South Beauty is the best place in Beijing to get an introduction to Sichuan cuisine in stylish surroundings with lots of Chinese yuppies. The restaurant has obviously hit on a winning formula as South Beauty now has an empire of 39 restaurants across China. Each of them has a different modernist design scheme and attentive, well-dressed waiters. Businessmen come here not only for the tasty cuisine but also for the efficient service that will get you in and out within your lunch hour. The food from this central Chinese province is notoriously spicy like gongbao jiding – aka Kungpao Chicken – beloved of Westerners. Be warned that this will be hotter than you’re used to in Chinatown, more chilies than peanuts. South Beauty’s signature dish is beef grilled in oil over stones with – you guessed it – chilies, garlic and peanuts at your table. Temper the piquant flavorings with a Yanjing beer like the locals do.