It was the first Chinese restaurant ever awarded three stars by the Michelin Guide. And absolutely everything about this place—the dumplings, the tea, the barbecue pork and goose, the service, the china, the linens—is truly extraordinary. Bottom line: This isn’t merely one of the best Chinese restaurants in the world, it’s one of the best restaurants in the world, period. Here’s a quick snapshot of my recent lunch.
Brad A. Johnson is a writer and photographer specializing in food and travel. His work has been honored repeatedly by the James Beard Awards, the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards, the pdn Food Photography Awards and many others. Based in Southern California, Brad currently serves as restaurant critic for the Orange County Register.