Let’s gloss over the irony of decorating a restaurant aimed squarely at New China’s middle class with symbols and slogans from a turbulent period hell-bent on dismantling said bourgeoisie, shall we? The People’s Socialist Canteen is a 1960’s-themed restaurant serving home-style staples from China’s northeast. Dongbei cuisine isn’t known for its subtlety of flavour, and the oil- and sugar-laden dishes here are no exception.
But if you’re seeking a taste of the old days, The People’s Socialist Canteen has got your number. Waiters are dressed in the traditional green floral print, and you eat off of enamel-coated tin plates and pressed steel mugs, replete with chipped portraits of Mao and choice slogans from the canon of socialist greats. Bring an appetite for rib-coating northern fare.