In the Hutong district not far from the Drum Tower, this was a real find – in more ways than one. We had a guide – he couldn’t find it. He used his iPhone and asked locals three times to get directions. It is down a tiny Hutong lane and then hidden away round another corner. Also cars can’t get much closer than the Drum Tower – the main street is for buses only. So good luck finding this place!
Dali is a major city in the Yunnan province in the far SW corner of China nestled alongside Tibet and Burma. The southern provinces tend to have much hotter and spicier food and this was certainly the case here. We had a set menu meat, fish and vegetables. Everything was delicious, but it was close to my limit for spice and chillies and I did try to avoid eating any actual chillies. There was more than enough food for the three of us.
Aside from the food, it is a delightful place – based around a small courtyard with a water feature in one corner and a temple (or shrien?) in another corner. We sat inside where it was cooler. There were 5 tables inside and about 4 in the courtyard. I imagine in the evenings either is equally comfortable – we were there at lunchtime and the sun was shining into the courtyard.