Restaurant Reviews

Spot on or Not on? Boton Restaurant

For six years I have dined in and written about countless venues, around the many townships of Dongguan. There is one restaurant that has regularly reared its head. “Boton” may

A Little Slice of Lagos: Caleb Pizza & Cafe

After numerous complaints from its residents following a pronunciation mix up of the written characters, the neighborhood formally known as “Hadi” is now officially called “Gedi,” with all metro signs

Taste the Real DG: Lao Guancheng Restaurant

Walking along Zhen Hua Road, a sweet smell hangs in the air, coming from a pot of tong bat lat (glutinous rice balls boiled in hot syrup) and by a

Purple Buns and All: Homie Hot Dog

We can talk about fine dining another time, because this place deserves its acclaim this month—Homie Hot Dog in Moon Bay Plaza, Dongcheng. With such a catchy name, yes, it

America in Houjie: Dreams

Houjie struggles to cater to Western palates compared to bountiful Dongcheng, so it was a pleasant surprise when I recently heard that it has its first restaurant-bar run by a

South-East Eats: Saigon (Houjie)

Welcome to “Saigon,” the former title of the city that Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh’s name was bestowed upon in 1976. The restaurant is situated on Houjie Avenue, adjacent to

Food & Fate: Destiny Coffee

Back home, it is often the case whereby getting together with family on a Sunday for coffee and breakfast at a local restaurant is the norm, before going straight back

A Winning Menu: A-One (Dongcheng)

Yes! Dongguan finally has a sports restaurant that absolutely gets what its customers want. And they deliver in spades, make no mistake. Upon walking in, you’re straight away struck by

Lunch/Dinner, Anytime: AnyThai (Nancheng)

Man, I firmly believe the food that remains among the best in the world is most certainly Thai, defined really by its light touch, spicy edge and strong aromas. When

Chang’an Naan: Taj Mahal (Chang’an)

Most readers will probably have heard of Chang’an town, way down on Dongguan’s southern border with Shenzhen. For those that haven’t, it is actually one of the more modern and