It’s only a 15-minute drive from Hangzhou to 'Dragon Well' Manor but, surrounded by vast, emerald-green tea plantations, it feels a world away from the city of ten-million residents. Rather than a dining room, eight private rooms await, offering uninterrupted views out over serene gardens. Chef-owner Dai Jianjun, a pioneer in Slow Food, builds up close relationships with small farmers and keeps a meticulous record of all transactions. Country-style dishes on the fixed menu include such delights as ‘Mum’s pork’ – tender and rich with soy – and black carp from the nearby river Qiantang.
- Tasting menu from $250
- Lunch and dinner: open by reservation only
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399 Longjing Road, Hangzhou, 311 500