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Food Street, an Open-Concept Restaurant

Food Street
It was 27 years ago that Food Street opened in the city of Guangzhou and made history as China’s first- ever restaurant with an open kitchen. Head Chef Li Man should know - he helped launch the place. So what is it about Food Street that kept him there for over a quarter of a century? “I love the restaurant, so I wanted to stay”, he answers simply. “Food Street has retained its old, classic Cantonese flavour and that’s what makes it special.”


Li Man calls on the traditions of Guangzhou, formerly known as Canton, to produce comforting, hearty food. “The concept of the restaurant is what I’d call ‘live theatre’, and it’s a throwback to the old markets”, he says. “It has a station where we make the noodles from scratch and cut them, as well as one where we make and boil dim sum, so you can see what’s going on. It’s as though you’re behind the scenes.”
Food Street is decked out in the old style, with handmade furniture and four lovely private rooms called “Prosperity,” “Happiness,” “Longevity” and “Wealth”. It is so embedded in local life that the city’s Mayor is a regular guest. And what does he like to eat when he comes to visit? “The won ton noodles!” laughs Li Man. “They are the best in Guangzhou by far: we use a very special broth with delicious meats and vegetables, and it’s all very fresh.” If it’s good enough for the Mayor...


China Hotel, A Marriott Hotel
22 Liu Hua Lu,Yuexiu District
Guangzhou, Guangdong 510015 China