Kong Yi Ji
Famed Chinese author Lu Xun wrote a short story about a student/vagrant named Kong Jiyi whose love of the bottle kept him from earning his degree. Although the restaurant doesn't carry the most auspicious name, the Shaoxing cuisine passes the test at this Xicheng district spot, one of multiple Beijing locations. The glass-enclosed dining areas create an outdoor feel. Beggar’s chicken and mizhi luyu (fried fish) are popular dishes, or if you’re feeling adventurous, opt for the zuixia (“drunken shrimp”), which are served still wriggling.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.