Usually known as “Da Sonia” after the name of its nice owner – which you will surely recognize on the several pictures hanging on the walls – Hang Zhou is one of the most popular – and my favorite – Chinese restaurants in Rome.
Originally set in a very small and lively place at nr. 33 of San Martino ai Monti street, just a stone’s throw from the current location, Hang Zhou was often very crowded and you couldn’t expect to get a table without queuing for at least 15 minutes.
In 2010 Hang Zhou moved to a new, huge space near piazza Vittorio; the friendly atmosphere is unaltered, which makes it a place frequented by a wide range of clients: either celebs, students, intellectuals or local workers.
The prices are just slightly above the average of other Chinese restaurants, but still very cheap: a complete meal costs around € 20 per person, and the food is great.
What I personally suggest – and love! – are their grilled dumplings and the black rice dish. I also adore the ritual of the Fortune Cookie you are given when you ask for the bill (I’ve collected a number of them, like amulets!).
A tip: after moving to the new location the original one was taken over by a Sushi Bar, but since that didn’t work out very well Sonia eventually took the place back; so, if you don’t have a reservation and the new location is too crowded… just head towards their original address and you’ll probably get a table without queuing!