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“Delicious range of flavours from light and fresh to rich and spicy”
Review of Dianke Dianlai

Dianke Dianlai
Ranked #573 of 12,917 Restaurants in Beijing
Cuisines: Yunnan
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighbourhood: Beijing Workers' Sports Complex
Description: Delicious Chinese cuisine well prepared and beautifully presented in this different, yet rewarding restaurant.
Reviewed 26 September 2013

We were very well fed at this Yunnanese set menu restaurant, choosing the cheapest of the 3 options at 128 RMB per person, for 12 dishes. Our meal would be a very expensive and fancy degustation menu in a western city. Our 12 dishes were:
Three soups, one based on a potato puree and two in lovely rich chicken broth;
Two mixed grain rice dishes, one barbecued in a banana leaf;
Chicken slices;
Clams in a very spicy sauce;
White slices perhaps of tofu(?) in a sesame seed and soy dressing;
Prawns in a light tangy tomato sauce;
Barbecued fish, crispy on the outside, white and succulent inside accompanied with a garlicky pouring sauce;
Spinach, stir fried with garlic, very tender and tasty;
Dessert - a pot each of soft quark like yoghurt on top of a delicately sweet syrup to fold through.
Yunnanese dishes embrace a range of flavours from light and fresh to rich and spicy, and the cuisine is distinct from other Chinese cuisines. The staff spoke no English, but the menu was in English. There is no listing of individual dishes, you pick one of the three set-menu prices and the dishes just come. This hutong is overlooked by the horizontal bands of white neon that illuminate the almost egg shaped multi-story 2012 SOHO building next to Chaoyangmen subway. There are rennovations underway at Dianke Dianial, suggesting that they don’t expect their hutong to be razed any time soon.

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1  Thank MacJanet
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Reviewed 20 August 2013

One of the best restaurants I have been to, Noma included. Highly recommended! Where there in Oct 2012 and in August 2013, equally great!

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Reviewed 19 April 2013

Since we are wai guo ren, I cannot verify the authenticity of the food but the taste and quantity were great. It is not easy to find the restaurant and no one speaks English but . . . . If you order their tasting menu 128rmb/pp you will leave very satisfied.

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Thank 888Paulw888
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Reviewed 1 May 2012

In planning our two week trip to China, we stumbled upon the TripAdvisor ratings of restaurants in each city. Beijing was going to be at the end of our trip, so we knew we'd be looking for something different. Indeed, it turned out that we had been treated to Peking Duck seven times in a week and a half.

I read the reviews on Dianke Dianli and was intrigued by the notion of a Yunnan restaurant that even most Beijing locals don't know about. One of my friends was going to be in Beijing a couple of weeks before us, so I suggested he try it out for us. He took a party of ten there (including his brother-in-law from Yunnan) and they all loved it. So our party of four decided to go. We're glad we did.

The concierge at our hotel called ahead to make us reservations and get detailed driving directions for the taxi. Armed with that, the driver had no problem finding the restaurant. I was prepared for a hole in the wall, but the ambiance was charming though simple and unpretentious. And the restaurant (and bathroom) was delightfully clean.

We ordered the 98 RMB fixed price 13-course dinner, supplemented by various fruit juices and beers. The food was a pleasant change from all the Chinese food we had eaten the past week and a half. We especially liked the grilled fish, mushroom pastry, chicken, squash, fried pineapple and something made out of beans. The shrimp was a bit under-cooked for our taste, but when we asked that they take it back to the kitchen and cook it some more, they informed us that it was actually meant to be served cold and assured us it was sufficiently cooked. I did eat several shrimp and they were good (and I didn't get sick). The mixed rice was a bit tasteless, though adding some of the broth from the chili noodles worked well. The scrambled egg was bland. But there was so much food that we couldn't finish it all, so who cares about a couple/three dishes that weren't as delicious as the rest?

The variety of fruit juices were good, but we drank mostly beer. We started with the Dali but thought the Lan Cang River "Cool Beer" was more flavorful. We enjoyed our dinner so much we took handfuls of business cards to distribute to our friends.

While finding a taxi afterwards anywhere close to this alley would normally be a challenge, it was impossible given that it had started to rain. We ended up walking to the nearby subway and taking that, then walking a mile to our hotel as we couldn't find a taxi on the other side either.

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3  Thank castriker888
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Reviewed 24 January 2012

My husband and I arranged to dine here after reading reviews of other diners. Our hotel called to make the reservation for us. We did have a little trouble finding it, even with the detailed directions of other reviewers (for which we were thankful!). The meal was delicious, beautiful, and memorable. The service was attentive and friendly. We would recommend this to anyone planning a trip to Beijing.

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4  Thank EagerReader
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