Although Chengdu is known for its own unique and deliciously spicy Sichuanese flavors, the city has much more to offer than just its signature Chinese dishes. This international city boasts a global palate that includes Japanese and Korean favorites like sushi, tempura, BBQ and bibimbap. You don't have to cross an ocean to mix up your normal culinary routine; just go for a meal at one of these great East Asian eateries!

A Taste of Asia: Best Japanese and Korean Restaurants in Chengdu

1) Pankoo Busan RestaurantView In Map
Located in Chicony Plaza, the Pankoo Busan (PANKOO釜山料理) is a hugely popular restaurant that features cuisine from Busan, South Korea. The restaurant's beef dishes are particularly delicious; fresh and dripping with just the right amount of fat and oil, but never too greasy. As per usual, customers can cook the Korean BBQ themselves, but the helpful waiters will step in if necessary. The pumpkin congee is a local favorite as well, mainly because it is a nice balance to the hot and savory meat dishes. The restaurant is often crowded during the weekends, so it's best to go during the week to avoid the rush. Recommended dishes: fatty beef slices (肥牛), pork belly (五花肉), pumpkin congee (南瓜粥), beef stone bibimbap (牛肉石锅拌饭), veal (小牛肉), shitake mushrooms (香菇), fried rice cakes (炒年糕), miso soup (大酱汤), tuna stone bibimbap (金枪鱼石锅拌饭), clam and tofu soup (蛤蜊豆腐汤) and seafood pancakes (海鲜饼).

Add: 9F, Chicony Plaza, 8 Chunxi Lu Nan Duan, Jinjiang District, Chengdu (near Zhongshan Guangchang)
地址:成都市锦江区春熙路南段8号群光广场9楼(近中山广场)
Tel: 028 6597 0177
Price: 55 RMB per person; credit cards accepted
Operating hours: 11:00-22:00
Getting there: Take bus No. 43, 47, 55, 56a, 56, 62,104,298 to Chunxi Lu Nankou (春熙路南口)

2) Hexing View In Map
Hexing (和幸) is a simply furnished, homey Japanese joint with relatively cheap eats. The menu features a large selection of tempura and hot pot, but not much in the way of sushi. But don't let that deter you—with delicious crispy options like fried pork tempura with cabbage, it's hard to go wrong eating here. Recommended dishes: pork rib tempura (炸猪排), cabbage (卷心菜), steamed egg (蒸蛋), miso soup (味增汤), shrimp tempura (炸虾), pork rib hot pot (猪排火锅), pumpkin tempura (炸南瓜) and pickled cabbage (泡菜).

Add: 7F, Yishidan Lido Plaza, 8 Kejia Xiang, Jinjiang District, Chengdu (near Chunxi Lu)
地址:成都市锦江区大科甲巷8号利都广场伊势丹7楼(近春熙路)
Tel: 028 8666 2616
Price: 65 RMB per person; credit cards accepted
Operating hours: 11:00-22:00
Getting there: Take bus No. 21, 68 to Hongxing Lu Guangchang Nan (红星路广场南)

3) Sakura Japanese Restaurant View In Map
Located on the 9th floor of Chengdu's Chicony Plaza, Sakura Japanese Restaurant (樱日本料理) is a large space decorated with wooden Japanese aesthetics that give it a very relaxing and natural atmosphere. The restaurant is self-service and the portions are small but the food is very high quality. The thick salmon sashimi is particularly good and the salmon roe is always fresh. Recommended dishes: sashimi (刺身), roasted eel (烤鳗鱼), shellfish (孔雀贝), ox tongue (牛舌), hand rolls (手卷), squid (三香鱿鱼) and fish teppanyaki (铁板鱼柳). 

Add: 9F, Chicony Plaza, 8 Chunxi Lu Nan Duan, Jinjiang District, Chengdu (near Zhongshan Guangchang)
地址:成都市锦江区春熙路南段8号群光广场9楼(近中山广场)
Tel: 028 6597 0002; 028 6597 0001
Price: 165 RMB per person, credit cards accepted
Operating hours: 11:30-14:00, 17:30-22:00
Getting there: Take bus No. 43, 47, 55, 56a, 56, 62,104,298 to Chunxi Lu Nankou (春熙路南口)

4) Sorabol View In Map
Sorabol (萨拉伯尔) is a popular Korean chain with restaurants in Seoul, Beijing, Shenyang, Dalian, Changchun, and of course, Chengdu. The restaurant's two standout dishes are the sliced sesame beef (which is especially tender and is served in a large portion) and the savory pork belly. Sarah Burr also features a wide selection of fish, many of which are prepared in an interesting manner: covered in corn flour, deep fried and served up without any extra sauce as a plain hot and crunchy treat. The fried rice cakes, served with spicy sweet chili sauce, are another delicious option and go great alongside a stone pot bibimbap. Recommended dishes: fried rice cakes (炒年糕), sautéed vegetables (炒杂菜), roasted pork belly (烤五花肉), beef and kimchi pancake (牛肉泡菜饼), ox tongue (烤牛舌), sesame beef (麻香牛肉), and the hot pot with noodles (火锅面).

Add: 68 Renmin Zhong Lu Er Duan, Qingyang District, Chengdu (34F Ruicheng Mingren Hotel)
地址:成都市青羊区人民中路2段68号(瑞城名人酒店34楼)
Tel: 028 8803 3333; 028 8803 7777
Price: 105 RMB per person; credit cards accepted
Operating hours: 11:30-21:00
Getting there: Take bus No. 5, 16, 37, 55, 298, 300, 341 to Renmin Zhong Lu Er Duan (人民中路二段)

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