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“A Notch or Two Above”

Na Jia Restaurant (Yong'anli)
Ranked #18 of 12,642 Restaurants in Beijing
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $15
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Guomao
Beijing, Beijing, China
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80 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“A Notch or Two Above”
Reviewed June 13, 2013

There is nothing at this restaurant that you cannot get in literally thousands of other venues in Beijing - they just do it a bit better. The menu is a tome, there is a lot of selection but it is all made very clear with photographs and good English translations. The service is extremely attentive. We ordered one of their justly famous prawn dishes (fried prawns with lychee). I was not a big fan of the way they were fried with the shell still on. The shell clings so you must either learn to love eating fried shell or try to remove the sticky bits. Since we opted for the latter, our plates soon filled with up messily. The waitress came by often offering clean plates. This little touch was very endearing. Try the homestyle tofu - crispy on the outside, custardy on the inside in a succulent sauce. I did not care for the cold spinach in sesame sauce. Roast chicken was plain but made a nice foil for some of the spicy dishes we ordered. The local noodle dish was only 18 RMB per person and mixed for you tableside. Portions are quite large and prices are reasonable. Fresh papaya juice was refreshing. This restaurant is very conveniently located for a visit after a trip to the Silk Market. Take along the characters to show people or just look for the queue outside. Lovely restroom worth a mention as this is so often not the case elsewhere;

  • Visited June 2013
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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Uncomplicated, fresh, delicious”
Reviewed June 6, 2013

I am not moved to write a review very often, working in the industry I'm unapologetically fussy, usually preferring to cook myself or eat in a certain few places I know are good. The comments about this place being hard to get into are justified, We walked past several times at around 7 -8pm as we are staying close- by and there is indeed a long queue. We opted to miss lunch and go ravenous after a day in the city at 5pm, and I was seated straight away. There is only a dispense bar, nowhere to sit and have a drink first /after so choose a different venue for that if you're making a night of it. It was packed by 6pm. The place is enormous but cleverly laid out so somehow feels cosy. The menu is a joy, with large clear pictures and description in English. I eyed the rib of beef and lamb back but was glad we didn't order, saw them go past and they would easily serve 4 or more. I chose three things I love; shrimps, belly pork and aubergine and waited to see what they would do. Shrimps were amazing, firm and sweet. Belly pork was so tender I could separate and cut it with chopsticks served with tangy dates, and the aubergine had a sauce that was rich and oozing but at the same time aromatic and tangy. The kitchen is clearly at ease producing vast quantities of brilliant food quickly and consistently. Service is efficient and courteous, not much English spoken but it doesn't matter as food arrives, dirty plates whisked away and tea topped up with piping hot water without lifting a finger. Highly recommend and would happily go back.

  • Visited June 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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67 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Good Food”
Reviewed June 1, 2013

We ate at the outlet located near Yong'anli stt - no problem locating the place by following the directions given by winylake ( Thks winylake )

We did not make a reservation and was lucky to be given a table on arrival at 5.30 pm. Service staff is courteous, with warm smiles.

We ordered 5 dishes ( cannot recall the exact name of each dish ) - a saltish duck with nuts, taro cubes with red dates, fried mushrooms, a green veg with dried scallops and a special tofu dish. The best of the 5 - the saltish duck and the tofu. Paid 192 yuan in total ( no drinks ) for 2 people ( find that 5 dishes for 2 people is a little too much; ideal - 4 dishes ).

I would have love to eat here again before leaving Beijing, but did not manage it due to time constraint.

  • Visited May 2013
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Enschede, The Netherlands
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36 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Every dish is special.”
Reviewed May 31, 2013 via mobile

A colleague recommended this restaurant when I was on a business trip in Beijing. Although we had to wait for half an hour to get in, it was worth waiting for. Every dish was special. In particular I loved the thinly sliced conchi and the stir fried liver. We spent about 50 euro for 2 people, which is very reasonable given the quality of food.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank MartinAmersfoort
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New England
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388 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
“Anniversary lunch here”
Reviewed May 16, 2013

Absolutely amazing food. Caters to all budgets. English words and pictures available on a big menu. Beautiful decor inside. Really loved our experience here and cannot wait to return. Walked in on a Saturday late afternoon and had lunch- seated in about 30 minutes without reservations.

  • Visited June 2012
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