As a city with a significant Muslim minority for nearly 1,000 years, Beijing has no shortage of restaurants that specialize in mutton and lamb.
Most places are Xinjiang restaurants or restaurants specializing in northwestern cuisine, which can be off-putting for diners who dislike the strong taste of mutton.
Hongtailang offers excellent mutton dishes and a variety of other food. Located on the east side of Tiantongyuan, it’s new to many customers. But those who have made the long trip north gave it a five-star on the review site Dianping.
The most popular order is a roasted lamb leg. Served on a traditional wood stick, the lamb leg is crispy outside and tender inside. It’s slightly spicier than the lamb commonly found in Xinjiang restaurants, according to Dianping reviewers.
Hongtailang also serves lamb kabobs, roasted bread and a variety of other kabobs. For diners who want another option, it provides a variety of vegetables and seafood. Many diners praised its seafood pot, where customers can choose seafood and have it steamed.
Dianping users praised the freshness of the seafood and said it was worth the price.