If I asked you to imagine what the bestrestaurant might be in a small idyllic town that’s so Chinese they put it onthe 20 RMB note, you’d probably think that it would be a Chinese restaurant,right?
Wrong. So very, very wrong. The problemwith Chinese cuisine in Yangshuo is that it’s like Chinese food you can getanywhere else in the country, except fucking terrible. It’s like they ordertheir dishes from out of province, hand-strain all the flavour and succulenceout of them, and then throw the limp, bland remains on a plate for stupid laowai tourists who don’t know anybetter. Chinese food from Yangshuo is like a birthday cake fromZinedine Zidane.
I digress. The point is that the best restaurant in this picturesque Chinese hamlet is not Chinese at all, but Indian. It is, indeed, Namo Namo.
Possibly the greatest accomplishment of theBritish Empire was systematically invading places that had better food than usand then nicking it. This is no truer than in the case of India. They gottrains, bureaucracy and oppression, and we got the world’s finest food.
Namo Namo does all the typical dishes you’d expect of an Indian, but rarely for Indian restaurants in China, they do it really fucking well. All your tikka masala and vindaloo needs are covered, and they have the standard array of Indian starters such as samosas, chat, papadums et cetera.
Some British expats have continued the oppressionof Indians by forcing them to add thick-cut chips with vinegar to theirunofficial menu, and if you ask nicely they might accommodate bespoke orders.
With their change in locale (see below)they’ve added a new item to the menu: pizza!
Namo Namo just upgraded from their cosy former place to a much larger one across the road; a good call since it got pretty crowded on most evenings! The paintings and murals, designed and painted by a local (expat) artist are colourful and super Indian, and it’s clean and spacious inside.
Foreign food ain’t cheap in China, but Namo Namo’s not crazy expensive. Expect to pay 40-50 RMB for a curry with rice, 15 RMB for a Tsingtao and 20-30 RMB for a starter.
Namo Namo’s on a road so small it doesn’t even have a name, but it’s sandwiched between Guihua Road and Diecui Road, near West Street. Just get to the Diecui Road entrance to the West Street area and hang a left past the bike rental area.
Super friendly owners Aki and Nari are awesomeand will take care of your every need. They also speak Chinese if you happen tobe Chinese and somehow still reading this page despite not speaking English.