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"Food court @ the Oriental Plaza" Oriental Plaza Food Court Tip by mafi_moya

Oriental Plaza Food Court, Beijing: 5 reviews and 5 photos

by mafi_moya

Normally I intensely dislike food courts. Sure they offer a good selection and are ideal for groups with different tastes, but the food is generally bland and the atmosphere sterile. But this place is a welcome exception. Located on the lower floor of one of Beijing's most exclusive shopping malls, the prices are hardly that of street food but are surprisingly reasonable. There is almost every type of Chinese food you could want - Sichuan, Cantonese, hotplate, dim sum, noodles and all sorts of regional specialities. The quality of the food is surprisingly good too and there is beer and fruit juice to wash it down. It's always busy (with Chinese more than foreigners) and there's a noisy, bustling atmosphere. Despite the location, staff don't speak much English, but there are examples of dishes laid out so all you have to do is point and smile. The stalls don't take cash - you have to buy a credit card from a booth outside and the value of your meal is deducted from it. You can either spend all your credit in one visit or the card can be saved for several months.

Address: Dong Chang'an Dajie 1
Directions: The Oriental Plaza is on the corner of Wangfujing, one of the city's main shopping streets, near Tiananmen and the Forbidden City. The food court is on the bottom floor.
Price: less than US$10
Rating: 4
Theme: Chinese/Dim Sum

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 5, 2003
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