The dim sum menu at this restaurant in the Opposite House hotel includes fluffy barbecued pork buns, pan-fried turnip cakes and walnut milk. Afterwards, admire the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma’s futuristic design in the lobby-cum-gallery space.
At this hutong speakeasy with antique furniture and no sign on the door, a mostly young crowd sips shot glasses of the blinding grain alcohol called baijiu from a menu that varies by strength and flavor.
Set in a renovated factory with exposed beams and red lanterns, this is the kind of place that has Bollinger on ice and a gong to announce the arrival of your bird, which has been crisped in an oven with date wood to enhance the flavor.
The novel-length menu contains some perplexing dishes like Spicy Duck Lips, but there are safer standouts like mapo doufu and stir-fried shrimp balls heaped with ground pork, preserved vegetables and diced chiles.
Built as a prince’s home in the 17th century, the complex is today one of the most active — and colorful — Buddhist temples in the city. Outside the gingko-lined entrance are shops crammed with Buddhist trinkets and incense.