I've been to Beijing a few times over the past couple of years and some of my favourite restaurants were in the Lido Hotel area of Chaoyang, near the night market. I have always loved the Red Door and Sichuan (about 4 doors apart from each other), but a friend who went last month said that because the airline crews aren't staying in that vicinity anymore, the restaurants have really gone downhill and aren't nearly as good. I'm looking for good basic spicy food (chicken with chili and peanuts, spicy eggplant etc.) and I prefer the little hole in the wall places to eating in hotels or high end restaurants. Any suggestions?