Anyone familiar with the original Jiang Nan Yi, nestled in the foothills off Nanshan Road, should be pleased to hear they’ve opened a new location at the new Dadou Road Cultural Area. That’s right, the little restaurant that packs big flavor into all its delicious dishes, has a brand new location, and it’s big enough to handle the lunch rush their food usually generates.
Nothing, but a canal-side promenade, separates Jiang Nan Yi from the water’s edge. Large windows fill the open dining-area with natural light, and encourage people watching. Seating is intimate, but not intrusive. Though the styling is minimalist in approach, considering their environs, it seems wise they chose not to steal focus. Is the Grand Canal not grand enough for you, your highness?
The beef and potato hash (酸菜土豆炖牛肉) at 38RMB, looked like a pile of puke served in shallow earthenware, but was pretty good, if you can get over the appearance. In their defense, really good hash is not much more appealing to look at. It’s an aesthetically unappealing food in general, but this seemed a little overcooked nonetheless. The bacon and lotus stir-fried with hot peppers (腊肉炒藕片) at 22RMB was equal parts light, savory, and spicy. The sweetness of the lotus melded quite well with the hot pepper spice, and kept you going back for more. The pork-ribs served in fermented tofu sauce (南乳子排), 30RMB, were delicious. The ribs were tender and the fermented tofu sauce may not sound appealing, but was really good. If you’re a fan of mala, their signature dish, the Peppered Chicken, or jiaomaji (椒麻鸡), at 68RMB should be right up your alley. It’s hot, spicy, and numbing, and that’s to say nothing of the delicious chicken contained therein. The soup of this dish is a real treat if you like your soups bold as morning bourbon. We offset the strength of these dishes with the subtle Vegetables Fried with niangao (18RMB), which proved to be the ideal palate cleanser and spice absorber.
They’ve got a full line drink options, but if you like beer, then Jiang Nan Yi, is going to blow you away, as they have one of the best beer selections we’ve seen in Hangzhou. They offer over 20 types of beer, both domestic and imported, including Stella Artois, Leffe, Duvel, Chimay, Maredsous, Delerium Tremens, and Paulaner on draught. Unfortunately, the entire menu is in Chinese, so we’ve taken the liberty of translating the beer section for you, so you don’t have to guess. You’re welcome. Parking is available.