Soon, it was our last day in Chengdu. By the time we checked out our room and left our luggage at the lobby, it was too late for breakfast. We hopped into a taxi and went for brunch.
DaRongHe(大蓉和) was not only a name of a Chinese restaurant, it was a food business that owned an imposing building in this food street.
The street was none other than the famous Yipintianxia Commercial Food Street, JinNiu(金牛区一品天下美食商业街）. Chengdu government had gathered all the good reputation restaurants in this street.
We were told that the restaurant would only open at 12 noon, but then we could have some Chinese tea at their tea room while waiting.
Everyone ordered Pu Er(普耳）, recommended by the waitress. It was awesome, with natural and soothing aroma. But later we found out that it was the most expensive Chinese tea that we ever had, each cup was charged at RMB68. There were other cheaper tea options, but we did not pay attention to the price. Anyway, this was definitely the higher grade Pu Er.
We also ordered a bowl of noodles to share. The great bite and springy noodle offered good mouth feel. The environment in the tea house was so relaxing. It would be better if we could have more time to enjoy our expensive cup of Pu Er.
When it was 12, we moved to their Chinese restaurant at another floor. The beautiful and classy ambiance in the restaurant promised a comfortable and luxury dining experience.
The menu was in photobook style. All the dishes looked so inviting!
Steamed Bighead Carp Head with Chili and Red Pepper(开门红） at RMB58 was one of their signature dishes. If you were scared by the red chilies, scare not. This restaurant served tasty fusion Sichuan dishes which was less spicy.
The other signature dish was Bull Catfish Casserole(石锅三角峰), also priced at RMB58. The previous dish used a lot of red chilies and this dish used a lot of green chilies.
We were indecisive between the two fish dishes, red or green?
We went for green. It was a plate of sizzling green chilies when it was served. The whole plate was covered with green chilies.
The noodles had great springy texture. I actually suspected if they were the same noodles as the bowl we had at their tea room. But the photos told me that they were not the same. :)
The little fish was fresh and sweet, mild spicy with the nice aroma of green chili.
The bone dish（一把骨） was also a must. I left out the menu for this dish, but I remember it was priced at RMB10. The price was for one serving, and glad that we ordered one for each person. This dish was surprisingly good, the meat, tendon and bone marrow were so flavorful, creamy and gelatinous.
Next dish was Ronghe Jar(蓉和一品罐）, priced at RMB68. The waitress did present the dish in jar, exactly like the left picture in the menu. She then poured it into the plate in front of us. I did not able to capture that as I was enjoying my piece of bone.
I could only said that this was a jar of goodness in great gravy. Thumbs up to the chefs in RongHe.
The last dish we had was Steamed Silver Pout Meatball(四喜银鳕鱼狮子头） at RMB68.
Luckily we were in a group of four, because the dish had only 4 meatballs. Just perfect!
It was not the normal pork meat balls, it was a mixture of codfish and pork. Nicely done. We almost wanted to order another plate.
It was definitely a great meal. The bill for four came to a total of RMB240, which was about RM30 per person. There was no way to find similar restaurant with such reasonable price in Malaysia. I would like to recommend this 5-star restaurant with 3-star price to everyone that travel to Chengdu. Give yourself a treat!
Shuhan Road Yipintianxia Commercial Food Street Session B Block 1, JinNiu