Western Restaurants in Shijiazhuang? You Must Be Kidding!

Western Restaurants in Shijiazhuang? You Must Be Kidding!

Yes folks, even cultural backwater Shijiazhuang now has some decent Western restaurants to be proud of. In our following list, we describe some of the more prominent establishments; some are buffets located in 5 star hotels; some are national chains; while others are private firms opened by entrepreneurial expats. They may not be as luxurious or diverse as the myriad choices in the capital, but if you don’t like it you can just stop moaning and hop on a train heading northbound!


Yunhaixuan Western Buffet

1) Century Hotel – Yunhaixuan Western Buffet世纪大饭店-云海轩西餐自助 View In Map
The first thing that strikes you as you enter the buffet hall here is the giant illuminated pillar in the middle of the room that emanates gold and blue light like some sort of magic tree. It creates a warm atmosphere which is complimented by the soft shades of almond and tangerine that adorn the tables and carpet. The menu is western and includes salmon, escargot, beef fillets, pizzas, and freshly squeezed fruit juices, and this being a 5 star joint, it’s all prepared freshly on-site.

Add: 1F Century Hotel, North-west corner of Zhongshan Xi Lu and Zhonghua Beidajie intersection, Qiaoxi District, Shijiazhuang
地址:石家庄桥西区中山西路与中华北大街交叉口西北角(一楼)
Tel: 0311 8702 5173/0311 8703 6699
Opening hours: 11:00-14:00; 17:30-21:00
Getting there: Take bus 1, 5, 6 or 31 to Renmin Shangchang (人民商场)


Portland Coffee Bar  

2) Portland Coffee Bar波特兰咖啡西餐厅 View In Map
It’s big, it’s spacious, it’s mock-European; it’s gotta be the Portland Coffee bar! Occupying over 2,000m² of floor space including 12 luxury private rooms and nine booths, it has room to seat over 500 guests, and is decorated and furnished in a luxury ‘palace’ style, with a choice of chairs or sofas. The stars on the menu here are the steaks and the homemade ice-cream.

Add: 5F Huaite Guwenhua Chacheng, 286 Tiyu Nandajie, Yuhua District, Shijiazhuang
地址:裕华区体育南大街286号怀特古文化茶城五楼
Tel: 0311 8582 2088
Opening hours: 09:00-02:00
Getting there: Take bus 6 or 26 to Sheng Liangshiju (省粮食局)


Babela’s Kitchen

 
3) Babela’s Kitchen巴贝拉意式休闲西餐厅 View In Map
Babela’s is a modern, open, brightly-lit Italian-style chain restaurant serving up an odd mix of Western and even faux-Western cuisine. Staple favourites like pizza and spaghetti bolognese are obvious crowd pleasers, but ‘authentic Italian dishes’ such as ‘chicken toast’, ‘Western zesty waffle crispers’, ‘fried creamed potato’ and the indulgent ‘friend beer banana’ would leave Marco Polo scratching his head and wondering what had happened to the antipasti. Still, if you want some fun and a great place to come for a dessert, then you could do no worse than stopping by. Bring a camera – the whole menu has to be seen to be believed!

Add: Walk 50 metres west of the Zhongshan Xi Lu and Nanhuayuan Walking Street Intersection, Shijiazhuang
地址:石家庄中山西路与南花园步行街交口南行50米路西
Tel: 0311 8534 0808
Opening hours: 09:00-21:00


Aegean Sea Restaurant

4) Aegean Sea Restaurant石家庄爱琴海西餐厅 View In Map
One of the earliest-established Western restaurants in Shijiazhuang, the owners (a married couple) have spent a considerable amount of time in France, so for that reason the Western grub is up to scratch. The restaurant is kind of lacking in floor space, which ultimately makes it ‘cozy’ if you’re an optimist, or ‘cramped’ if you’re grumpy. The menu features dozens of handmade pizzas made on-the-spot, and a bunch of other Western dishes made with precision and care. What’s interesting is they brew their own booze — if you’re nice to the manager he might give you a cup on the house! — and they also ferment their own yoghurt here, so pudding is most definitely on the menu.

Add: 38 Yuanming Lu, Qiaodong District, Shijiazhuang
地址:石家庄桥东区园明路38号
Tel: 0311 8603 4941
Opening hours: 10:30-00:00
Getting there: Take the 116 bus to Yinhonghuayuan (银宏花园)

5) Kerry’s Cottage克里小屋西餐厅 View In Map
Kerry’s is a lovely little place specializing in steaks and such, made by a genuine Frenchman who absolutely refuses to add any additives or unknown muck to his meats. He’s a bit of a connoisseur when it comes to cooking with French wines, and his skills on the grills means that everything is served thick and juicy. If you a) love meat or b) want to wine & dine someone, why not bring them to Kerry’s?

Add: 2F 201-202, Block D, East Coast International Business Centre, Guang’an Avenue, Chang’an District, Shijiazhuang
地址:石家庄市长安区广安大街美东国际商务会馆D座2楼201-202
Tel: 0311 8552 0123
Opening times: 10:00-00:00
Getting there: Take bus 1, 10, 12 or 34 and get off at Guang’an Tower (广安大厦)

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Marie
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I quite like SPR coffee. It's a nice cafe that's pretty relaxed. Starbucks is coming to the WonderMall soon. And you can find Dairy Queen there too. Maybe it's not seen as being a proper restaurant, but you can't beat their hot dogs.

Also, OK Pizza has the best buffet around (near the train station). Fresh pizza, loads of other things, etc.

There's a Brazilian BBQ and it's ok. Interesting.

I've been to the Century Hotel bar area and their Western menu was ok but their food wasn't 5 stars.

There's another hotel that has an airplane inside of it (near Beiguo) and they really have great food (nice meat, salads, etc.) That place is one of my favorites.

Sep 01, 2011 19:02 Report Abuse

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Tony D
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Wow - that's a great list of Western restaurants and Western cafes in Shijiazhuang! Wish I'd known about it when I was visiting earlier this year...!

Jul 29, 2011 01:07 Report Abuse