Fresh, healthy and surprisingly diverse, who doesn’t like to indulge in Japanese cuisine from time to time? If you need a break from your usual Chinese-centric dining routine, why not explore Dalian’s Japanese dining scene? From the usual sushi and sashimi to barbeque and fusion, Dalian’s Japanese restaurants offer up mouth-watering cuisine to please every taste. Below, we introduce a couple of the most popular Japanese hot spots in the city.
1) Mengshanshui Japanese-style BarbecueView In Map
Already a well-known name in Dalian for the past eight years, Mengshanshui (梦山水日式烤肉) is run by a guy who lived in Japan for more than a decade, and knows his stuff. Although the restaurant isn’t too spacious, it’s clean and quiet, and, unlike many restaurants in China, it isn’t filled with cigarette smoke! For the barbecue, customers can choose from a good selection of steaks, which, when cut up and put in vegetable rolls, taste absolutely delicious. Other things worth trying are the cod, lamb chops, eel and salad.
Add: 1F, Fuhong International Plaza, 137-39 Changxing Jie, Shahekou District, Dalian
Tel: 0411 8454 3642
Opening hours: 11:00-22:00
Price: 75 RMB
Getting there: Take bus No. 8, 10, 17, 24, 514, 705 to Wusi Guangchang Station (五四广场站)
2) Hongye (Xinglin Jie Branch)View In Map
Established in 2000, Hongye (红叶日本料理) is the first Japanese restaurant in Dalian to sell puffer fish, and currently has three branches across the city. The restaurant is clean and has great service. It’s a bit pricey though—the buffet costs 260 RMB per head. Nonetheless, the wide selection of culinary delights on the menu is sure to make your mouth water.
Add: 29 Xinglin Jie, Zhongshan District, Dalian
Tel: 0411 8271 6333; 8271 6555
Opening hours: 11:00-22:00
Price: 260 RMB
Getting there: Take bus No. 7, 11, 27, 30, 40, 201, 501, 529, 534, 703, 708, 710, or 712 to Sanba Guangchang Station (三八广场站下车)
3) Haizhixiang (Renmin Lu Branch)
Opening in Dalian in 1995, Haizhixiang (海之乡日本料理) offers a mouth-watering array of food cooked by chefs on a teppanyaki grill in front of you. The menu features a wide array of meat cuts, fish and seafood, but fresh sushi, sashimi and other classics are available as well. This particular branch tends to get very busy in the evenings, due to its classy décor, convenient location and good reputation. Reservations are recommended.
Tel: 0411 8263 0877; 8280 7666
Opening hours: 11:00-21:00
Price: 200 RMB
4) Ju (Bulao Jie Branch)
Ju (菊日本料理) is an authentic and high quality Japanese restaurant, decorated with beautiful examples of traditional Japanese art and furniture. The buffet on offer costs 268 RMB, where you can delve into all sorts of different sashimi, sushi, vegetable rolls and roast eel.
Tel: 0411 3961 0666; 3961 0777
Opening hours: 09:30-22:00
Price: 268 RMB
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