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Hangzhou’s Wai Po Jia June 14, 2011

Posted by pacejmiller in China, Food, Reviews, Travel.
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One of the most popular restaurants in Hangzhou is the chain Wai Po Jia (translated to mean ‘Grandmother’s House’), and it was on our list of places to visit during our trip there.  Actually, we enjoyed it so much that we ended up going twice.

Unlike Lou Wai Lou (reviewed here), which is one of the more expensive options, Wai Po Jia is a mid-range restaurant in terms of price (don’t worry, it’s still clean).  But in terms of flavours and variety, I preferred Wai Po Jia a lot more.

The unique thing with Wai Po Jia was that each of the restaurants in the chain has a different theme/look.  If you don’t look at the sign you’ll probably think it’s a completely different restaurant.

The best thing with Wai Po Jia is the amazing variety.  Going through the massive menu with hundreds of colour photos is an experience in itself.  It took us a good 20 minutes of looking, asking and debating to decide what it was we wanted to order on both visits.

As for the taste of the food, also very good, extremely varied in terms of texture and flavour.  Not every dish was a homerun but none were horrible.  Definitely more suited to foreigners than some of the other local restaurants.  I mean, just check out the 16 photo slideshow above.  Do I need to say anymore?

In all, a place I can happily recommend.

8 out of 10!


1. uioae - June 15, 2011

Can you describe the photos? They look *incredible*!

pacejmiller - June 15, 2011

Okay, let me give it a go.

Dry noodles with oil and sauce
Roast pork slices
Scallops with vermicelli
A shelled sea creature of some kind, tasted chewy
Dry wontons
Stir-fried rice cakes
Stewed fresh chicken
Fish soup
Flat shallot pastry
Stewed eggplant
Mapo Tofu
Hot plate fatty pork
Stir fry cauliflower
Hot plate beef ribs
Steamed fish
Pan-fried pastry with hoisin sauce

uioae - June 16, 2011

Awesome! Thanks!

The stewed eggplants looked the best.

And the chewy shelled sea creature looked like scallops… delicious scallops… mmm…

Guess what I had for dinner tonight? Potato chips. A whole bag of potato chips.

pacejmiller - June 16, 2011

What happened to your health trip?

2. Rex Chung - June 16, 2011
pacejmiller - June 16, 2011

When did you go to Hangzhou?? That does look good man.

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4. Maggie - July 17, 2011

May I know where’s the address of Wai Po Jia? Thanks

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