Best for Thai spice
With its complex mix of spices and textures, Thai cuisine is a perfect partner for hotpot. Thai restaurant Lan Na Thai, located next to Glen Classic in the Face compound, carries itself with the quiet solemnity and dignity of a temple, free of the chattering of boisterous fellow diners found at so many other hotpot spots. The hotpot, served in the Thai suki style, is similarly unique: individual pots of piquant tom yam goong broth, and a platter of photogenic ingredients to swish in it. The spice of the broth saturates each dipped item without being overpowering – perfect for such elegant surroundings. And for those who don’t like spice at all, the Japanese-inspired crab hotpot will serve admirably.
A meal for two costs 488RMB.
Lan Na Thai Face compound, Gongti Nan Lu, 26 Dongcaoyuan Hutong, Chaoyang district (6551 6788). Open 6pm-10pm daily.朝阳区工体南路东草园胡同26号