And now the 2nd part of my 17 night, 5 city trip (this is actually the first portion of the trip, however). First will be Beijing, then a quick hop to Xi'an, and then Shanghai, before continuing to Singapore & Hong Kong as discussed in a separate post.
Beijing: 4 nights/days, so basically 4 dinners and 4 lunches, though one day will be at the Great Wall...Staying in the CBD. We'll do the usual tourist attractions, visit some hutongs, and I really want to venture out and see the Bird's Nest.
Peking Duck-- sounds like it should be between Da Dong and Made In China. Any tie-breakers? Should I just say screw it and try both?
The rest, looking for a nice blend of upscale, casual, street food, local cuisine, other Chinese regions, exciting non-Chinese restaurants...In other words I'll consider anything. Would love to hear about bakery gems and spots with great espresso shots too.
The list shows right now: Temple, Transit, Dali Courtyard, Middle 8, Mosto & Modo, Sureno, Black Sesame Kitchen, Three Guizhou Men, amd Xian Lao Man for dumplings. Sounds like Green T House should be scratched.
Bars: Mai Bar, El Nido, Great Leap Brewing, Migas.
Xi'an: 1 dinner. I've heard about Lao Sun Jia. Can I do better? Shaanxi hand pulled noodles have to be one of my ten favorite food concepts. Big fan of paomo too.
Shanghai: 4 dinners, 3 lunches. Staying on the Bund.
Reserved one dinner at Mr. and Mrs. Bund. Another dinner meeting with people has to be on the Bund, so I'm considering Commune Social/ Table No.1, Mercadito, and M on the Bund for that.
Traditional Shanghai: thoughts between the much written-up original Jesse, Lao Kele, and Jian Guo 328?
XLB: Din Tai Fung for sure (been to Arcadia and flagship in Taipei...have to go here). Should I also try any like Fu De, Jia Jia Tong Bao (not exactly xlb it sounds like), and Yangs?
Other: Considering and would love thoughts on Die Yuan, Butterfly Garden, Cha's, and Fu 1088. Any other suggestions of course appreciated and looking for bakeries and good coffee/espresso too.
Bars: Long list, I won't come close to trying them all: Long Bar Waldorf, Jazz Bar Fairmont, Vue Hyatt, Flair Ritz, Glamour Bar, Alchemist, El coctel, Bar Untouchable, Mojito Heaven, Banyan's Ba, Salon de Ning Peninsula, House of Roosevelt, Boxing Cat Brewery
Cheers and thanks so much for your help!