Aimo Town 埃蒙小镇
Fangjia Hutong restaurant is full of ethnic minority accessories, with a long menu of Yunnan dishes geared towards groups - a big wooden bucket of fried rice gratin (RMB 15) is the ideal starchy complement to tender suanla quanyu (酸辣全鱼, RMB 42) – a whole fish in a sour and spicy sauce. No meal should begin here without a dish of palate-cleansing boheye, crunchy mint leaves dressed in sesame oil (RMB 16). Service is efficient.
- Andingmen 安定门
- Bldg G, 46 Fangjia Hutong (just south of Guozijian Jie), Dongcheng District
- 东城区方家胡同46号艺术园区 (国子监南临) G座
- Daily 11am-10pm
- 6400 1725
- ¥¥¥ 50-80 per person
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User reviews of Aimo Town 埃蒙小镇
First of all, leaving for Guangzhou, I was really excited about having my going away party in Aimo town. I made a reservation, but they put down the wrong date, and admitted this after first lying about us not reserving it. Afterwards, we had to eat outside because the top floor was packed.
We eventually ate outside in the freezing cold and as two more friends came back, they complained about having too many people. Then, they served all of the food at one table and half the table didnt get enough food.
They complained about having to serve us after making a mistake and didn't offer any way of fixing it, or any renmumeration. I give them an F.
I have stumbled upon this place by mistake, so there were no expectations to meet. By the time I managed to unglue my eyes and hands from the colourful selection of traditional jewelry greeting everyone at the entrance, my appetite was pretty high.
Aimo Town did not disappoint. I had a wonderful experience with most aspects of their restaurant. The spicy Yunnan dish selection was delish (recommend their tofu dishes for the tofu lovers), the portion sizes were generous and the cozy atmosphere was perfect for my lazy mood. However, the service, as per usual case in Beijing, could do better if their staff smiled occasionally.
To sum it up below. Pictures of my dish selection included.
Atmosphere: The dim lights, uneven wooden furniture and coloured tapestries make it cozy & relaxed.
Portion Size: Medium (3 dishes would fill up two people easily)
I can understand gripes about the service. First time I went, it was 3 in the afternoon and the fu seemed pissed that we were interrupting her xiuxi.
But, we liked the food. The fried fish, minty leaves, potato rice, and yunnanese ham and peppers were all lip-smacking good (though yes, a bit on the salty side). Air pot chicken soup (qiguo jitang) was delicioussss: clean clear broth, amazing chicken flavor (but inconsistent...other times i've had it have not been quite so perfect, sometimes too cloudy, sometimes way too salty).
Sad thing is, our grumpy fu told us they were out of those glorious fried rice gratin things, then we watched her bring out a bucket to the table next to us. Not ok.
But luckily, the couple who got the bucket were super nice and encouraged us to try some of theirs. Those light crispy rice things pretty much sealed my next visit. I then went through a period of a few weeks where every time I was sorta in the vicinity of Fangjia hutong, I'd convince people to go there. And everyone we've brought has loved it.
Of course, if it's ever made you sick, that's reason enough to not like it, but it hasn't happened to me.
Everybody make sure to wash your hands before you eat? :P
I was browsing the directory to look up an address and was a little surprised to see such a low rating for this place. I guess with only 4 total reviews, 2 one stars from the same person/group can do a lot of damage. I can't count how many times I've been to this place with the only stomach pains being from overeating.
That being said, I really love this place! Unlike most of my haunts, this place is actually consistent in quality. NOT to say that it is Michelin star quality but I know I can always expect a good, filling meal. The mint leaves a great start. I'm vegetarian and can attest that all the veg dishes are slammin' and the chou doufu not too chou if you're into that. Other friends have commented that the meats are good too (although a bit spicy, so be prepared if you have a weak stomach). The service is typical of any Chinese place and it gets really crowded on weekends but I don't really consider those drawbacks in comparison with other places in Beijing.
Sad this place had a low rating. I've been here twice recently and haven't had any problems whatsoever so give it a second chance!
Last night me and a group of friends visited this restaurant. The interior is nice, the waitresses are ... ok (we were there on a slow night and the attitude of the waitress serving us was not the best, can just imagine what it would be like on a busy night). The good thing about the food is that it arrived quickly, but just not as quickly as it passed through our systems though.
All 6 of us are still suffering the aftermaths of the food, I cannot recommend this place.
Though I have to say I really enjoyed the potato bing (kind of hash browns).
Went with a bunch of friends last night.
Not sure what they did to the food but we all had pretty uncomfortable nights of bad sleep and are suffering this morning.
The food was passable (not great at all) at the time but the consequences certainly aren't.
Quick food... Quick cramps...
I've been to Aimo Town twice now, and on my second visit the place was packed to the point where we had to wait for around 20 minutes for a table.
On the plus side this place has a great atmosphere, with a cosy timber decor and lots of folksy-style handicrafts and pictures on the walls, mixed in with the odd poster of Mao. The staff are very friendly and accommodating, and the food is really cheap.
On the down side, some of the dishes are very heavy on the salt, to the point where I was put off finishing some of them.
The mint salad is excellent though, as is the dry beef rice noodle dish.
A word of warning - the menu features pictures, but no English or pinyin, and the staff don't speak English. So if you don't speak any Chinese best to go with a local friend.
Was packed to the rafters a couple of weekends ago when I went with friends for dinner. No complaints about the food, nor the modest bill at the end. Good atmosphere, and a sign that Fangjia 46 is pretty hot right now. Was also in Trainspotting recently and by 9.30pm it was almost full.