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.
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