Chuanban (川办餐厅)

  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Sichuan
5 Gongyuan Toutiao

Hidden in an alleyway just north of the Bright Chang’an Building, Chuanban is always packed. As Sichuan’s provincial office it’s the place to get cheap and authentic Sichuan dishes.

Highlights include pock-marked Chen bean curd, gongbao chicken and twice-cooked fatty pork. Start with the popular appetiser fuqi feipian (husband-and-wife meat slices), a mixture of lean beef and ox lung dressed in amazing Sichuan condiments, which warms up your palate for the hot dishes to come.

Chuanban doesn’t accept reservations, so it’s best to arrive either before 6pm or after 8pm. Otherwise, be prepared to wait for at least 25 minutes. The atmosphere is celebratory and raucous rather than romantic; expect loud talking, toasting and clinking of glasses.

Venue name: Chuanban (川办餐厅)
Opening hours: 11am-2pm, 5-9.30pm Mon-Fri; 11am- 9.30pm Sat-Sun
Metro: Jiangguomen
English address: 5 Gongyuan Toutiao, near Jianguomennei Dajie, Dongcheng district
Chinese address: 东城区建国门内大街贡院西街头条5号
  • 4 out of 5 stars