Hai Di Lao (Beijing Xi Lu)

  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Hot Pot
  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Sichuan
1068 Beijing Xi Lu
This ever-packed Sichuan-style hotpot chain is rightly legendary for its service, which involves everything from free shoe shines and manicures while you wait (and you will wait) to noodles that come with a kung fu performance. So it's easy to forget how good the hotpot actually tastes - from the specialty beef balls (39RMB) and mutton coils (36RMB) to streaky pork (32RMB), scallops (30RMB), oysters (32RMB) and special mushrooms, it's all fresh and top quality. The fact that the lime-green-uniformed waitstaff treat you like kings as they serve it up is what makes it a genuinely entertaining evening.

Good for: Over-the-top service and overall fun factor
Venue name: Hai Di Lao (Beijing Xi Lu)
Opening hours: 11am-3am daily
Metro: Nanjing Xi Lu
English address: Third Floor, 1068 Beijing Xi Lu, near Jiangning Lu, Jingan district
Chinese address: 静安区北京路1068号三楼,近江宁路