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Half Bottle Restaurant/半瓶子艺术餐厅
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It’ll start to get cold before anyone can put away the shorts and take out the sweaters. Now that we’ve got a bit of time left to enjoy the outdoors, a rustic place or two is more than welcome. We can’t confirm who owns the Half Bottle, but by the looks of the interior, someone connected with the place must have a line into the China Academy of Art. Nice pottery sits atop the tables, and unique oil paintings hang from the walls. It opened a couple of years ago, so things aren’t as new as an iPhone 3G. The food, however, was a sure winner, as were the prices (239RMB for four at lunch). They even have a small parking lot. We missed it on our first trip, but didn’t get a ticket parking on the road, so private drivers need not worry about where they leave the Volkswagen.  

If a taxi is taken, eyes should be peeled to the right after turning west off of Yuhuangshan Road near the Silk Museum (see museum location on the map in the middle of the magazine). It’s easy to pass the Half Bottle on the first trip. This tends to happens when a restaurant is hidden behind trees. But isn’t that why so many people enjoy it? It’s not pruned like a golf course, but offers a natural seclusion only unkempt, swaying trees can provide. Amongst the array of dishes we ordered, we kept diving into the Bull Frog in Pickled Pepper Soup. For those that like a little spice with their amphibian, it hits the spot. Don’t mind a few bones and strong breath? Go for the Gold Medal Garlic Ribs. When there are more than four people at the table, the Old Village Chicken isn’t usually skipped. The waitress told us it’s a big favorite with everyone. 

You can order:
■ Secret Recipe Chicken Wings 秘制鸡翅 mì zhì jī chì 30RMB
■ Gold Medal Garlic Ribs 金牌蒜香骨 jīn pái suàn xiāng gǔ 39RMB
■ Big Shrimps in Special Sauce 烧汁大虾 shāo zhī dà xiā 30RMB
■ Old Village Chicken 乡村老母鸡 xiāng cūn lǎo mǔ jī 86RMB
■ Cumin Shrimps 孜然凤尾虾 zǐ rán fèng wěi xiā 28RMB
■ Thai Curry Beef Brisket 泰厨咖喱牛腩 tài chú gā li niú nán 38RMB
■ Old Mother’s Crispy Fish Stew 老干妈酥鱼串 lǎo gān mā sū yú chuàn 25RMB
■ Lotus and Ribs Stew 小康农家藕 xiǎo kāng nóng jiā ǒu 28RMB
■ Village-style Braised Meat Balls 农家狮子头 nóng jiā shī zi tóu 32RMB
■ Minced Pork and Rice 碎米肉碎 suì mǐ ròu suì 22RMB
■ Bull Frog in Pickled Pepper Soup 开胃牛蛙 kāi wèi niú wā 28RMB
■ Fried Mutton Sticks w/ Spring Onion 葱爆羊肉串 cōng bào yáng ròu chuàn 28RMB
■ Sweet and Sour Pork Pineapple 菠萝咕噜肉 bō luó gū lǎo ròu 18RMB
■ Fish Soup With Pickled Peppers 泡椒鱼 pào jiāo yú 38RMB
■ Fried Broccoli with Garlic 蒜泥西兰花 suàn ní xī lán huā 16RMB
■ Celery Fried with Cashew Nuts 西芹腰果 xī qín yāo guǒ 21RMB
■ Fried Bok Choy with Garlic 浔城青青翠 xún chéng qīng qīng cuì 12RMB
■ Home-style Fried Tofu 家常豆腐 jiā cháng dòu fu 13RMB
■ Eggplants in Soy Sauce 酱爆茄子 jiàng bào qié zi 13RMB
■ Glass Noodles and Minced Pork Stew 肉沫粉丝煲 ròu mò fěn sī bǎo 18RMB
■ Glass Noodles and Bok Choy Soup 青菜粉丝汤 qīng cài fěn sī tāng 10RMB
■ Farmer’s Harvest Soup 老农丰收汤 lǎo nóng fēng shōu tāng 21RMB
■ Noodles with Soy Bean Paste (Chinese Spaghetti) 炸酱面 zhá jiàng miàn 8RMB/small, 15RMB/big
■ Yangzhou-style Fried Rice 扬州炒饭 yáng zhōu chǎo fàn 8RMB/small, 16RMB/big

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17 Lianhuafeng Road

0571 8779 4178

Opening Hours:
10am – 10pm

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