Karaiya Spice House

|
Sanlitun Lu
Karaiya Spice House
Food
Award
Winner
2011

Time Out says... 4 0Users say 0/5 Rate it

published on 6 Sep 2012
Hunan fare is often considered the underdog of spice, obscured in the shadows while the spotlight more often shines on Sichuan. But the region that was the home of Chairman Mao, and a hotspot for the generous use of chillies and spice, has more than fire to make it stand out. The Hunan-style dishes at Karaiya are a celebration of the glory of this lesser-known cuisine. Karaiya opened in 2009 and seems to fly under the radar despite a central location in Sanlitun. But, like the province it represents, it stands strong despite a quiet existence. What we love about this restaurant is the elegant and understated dining room, with its mystical sweeping doors and subtle lighting. There’s a quiet comfort within.The chillies of Hunan may ward off the timid, but a closer look at the menu reveals mild dishes that balance the meal. Karaiya’s signature creations are often a variation on the classics and well worth discovering.

Details

Open
11:30am-2pm; 5:30-10pm daily

Telephone 6415 3535

English address S10-30 Sanlitun Village, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang district

Chinese address 朝阳区三里屯路19号 三里屯 Village南区8号楼

Similar near Karaiya Spice House

Xinrongji

Critics' Choice
Jianguomenwai Dajie

Upscale Zhejiang cuisine in a slick setting in the Park Hyatt Hotel

Beisanhuan Donglu

The Sun Palace offers a variety of Southern dishes - try the rice balls with cereal

Refined, fresh Cantonese cuisine in a uniquely elegant atmosphere

Various Chinese cuisines inside the China World Trade Center

Jianguomenwai Dajie

Classic Cantonese menu and creative Huaiyang cuisine at the China World

Spicy Sichuanese classics nearly 24 hours a day

Jianguomenwai Dajie,

Classic Cantonese menu and creative Huaiyang cuisine at the China World

Anhui cuisine that is underrepresented in Beijing's food scene

Sanlitun Lu

Peking duck that does the capital proud

18

Foodie fakes that can leave a bad taste in your mouth

North East Third Ring Road

Sample Yunnan cuisine in uninspiring settings at Rainbow Village

Jiuxianqiao Lu

An excellent vegetarian restaurant, and a highlight of 798

32

Cheap dumplings that are filling, if not terribly flavourful

Sanlitun Lu

Decent dumpling house with odd stylistic and culinary choices

Dafangjia Hutong

Fresh and authentic Yunnan food in a charming courtyard setting

Chaoyangmen Dajie

Healthy HK comforts prove a broth of fresh air

Taiyanggong Zhong Lu

Visit the Wangjing original for a proper taste of Chaozhou dining

Wanghua Lu

Visit the Wangjing original for a proper taste of Chaozhou dining

Feitengyuxiang serves Sichuan food with a motto of ‘quality, integrity and innovation’.

46 Liangmaqiao Lu

Home-style Cantonese meals in a low-key setting.

Honglingjin Park

Classically elegant Chinese cuisine.

Dongsanhuan Zhong Lu

Gongti Bei Lu,

Southern Jiangsu style cuisine found in Beijing

Gongti Bei Lu,

A menu like a phone book offers average, inexpensive fare

Middle 8th branch has a host of tricks

Chaoyangmennei Dajie,

Dongzhimen Dongnei Dajie

serve a six-course set menu inspired by the works of prolific wuxia writer Jin Yong

Dongsanhuan Zhong Lu

Chaoyangmennei Nan Xiaojie,

Keep your eyes peeled for this inexpensive chain restaurant.

Sanlitun Lu

Right here, right Mao, but nothing too revolutionary.

Xidawang Lu,

This restaurant has a wide range of zhou, otherwise known as congee, including a Korean version a...

Gongti Dong Lu,

This fast food chain is so cheap, decent and popular that it has 83 locations in the city.

Jianguomenwai Dajie

Gongti Bei Lu,

Dongsanhuan Zhonglu

Heavenly Cantonese direct from Hong Kong.

Lianmaqiao Lu

Contemporary Chinese cuisine situated within the plush Kempinski Hotel.

Jianguomenwai Dajie

CBD café joins ranks of Hong Kong-style cheap eats.

Futong Dong Dajie

A welcome chance to sample some Zhejiang fare.

East Third Ring Road

Dim sum delights and a quiet escape on weekends.

Jianguomenwai Dajie

Bring your Prada wallet to this branch of the upscale Hong Kong chain.

Guanghua Lu

Where else can you sit outside with a view of Ritan Park and have your dim sum?

