I’ve been hearing rumors of a new French Restaurant for the last few months. We’d heard some great things about it, but let’s be honest, any kind of Western food will get us excited these days. Well, we finally got to try it out (after our little misadventure the first time we tried to go). It is seriously wonderful food! And it’s one of those places that as soon as you step through the door you forget you’re in China.
I love those places.
Don’t get me wrong. I really like China. But even still, sometimes it’s nice to feel like you’ve walked through a little time warp and ended up in a little French cafe, far away from the horns and crowds and hustle and bustle.
Le Lys is located just south of the Kingdom Hotel (Jin du Hotel). It’s tucked down a little alley so you have to be watching for it, but it’s not too difficult to find.
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They have a nice wine list as you would expect. And bread is served while you wait for your meal.
The prices were a little on the expensive side for a normal night out for us in Shenyang, but I definitely thought they were fair for the meal. Probably still a little less than you’d pay for an equivalent night out in the US. You can expect to spend around 150-200 RMB per person, not including any wine or cocktails.
None of us could decide what to order so we did a little thing we’ve learned since living in China for so long. We all ordered something different and passed it around! I just love that about China. It’s something I always miss when I’m back in the US… “You mean, I have to choose just one dish?” Ordering a sampler for the table is a great way to dine.
We ordered a steak.
And duck with orange sauce.
And a rack of lamb (which I didn’t manage to get a photo of.)
And lamb chops!
It’s so nice to have good friends who are willing to share their lamb chops!
Speaking of, I’m still not sure what we’re going to do without these two partners in crime. They’re heading back home to South Africa in just a few weeks. It is the best and worst thing about expat life. Meeting so many awesome people who become like family in such a short amount of time.
And then it’s time to go home again.
But I digress.
Le Lys is definitely a great place for a fancy night out with amazing food and a fantastic atmosphere.
And even better when you bring along great company to share it with!