Named for the down-and-out protagonist of a short story by Lu Xun (one of China's most famous writers), the exhaustive menu at this elegant restaurant features dishes from Lu's hometown of Shaoxing, near Shanghai. Expect light, delicate offerings such as longjing xiaren—plump, peeled shrimp poached in aromatic green tea until ethereally soft. Also served is a wide selection of the region's famed huangjiu (sweet rice wine); it comes in heated silver pots and you sip from a shallow ceramic cup. The peaceful lakeside location is a perfect launching point for an after-dinner stroll; private rooms on the second floor have balconies with lovely lake views.
Southwest shore of Houhai, Deshengmennei Dajie, Beijing, 100035, China