When Yizhan Restaurant closed for the 2008 Olympic Games, the owner searched out an ancient courtyard near Guijie for the restaurant’s new location.
Although the new Yizhan is only 20 meters away from Beijing’s busiest food street, many visitors need to ask for directions. Its location has earned it a reputation as one of the most secluded restaurants in the capital.
Yizhan is a travel-themed restaurant, and its owner is an avid backpacker. The menu tells the story of a group of young people who hiked in the Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture but lost their way in the heavy fog. They found their way to a small village where a Tujia minority couple treated them to a table of stone-pot dishes that were too delicious to forget.
“Sitting in the courtyard and looking up at the clear sky in spring makes me feel like being back in Dali,” a reviewer said. The restaurant’s special Yogurt Wine has an unspeakable rich, delicious smell, like ripe Dali plums.
Yizhan also has a romantic bar with melodious night music. Its Indian Milk Tea and Yunnan Plum Wine are good choices for evening drinks. It’s a nice place for young people to have party, and has been rated as one of the Top 5 gathering places in Beijing.
A big projection screen plays travel videos and old movies to enhance the nostalgic atmosphere.
Yizhan’s most popular dish is A Pot of Fish, spicy catfish stewed in a 40-centimeter diameter spot with asparagus lettuce, bean curd strips and more.