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“Hidden gem” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Dianke Dianlai

Dianke Dianlai
Ranked #1,745 of 12,603 Restaurants in Beijing
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian, Yunnan
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Restaurant details
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.
Sherbrooke, Canada
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808 reviews
217 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 453 helpful votes
“Hidden gem”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2011

Yes it is hidden. It is in a hutong and has no particular sign outdoor other than the big number showing its address. Ince inside you will find that the staff speak practically no english. This is not a problem as it is a fixed menu. The only decision is whether to drink tea or beer..
There is plenty of food, several types and all very good. This is not a fancy high-end restaurant but a very authentic experience. The good thing about Yunnan food for a westerner is that there is no surprise. This is very accessible food and one of the best value for the money in Beijing.

  • Visited June 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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4 Thank JPDeM
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Washington, DC
Level Contributor
13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“A”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2011

We got the small tasting menu which consisted of:

Sweet beans
Cold shrimp
Sautéed beans and ramps
Mushrooms in leaves
Fish in bamboo
Chicken
Ox tail soup
Spicy noodle soup
Minced pork with veg
Grapes
Water beers

Hidden in a hutong and a bit hard to find. Smaller set menu was more than enough food. Service was very good. Almost every course was very good. "a hidden gem".

  • Visited August 2011
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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3 Thank bearshark
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Melbourne, Australia
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69 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
“Bliss with Yunnan style.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2011

I love Yunnan food and the dishes at Dianke Dianlai are perfect. The owner was the head chef at an old favorite Dali Courtyard. He seems to bring a " something special" to everything he does.
This is a very small restaurant, with just a few tables & a couple of waitresses. It is very relaxed & friendly. We visited during winter so didn't get to sample the courtyard area but I can imagine it as being a lovely place to sit in the the warmer months.

We rang the day before to reserve a table. As other reviews have mentioned it is a set menu which is a great way to dine and sample a variety of dishes. We started off with Pu'er tea, an expensive tea specialty of the Yunnan region. There is also beer & Chinese wine available. The tea comes as part of the courses but if you want beer or wine you will need to pay for them separately. The beer was RMB15.

The first dish was a fresh minty salad with paper thin slices of fresh vegetables. Then came, at different stages, a Matsutake mushroom dish, gorgeous fish with lemmongrass. We had a roasted chicken style dish with rosemary, pork with a dipping sauce, Crossing the bridge noodles, Five coloured rice and a refreshing stirfry of fresh vegetables. I have probably missed a dish or 2. The food was wonderful - so fresh and flavoursome.

The waitresses were very friendly & helpful. There was no rush to leave & after the meal they cheerfully topped up our tea with more hot water. As others have mentioned it was a bit tricky to find - not Dafangjia Hutong itself but the actual restaurant. Thankyou to the reviewers who posted photos of the outside entrance ( there is no sign saying Dianke Dianlai).

To sum up I would give a rating of 10 if I could. Food, ambiance, wait staff all above average & excellent. A very enjoyable dining experience.

Visited December 2010
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117 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 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)

    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank Pbiamino
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Detroit, Michigan
Level Contributor
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
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank BritinDetroit
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