Yu Yuan has been around for a while, but when we went this spring they were just finishing up major renovations and even though the sinks and toilets weren't connected to the water when we went, by the end of lunch all the tables already set up had people eating away. Yuyuan is in the hilly and green area around Hupao Road, tucked up an incredibly steep driveway with parking for maybe five cars on the top. There was also what looked like a patio under construction, so hopefully by the time you read this you can enjoy lunch.
We started off our lunch with a round of fresh juices, served in cute little milk bottles (16RMB for Watermelon, 20RMB for Papaya, 28RMB for Orange). The menu is all in Chinese, and even the Chinese speakers at the table didn't know what Taijiong was, except that it's named after China's best selling comedy of the year. Turns out Taijiong (泰囧 28RMB) is Stinky Tofu and Durian Spring Rolls. Surprise! The two standout dishes were Thai Style Minced Pork with Prawns (泰式肉碎 28RMB), which had nice hits of lemongrass and a real Thai feel, as well as the Spanish Squid Paella (西班牙目鱼饭 88RMB), which was on every table and was blacker than my soul. The Crispy Fried Potato Chips (叁巴土豆片 26RMB) had enough pepper for a little kick to go along with the saltiness. One of the most interesting dishes was the Teriyaki Salmon Head (美味照烧三文鱼头 58RMB), which looked a lot like typical hongshao braised meat, but was even sweeter and impossibly fatty. However, I'd steer clear of the Beef Tenderloin Stir-Fried with Basil and Mushroom (罗勒菌菇有牛 42RMB); the beef had so much tenderizer in it that texture-wise it was practically indistinguishable from the mushrooms it had been stir-fried with. Other than that we also had Caesar Salad ( 凯撒色拉 38RMB) and Stir-Fried Cabbage (手撕包菜 26RMB).
Our bill for four stuffed eaters came in at 274RMB, and we had 50% off on many dishes for the opening discount, but you can come in May and get a brunch voucher for their cafe and hotel. Parking is available outside of the restaurant as opposed to inside of it. Wi-Fi is also available.
We also recommend: Signature BBQ Platter 招牌烧烤拼盘 68RMB, Mandarin Fish Manlong Style 满陇桂鱼 98RMB , Curry Crab Fried with Udon Noodles 咖喱蟹炒乌冬面 58RMB, Pork Neck Fried with Bok Choy 猪颈肉炒菜心 28RMB, Kobe Beef 雪花牛肉 88RMB, Mushroom Soup 蘑菇汤 12RMB, Red Wine Braised Lamb Chops 红酒烩羊排 88RMB, Tuna Salad 金枪鱼色拉 38RMB , Braised Pork 红烧肉 58RMB, Asparagus Steamed with Egg 芦笋蒸蛋 22RMB, Bacon and Shrimp Fried with Egg 培根虾仁炒蛋 26RMB, Home Made Broad Noodles 自制宽面 26RMB, Happiness (Bread and Ice Cream Topped with Chocalte Sauce) 幸福 22RMB.
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