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“Point for chongyamen station”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Dianke Dianlai

Dianke Dianlai
Ranked #1,747 of 12,627 Restaurants in Beijing
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian, Yunnan
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Beijing Workers' Sports Complex
Description: Delicious Chinese cuisine well prepared and beautifully presented in this different, yet rewarding restaurant.
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117 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
“Point for chongyamen station”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2011

This is a small restaurant, people at hotel receptions do not know it. However our concierge asked for directions at the restaurant itself and, thanks to them, we could be driven there by motorbike. Dianke dianlay is the best restaurant we tried in china, better than the famous dadong roast duck. Just try the 98 rmb set. However, once there, we realised that it is also easily accessible by metro. Just exit at the chaoyangmen station and walk through the alley between the old soho square building and the one under construction (i thing it is called soho glacier or iceberg), turn right and walk along the construction site. Dianke dianlai is in front of you at the end of the road (dafangja hutong n. 8)

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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • Japanese first
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English first
Detroit, Michigan
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Massively overrated”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2011

Four of us booked the Dianke last Saturday and after struggling to find it (good luck in finding a taxi afterwards), we were given a very nice rooftop table overlooking the Hutong roof tops.
We were offered a 198 rmb fixed price and 14 dishes of very mediocre quality were delivered in less than 20 minutes. No explanations, or sense of timing, and that was it ...we never saw the waiters again. The food was somewhere between poor and average. The came the issue of drinks. We ordered two glasses of wine and a couple of beers. A bottle of wine was left on the table.
So time drifted by and no bill or conclusion. we walked downstairs and were directed to reception for the bill. Presented with a bill for 1044 rmb and no explanation. a ten minute argument ensued and we finally settled at 931 rmb. clearly we had been charged for a whole bottle of wine and not glasses. We then had a ridiculous argument over the price of a glass of wine..the waiter insisted it was 235 a glass.
There was no manager to assist or show interest.
So if four of you have $200 to burn on dinner, go somewhere else. this was rubbish and nowhere near the standards of the Dali Courtyard

  • Visited July 2011
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1 Thank BritinDetroit
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Seattle, Washington
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Best Restaurant Experience in Beijing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2011

I initially heard rave reviews about Dali Courtyard and was going to go there, then after reading the reviews people were saying the quality went down, and they recommended Dianke Dianlai. OMG thank so much for that suggestion. You need to come hungry because they give you enough food for a good few days.
The service was great! We ordered the cheaper set dinner for 98 RMB and it was wonderful. You need to make reservations for this restaurant, since its a set price, i think they need a heads up to make enough for all the guests.

My only complaint is that it is pretty hard to find, especially in the dark. My hotel wrote down the address for me and gave it to the taxi driver but the taxi driver couldn't find it and pretty much dropped me off in the middle of the alley and said here you go. Luckily there was a post from someone of the #8 on the door. This place is towards the end of the alley so have the taxi driver keep driving until you see the 8 on the door. This is really a hidden place, you can't tell its a restaurant until you walk in the door. If the door is locked just knock they will answer it quickly.

This is a MUST! The best restaurant we went to the whole trip.. DaDong was awesome too, but this place is better because this place is relaxed, we stayed for over 2 hours and I noticed that everyone else stayed for hours here as well, and the food was tasty. Dali beer was good too.

  • Visited January 2011
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3 Thank Bananaboat711
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Seattle
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65 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Best feast we've had in Beijing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2011

It's true it's a bit hard to find but worth the trouble of finding it. We found the entrance of the DAFANGJIA HUTONG. We followed it trying to figure the #'s on the doors. After walking for a while we were concerned so we asked a nice lady that had a phone in her hand. I showed her the name & address but she didn't know of the place. I showed her the phone # & she kindly called. After getting directions she walked us to it :-). I had a picture of the entrance so when we got close I recognized it. The restaurant is next door to a convenient store & accross from a little park.

We were the first ones in when it opened at 5pm. Not much English was spoken here. We were not given menus. All we were asked was: "Spicy, OK?, Pork, OK? Fish, OK?" We gave the thumbs up. We waited for 15 min or so & the amazing dishes started coming. Look at the pictures of just a few of the dishes. It says it all. It cost us about $36 including for 11 dishes, a large bottle of beer & a glass of wine. Skip the wine, it was horrible. But the food was exquisite!!!

  • Visited April 2011
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Melbourne, Australia
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12 reviews
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“A hidden gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2010

This restaurant was a bit out of the way and very difficult to find, but our search was rewarded with the most amazing meal. We did not have a reservation and managed to get a table for 2, but we were there quite early and on a week night - I'd suggest you book on a weekend or if you have a large group

98RMB set menu comprised 13 (yes 13!) courses - beautiful prawns, fish, chicken, beef, pork, soup and vegetables all delicious, beautifully presented and served with great flair. We left very happy

Staff speak little or no English (and we do not speak any Chinese) but were fabulously helpful. We're quite experimental eaters and were not at all concerned not knowing in detail what we were eating, staff advised it was chicken for example, but it was taste and see from there. Would not recommend if you have allergies etc and could not speak Chinese but if you're interested in trying delicious, fresh food prepared by a brilliant chef then check it out

10 out of 10

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