Guanghua Lu

Hong Kong chef Stephen Lo’s eight-strong dim sum team cook up a steam

Xiaoyun Lu

Liangmaqiao neighborhood gem with a good line in dim sum.

Northeast Third Ring Road

Unlimited dim sum deals priced differently for weekdays and weekends.

Worker's Stadium

Fusion Chinese food and a selection of wines.

Dongdaqiao Lu,

Taste the traditional food at this exemplary Hui Muslim restaurant.

Jixiangli, Jishikou Dong Lu

You’ll find all things nice at this Hunanese hangout.

Jianhua Nan Lu

A restaurant that swims against the tide of more established, conservative Sichuan restaurants.

Gongti Xi Lu

Former great tries to hold the bar up.

Gongti Ximen

Follow the wind to the spice of Chongqing in Gongti.

Jianhua Lu

The restaurant has that strangeness where you can order a cappuccino with a dish of fried worms.

Gongti Bei Lu

The latest installment of this reputable Shanghai luxury restaurant chain is in popular demand, w...

Sanlitun Lu

At Transit, the floral scents of southeast Asia marry with the jazz of chillies and peppercorns, ...

Xinyuan Xili Dongjie

A guqin-themed restaurant ideal for guqin enthusiasts.

Chaoyangmenwai Dajie

This Hong Kong chain has become a reliable all-night option for the posher crowds.

Jianguomen Waidajie

Known as Da Cheng Jia in local speak, this is a late-night hangout for fair and cheap Taiwanese b...

Gongti Xi Lu

Located in Beijing’s popular Worker’s Stadium area, Xu Xian Lou offers elegant Hangzhou cuisine i...

Sanlitun Bei Xiaojie

Sample Yunnan's minority-style food.

Baijiazhuang Lu

One of the favourite locations for hot pots

6 Maizidian Jie

Eat a rainbow of toothsome Chinese dumplings.

Jianguo Lu

Arguably the best dumplings in the world.

Dongsanhuan Zhong Lu

Food is a fusion of dishes from different regions of Guizhou, cooked, according to the chain’s ow...

Anhui Beili, Yayuncun

Guangshun Nan Dajie

Gongti Xi Lu

A trendy atmosphere to enjoy snack foods and desserts at all hours of the night

Southeast Third Ring Road (CBD)

Sichuan fare served the traditional way and made with quality ingredients

Jiangtai Lu

The cooks here transform simple ingredients into refined dishes that satisfy in earthy flavours.

Tuanjiehu Beikou

Da Dong is famous for its Beijing roast duck, but the amazing qiezi (aubergine) dish ...

Jiuxianqiao Jie

2/F, Guo'an Building

Jiuxianqiao

Perennial favourites such as gongbaojiding (32RMB) and ganbian siji dou (26RMB), are at once c...

Gongti Dong Men, Gongti

A vegan-friendly choice with no meat, eggs, dairy or onion.

Jiangguomen Wai Dajie

Sumptuous Cantonese fare.

Xinyuan Nan Lu

The menu here is a study in poetry, thoughtfully balanced to feed the body and spirit.

Dongsanhuan

For fans of spicy cuisine, this restaurant is spot on

Zhenzhi Lu

Tasty and hearty home-style Xinjiang cooking.

Jianguomenwai Dajie

Beijing's highest restaurant boasts one of the best views in the city and delicious food to match.

Jianguo Lu

Delicate dishes in elegant surrondings. Try the crispy chicken.

Dong Sanhuan Zhong Lu

Expensive Cantonese in the Grand Millenium hotel

Sanlitun Lu

This venue is closed as of December 31, 2012

Bakeyang

Destination dining for hot pot addicts. Sleek décor and good service.

Nongzhanguan Nan Lu

The cooks here transform simple ingredients into refined dishes that satisfy in earthy flavours.

Gongti Bei Lu

Noodle slurping at its sleekest.

Gongti Bei Lu

Beijing has a new contender for the city’s best roast duck. Duck de Chine’s (188RMB) embodies ...

Ritan Park

Popular and tasty home-style fare in Ritan Park, one of the city’s most venerable spots. A gre...

Chaoyangmenwai Dajie

Jianguo Lu

Enjoy Yunnan specialities at this trendy restaurant

Guangshunjie

The simple noodle dishes of the Shanxi province, which is situated just to the west of Beijing, a...

Xiushui Nanjie, Jianguomenwai

Opened in 2001, Makye Ame is one of the oldest Tibetan restaurants in Beijing

Xinyuan Xili Zhongjie

Arguably the best dumplings in the world.

Qisheng Zhong Lu, Beisanhuan Dong Lu

Xingguang Dadao

Map

Comment

Subscribe to Time Out Beijing newsletter
Min 1 star. Zero stars will be treated as unrated.