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As sure as we're hitting those fabled 40-degree summer days, new players are also heating things up among the multitude of concept restaurants that make up a large portion of Hangzhou's highly competitive food scene. We decided to check out the latest newly-built retail multiplex on the northwest side of town, where diners will not only find a cool and comfortable place to get a meal, but also a rather surprising mix of attractions including a movie theater, a factory outlet store, and a few other odds and ends that we hadn't counted on stumbling across. In a nutshell, this is Chinese suburbia, and you'll curse the day you opted to buy an e-bike instead of a gas-guzzling SUV for a drive out to this part of town. We meandered across the expanse of plentiful parking spaces and found Gushui Renjia to be a welcome sight with its well-stocked bar and a thoughtfully laid out dining area offering lots of room to stretch out and relax. Our meal started with a cold dish - mysteriously reminiscent of a signature dish from another popular venue - which featured tofu skins wrapped around a mix of steamed vegetables, and tied at the top with a band of scallion. We also had another cold version of savory eggplant in sauce, and a large bowl of chicken soup with the whole bird curled up inside. The real winner for us was their excellent steamed fish platter, which was made up of very large slices of tender white fish, bathed in a rich sauce and a good handful of fresh flower peppers. Another nice touch during the meal was the generous servings of cold drinks, as well as the fact that the wait staff actually seemed to be interested in figuring out what you might want to eat, going so far as to offer suggestions when asked! This alone makes it worth checking out, and we hope Gushui Renjia keeps up the good work for a long time to come. Prices average 20RMB for starters, with most main dishes falling within the 25-45 RMB range.

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Grand Canal Plaza, 488 Xiaohe Road

0571 8676 6319

Opening Hours:
9:30am - 2pm, 4pm - 8:30pm
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