3 Guizhou Men
Three Guizhou Men was opened by three men from the Guizhou province who came to Beijing to make it in the art world and ended up restaurateurs instead. To make ends meet as struggling artists, the owners first opened as a hole-in-the-wall restaurant a few years back. They unwittingly struck on the trend for ethnic cuisine sweeping the capital and now have several branches including this CBD outpost. Their background as artists is reflected in the contemporary Chinese art lining the walls of Three Guizhou Men. But the real draw is the food, which is a combination of the different Guizhou regions including fragrant mint salad, sour fish soup and “beef on fire” – chunks of beef placed on a layer of chives over a charcoal grill. Guìzhourén say that a girl who cannot cook a good sour fish soup cannot find a good husband. Waitresses are bedazzled with Miáo ethnic-minority silver charms that jangle as they serve you midòufu, a regional rice tofu dish with spicy chili sauce.