This sleek, design-focused space serves homestyle Dongbei (northeastern) cuisine — think dry tofu and spicy seafood salads — and cleaned-up chuan'r from the grill. A far cry from the greasy back-alley barbecues that we all know and love, here the grilled meat on sticks is complemented by a well-priced and well-curated wine list (30RMB per glass) and draught Jing A beer (40RMB).
We love the design here; we feel cooler just sitting in the hip digs.
The menu boasts a decent wine
list (30RMB per glass), yet the
reverse sports dishes you’d expect
from a greasy laminated sheet after
one too many Yanjings, not a draught
Jing A craft brew (40RMB); cold
salads, peanuts in vinegar, noodles
Things start out well
with a spicy seafood salad (30RMB)
and the cold beef with basil and
coriander (40RMB) is even better.
Chewy slices of beef get a lift from
the fresh, herbaceous leaves.
The noodles (28RMB) are less
impressive; the broth lacks depth.
A handful of coriander, chilli flakes
or even a splash of vinegar wouldn’t
go amiss. The wontons (28RMB)
are much the same – the simple
ingredients fail to go the distance.
In the chuanr department, the
chicken wing skewers (12RMB) are
tender and well-cooked, but lack
anything that sets them apart from
the nearby street stalls, while the lamb ones (6RMB) are flat-out dry
and flavourless. Roasted veggies
(pictured; 6RMB) are a highlight – the sweet
peppers and caramelised onions are
tender with a pleasing crunch.
White Tiger Village has the space,
but the menu fails to live up to its