you amused while you do. Your waiter/chef will produce your noodles at the table before you very eyes.