No trip to Beijing is complete without Sichuan hot pot, and Hai Di Lao is a legendary national hot pot chain. Don’t let the chain status bother you. The quality and service are high here and long queues are a reality.
What makes Hai Di Lao more unique than others is its service, which includes complimentary tea, snacks, shoe shine and even manicures during your wait for a table. All locations have a clean, modern decor and feature a long condiments and fruit bar where diners can create their own dipping sauces. The hot pot is served in either spicy or non-spicy broth (or half & half). Did I mention that their noodles are freshly hand-pulled at your table with a kung fu performance?
The best part? Many locations are open well past midnight, and sometimes 24 hours, making it a popular pick with the after club crowd.
Food info: Hot pot is a Chinese fondue in its basic form. It consists of a hot metal pot of stock which is kept heated throughout the meal. Ingredients ranging from meat, leaf vegetables, to noodles are then cooked at the table. The cooked food is usually eaten with a dipping sauce.
Hai Di Lao
Numerous locations throughout China (and now Singapore) including:
Hai Di Lao Wangfujing Branch, Beijing
Address: 8th Floor of Tianyingtai Department Store, 88 Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China
Hai Di Lao Changshou Lu, Shanghai (open 24/7)
Address: 4th Floor of Shanghai Zhonghuan Business Tower, 468 Changshou Lu, Putuo District, Shanghai, China
Phone: +86 21 6277 0701