No. 16 Courtyard Restaurant Review, Beijing, China

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

No. 16 Courtyard Restaurant

Houhai Dajinsi Hutong 4

Beijing, China, CA

8625-2725

No. 16 Courtyard Restaurant Website

Chinese name: 后海16号美食会所

No 16 Courtyard Restaurant Beijing China Outside

No. 16 Courtyard Restaurant is a quaint little restaurant hidden in the touristy Hutong area most people tour on bike coaches. It is near Shisha Houhai lake, north of the Yundian bridge. The specialize in Imperial Chinese Cuisine, the best of all China. Tiny restaurant with only a couple tables, so reservations are a must. Be warned that tables usually have a minimum food charge. Our large table had a huge 3000RMB minimum. We happened to strolling at lunchtime without a reservation and lucked out in finding a table available. They host many private banquets.

No 16 Courtyard Restaurant Beijing China Courtyard

Courtyard

No 16 Courtyard Restaurant Beijing China Interior

Decor, Vibe – This is an oasis away from noisy, busy Beijing. A quiet modest courtyard with just a couple private dining rooms. Lots of traditional Chinese art, furniture, paintings, and carvings.

Menu Pictures (Click to zoom into any picture)

No 16 Courtyard Restaurant Beijing China Menu 2

Cold Appetizer menu

Full Menu

Picks:

No 16 Courtyard Restaurant Beijing China Salad

Mixed Green Salad with several kinds of greens, tomatoes, peanuts and lots of cilantro was very fresh and had some really nice tasting Chinese peanuts. Lite soy dressing.

No 16 Courtyard Restaurant Beijing China Lotus Root stuffed with sweet rice

Steamed Lotus Root stuffed with sweet sticky rice (18¥) was a dish we’ve never tried. It was in a sugary sauce so it was pretty sweet. A very refreshing summer dish.

No 16 Courtyard Restaurant Beijing China Oyster Mushrooms with beef

Oyster Mushrooms with braised beef (48¥) looked like chow fun but was fantastic due to its complex flavors. Thinly sliced mushrooms, fair tasting beef (USA beef is the best!), couple veggies like carrots.

No 16 Courtyard Restaurant Beijing China Shrimp

Royal dish – Fried Prawns (68¥) with Chinese tea leaves. Eat them in the shell. Very fresh with a subtle tea flavor.

No 16 Courtyard Restaurant Beijing China Buddha Jumps Over The Wall

Royal Dish – Buddha jumps over the wall (398¥) (Fat Tiu Cheung) is so called because this expensive dish is so good that it will cause that to occur. Single serving of broth with abalone, sharks fin, sea cucumber, Turtle egg, Fish maw, Deer Tendon. Complex flavor, thick but not creamy broth. It was cooked for over 4 hours.

No 16 Courtyard Restaurant Beijing China Sweet and sour pork

Sauteed pork and pineapple with sweet and sour sauce – Lots of pork lightly egg battered and mixed in with some pineapple. Crunchy and tender meat, and nicely sweetish sauce.

OK:

No 16 Courtyard Restaurant Beijing China Vegetables in oyster sauce

Sauteed Chinese Vegetables (28¥) in Oyster sauce were cooked fine and were fresh.

No 16 Courtyard Restaurant Beijing China Yang Zhao Fried Rice

Yang zhao style Fried Rice (20¥) was fair and mushy. It uses local northern rice that is a little sticky. Lots of Egg, scallions, pea, and Chinese sausage were present.

Pans:

No 16 Courtyard Restaurant Beijing China Camel hump

Royal dish – Sauteed Camel’s hump (108¥) with black mushrooms and broccoli. Slightly spicy sauce. The gelatinous meat was very rubbery.

No. 16 Courtyard Restaurant had very good service with a server dedicated to our room. The server disappeared from time to time though. The food can be expensive but this was a nice lesson on what Chinese Imperial cuisine is. You pay a premium for the quiet secluded location though. This restaurant is best for those who have finished a tour of the nearby lakes and Hutong. A cheaper bet might be the Taiwan Hotel Imperial Restaurant. English descriptions on the menu.

No. 16 Courtyard Restaurant Overall Rating: (Excellent 3)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Excellent)
Service Rating: (Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Excellent)
Value Rating: (Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Beer, Wine
Attire:Casual
Hours:11am - 10:30pm
Parking:Street
Reservations:Yes
Prices:18 - 1280 ¥

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