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“Interesting setting, decent food, a bit difficult for English-only speakers”

MeiZi Jing Restaurant
Ranked #30 of 131 Restaurants in Dali
Cuisines: Yunnan
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Reviewed 27 March 2017

We went here on the advice of previous Tripadvisor ratings. It is worth going for the cultural experience--you walk through a very active vegetable and meat market on an alley off Renmin Lou to enter the red lantern festooned entryway of a traditional family dwelling that has been converted to a a restaurant. The lady who greeted us was helpful and enthusiastic, and she had hugely more English words in her vocabulary than we have in our two phrases of Chinese. That said, even with pictures and an English language version of at least part of the menu, we had some difficulty being clear about what we wanted. We wanted mushrooms, and didn't get them. We wanted "shellfish" (which we guessed from what's available on other places would be crawfish), but got carp instead. We would agree with other reviews here that the things listed as spicy are only slightly so. The courtyard was a very pleasant place to sit, and the food we got was very good, but not memorable. My personal favorite was the soup of lots and lots of mustard greens in a tasty light broth. We didn't sample the wines.

Date of visit: March 2017
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Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

One of my favourite places to eat in old Dali. Highly recommend the steamed pork in the homemade plum wine. And always a great place to sample the local wild mushrooms. Family owned and run.

Date of visit: November 2016
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Reviewed 20 November 2016

It is both a restaurant and a Bai cooking school. There are two courtyards: in the first one, a great selection of vegetables and mushrooms are on display; in the second one there are dinner seats for a really authentic experience, combining the food and the atmosphere of an ancient building.

We came here twice and sampled a number of things; we would recommend fried mushrooms, fried pumpkin flowers (but also the omelette is good), fried pea flour and the chicken noodles. It sounds a lot of fried stuff, but it is neither greasy nor heavy as it would be in a western country. Sharing dishes is easy even for big groups as they have those tables with a central rotating marble surface.

As a drink, we recommend the plum wine: they have different options, they will ask you to taste it and point the bottle you prefer. Overall, very good dinner and value for money.

The vast majority of the customers are Chinese, but they have an English menu. Walking south-west in Renmin road, the restaurant is located in a small alley with a vegetable market. To give you a further reference, it is the left turn after the one with the Catholic church.

Date of visit: August 2016
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Reviewed 18 July 2016

Local fish stew, the house specialty, we felt was rather bland. We enjoyed their stir-fried noodles and vegetable dishes, and the local beer. Menu was in Chinese only, service was OK, not exemplary.

Date of visit: July 2016
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Reviewed 25 June 2015

I came here in order to taste authentic Bai food, although I don't know if the dishes I ate were, in fact, authentic--but they were good. Unlike the experience of others, there was virtually no spice in my food (although my waiguoren face may have led the waitress to ask the cook to make it mild). I had Erhai Lake carp in clay pot (certainly large enough to share) and some green veggies that seemed like a cross between spinach and kale. The courtyard setting was lovely on a summer evening. I suspect this was an old house of multiple courtyards, turned into a restaurant.

Date of visit: June 2015
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Thank Feistygal
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