Qianliang Hutong / West Alley No. 10 / near the National Art Museum / Chaonei
/ the hutong is difficult to find so be sure to have the phone number handy for your driver to call
/ Tue-Sun, 11am-11pm / +86 10 8400 2699
The brains behind Beijing’s popular Stone Boat restaurant as well as Thai favourite Tuk Tuk, owners Amy Li and Jonathan Ansfield certainly learned a thing or two about running successful Asian-inspired eateries. But despite the culinary diversity of the Chinese capital, authentic Vietnamese cuisine is woefully underrepresented, and it was a gastronomic call Li and Ansfield were perfectly placed to answer with their new restaurant Susu. Housed in an elegant hutong conversion courtesy of Kupa Studios, the charming restaurant features limed floorboards, original rustic beamed ceilings, and vast plate glass doors that open out onto the sunny decked courtyard.
The two chefs, imported specially from Saigon, serve up a Viet greatest hits menu with a deft and aromatic pho, fresh-baked banh mi and popular crispy banh xeo at lunch, and no less than a dozen different variations of spring rolls, either freshly rolled or DIY and ready to assemble. If you’ve never travelled to Vietnam, now is your chance to sample a great cha ca thang long, the heavenly combination of herb-y, saffron fried fish cooked over coals, with peanuts, spring onions and lashings of dill. The only trouble you are likely to have is snagging a table for dinner (book well ahead) and then finding the restaurant – keep your concierge on speed dial!