A new, semi-regular blog series where we introduce the restaurants that are whipping up hype on China’s favorite review website: Dianping.

Tangci Chongqing Noodles
Dianping rank (as of Aug 4): 10
Average rating: 4/5 stars (321 reviews)

A proper hutong eatery serving Chongqing-style noodles with a variety of toppings such as minced meat or braised intestines. They also have outside seating.

Users say: “The noodles are pretty authentic; I was satisfied and I'm from Chongqing. The wanza noodles aren't that spicy, so people who can't eat spice would probably be fine too. Lots of people and the air conditioning is not that strong.” (scofieldbj)

Tangci Chongqing Noodles 唐瓷重庆小面
16 Xiang’er Hutong, Dongcheng District (186 0122 2271)

Re La Yi Hao
Dianping rank (as of August 4): 5
Average rating: 4/5 stars (312 reviews)

If this becomes a regular blog column, you will notice at least one hot pot restaurant is in the top five or top ten on Dianping at any one time. Go figure ...

Users say: “Not bad overall, although if they don't have a special deal on it's a little bit expensive. Good flavor.” (退役女编辑)

Re La Yi Hao 热辣壹号
2/F Tunsanli Mall, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District (5613 6388)

Pangu Seven Star Hotel Buffet Restaurant
Dianping rank (as of Aug 4): 18
Average rating: 4.5/5 stars (1145 reviews)

The centerpiece of the buffet is a mountain of Boston lobsters. Well, you would wouldn't you?

Users say: "The mountain of lobsters is right there as you come in the door. It's a bit show off-y and the price is quite high; better save it for a special occasion." (_靓_靓)

Pangu Seven Star Hotel Buffet Restaurant 盘古七星级店自助餐厅
2/F, Pangu Hotel, 27 Beisihuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District (5906 7002)

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