Family Li Imperial Cuisine restaurant is the most famous restaurant in Yangfang Hutong, Houhai.
Family Li serves imperial cuisine made with recipes and processing techniques handed down from ancestors. The current owner is Li Shanling. His grandfather Li Zijia (厉子嘉) was deeply trusted by Empress Dowager Cixi and was appointed supervisor of the Imperial Household Department in charge of the meals for the royal family. He approved all the daily menus and tasted all the dishes before they were served to the empress and the emperor. He memorized every recipe he read, and wrote them down when he came home. As he grew older, he sorted out a set of recipes for use in the restaurant.
Family Li only serves dinner to ten people every day. If you want to have a taste, you need to make a reservation a few days in advance. The daily menu is informational only, you are not allowed to order your meal of choice. Family Li will present you with a meal suited for an emperor. Many celebrities have enjoyed such a meal, including Bill Gates, Muhammad Ali, former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke and others.
Address: 11 Yangfang Hutong, Deshengmen, Xicheng District 西城区德胜门大街羊坊胡同11号