Out of this world, exquisite, unbelievably good-tasting meat on a stick. This is not your two-a-penny BBQ vendor to be found peddling rat meat outside VIP Room at 3am, the food at Naughty Barbecue (táo qì shāo kǎo – 淘气烧烤) will blow your head off. Better yet, the owner, Hán Lóng, and his girlfriend, Polly (Zhū Mǐn), are so friendly and cool that you’ll be happy to spend as much money here as you can, which still won’t be very much.
The prices are the same as anywhere else, but the selection is wider. You’d be crazy not to try qié zi (egg plant), suàn miáo (garlic shoots), xiāng gū (shiitake mushrooms), tǔ dòu (potato), and yáng ròu (mutton). Easiest way to order is to point at what you want — they also have a Chinese menu which we translated here.
They are open from 5-6pm through to 4-5am. The location is a stone’s throw from Xīntiāndì which means Friday and Saturday nights are busy as hell. The address is 4 Héféi Lù just to the West of Jínán Lù. (That is a cross road but it is made from three roads — weird, the other road is Zhàozhōu Lù).
Cross-posted at likealocal.