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“Ultimate Chinese restaurant experience ” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Nanjing Cooked Food Stalls (Lion Bridge)

Nanjing Cooked Food Stalls (Lion Bridge)
Hu Nan Road ShiZiQiao 2, Hu Nan Road Pedestrian Street, Nanjing, China
025-83305777
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Ranked #5 of 2,652 Restaurants in Nanjing
Cuisines: Zhejiang, Jiangsu
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“Ultimate Chinese restaurant experience ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 NEW

Any visit to Nanjing is not complete without a visit to this ultimate in Chinese restaurant experience. From the welcoming by traditionally dressed elderly gentlemen at the front the the brisk allocation of a seating number from the stern hostess with the microphone at the front counter, your whole experience will be an overload of the senses. It is noisy and chaotic but it is simply for the amazing food that you go to the establishment that even the Chinese themselves who are visiting make as a 'must do' in Nanjing. Sticky rice with pork, steamed duck dumplings, shredded tofu salad, slightly picked salad are all great but you absolutely must try the Chicken with sweet and sour source (No 4002).

Expect to wait 20 minutes to be seated in their peak times but is worth it.

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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
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  • English first
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Europe
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“Incredible”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

No English is spoken, but most of the dishes are shown on a sample display. You can't book, but although it is very popular, the wait isn't too long and if you don't mind eating a bit late for lunch or dinner, likely no wait at all. It is very informal but don't be surprised by the rather unusual serenading to your table. The food is excellent, all freshly prepared and a very wide choice of fish, meat and vegetable dishes. The portions are quite substantial, but the prices are very reasonable so it is worth trying quite a few things. I would gladly go back any time; it was a real local experience.

  • Visited January 2015
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“A must try restaurant in Nanjing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

A very money worth restaurant, I was arranged in a private room with 3 tables, with only RMB150 per head with lots of dishes included (6+ appetizers; pork, fish, chicken soup, sweet corn soup, can't write everything out ..). Even with the whole table full of men, cannot finish up the food.

Not only the choices are very inclusive but also the quality of the food are really good. For someone who is new to Nanjing, this is a must try restaurant, with many famous Nanjing dishes and their own famous one.

Must try dishes:
1. Boiled salty duck - famous Nanjing dishes. This restaurant make it tasty enough with no fat of the meat!

2. Duck meat dumpling - very very tasty, even better than the normal pork meat dumpling.

3. Sticky rice with fatty meat -- devil dish but super yummy, can't stop once you try the first bite.

4. Deep fried pork knuckle -- another devil disk, as the pig skin is so soft and full of collage; with meat just tender and juicy

5. Duck blood with vermicelli in soup -- this is less signature than the above 4 but still worth to try, maybe I am too full to feel it's good

This branch, Lion Bridge, is authentic and they even have live Chinese opera singing; added with the ancient Chinese time decor all around the restaurant, you have the feeling of eating in Ming dynasty. Staff are friendly and helpful.

  • Visited January 2015
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Authentic and excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

We went there for our 1 st dinner in Nanjing and went back the second evening as we really loved the food and the great atmosphere. It's busy non stop and you can see the different stalls preparing their specialities. It's good good food and prices very affordable. Service is friendly, smiling and quick.
You feel you are really in China with authentic decoration.
Guys! Probably best place to eat in Nanjing.

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“A good way to sample some nanjing food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Located in center of the food street, this traditional looking place is very popular. Inside, it looks like a traditional Chinese food court, where you can order dishes from various stalls. Many dishes are Nanjing favorites, and the staff is dressed in traditional clothing.

It's kind of like dim-sum, Nanjing style. I find most dishes good, but not great. But the sum is greater than the individual dishes. It's a good way to experience some Nanjing dishes, and the atmosphere is somewhat unique and entertaining.

Go early to avoid the crowd.

  • Visited September 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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