Friday, 19 January 2018

Beijing Eats| Hutong Pizza

As you can image, Beijing is a hotbed of some of the most amazing restaurants. The thing with being a yo-yo dieter, is that I've basically spent the last 3 years on a diet (and not re ally getting anywhere) so we've not tried the long list of restaurants that we've curated over the last 3 years.

But you're on a diet now I hear you say. Yes, I am! But I'm also being realistic and not letting it take over my life. Also, just thought I'd drop it in here, today if my first official weigh day since I started my diet last week and I've lost 7 1/2 pounds! It's safe to say that I am a) very happy and b) definitely deserved a treat (albeit a rather large and yummy treat!)

so you will notice from the photos that the Hutong are pretty divey, definitely not your luxurious 5 star restaurant, but many of Beijing's hidden gems are located in the Hutong and Hutong Pizza was definitely one of them. When it comes to Beijing and some of Beijing's grottier areas (because let's be honest, there are many) I'm the first to refuse to step foot in food places, but The Hutong was clean and as Western as a Chinese run restaurant in Beijing can get, despite the typical Hutongness outside of the restaurant. Also, for the anti-squatter toilet crew, they have a western toilet. Anybody who has experienced squatties will understand the relief of this! And actually, the Hutongs are my favourite places to explore in Beijing because they are real China. If you're looking for culture and a real Chinese experience then the Hutongs are the place to go.

Anyway, back to Hutong Pizza! The have a pretty extensive menu with pizzas, pasta, salads and jacket potatoes. I mean, I could have got salad, but as a girl who loves food, and pizza in particular, it just wasn't going to happen and I don't have one bit of guilt. 7 and a 1/2 pound people! We opted for a 1/2 and 1/2 pizza to share, choosing Hawaiian and spicy beef. Note to self, when ordering spicy in Beijing, it actually means Chinese spicy, not Western spicy. There is a very big difference! The pizza was one of the best I've had. It has everything a good pizza should have - lots of topping, lots of cheese and it wasn't dripping in grease. Basically the best combination for a pizza right?

The actual restaurant itself is really cool too. Like many restaurants in the Hutongs, it was really unique, which is what makes eating in the Hutongs so special. They take photos when guests from new countries come and pin them on the wall, creating a wall of visitors. They also have feedback and comments handwritten on post-it notes which they pin around the restaurant. There were also lots of drawings and pictures made by diners which they displayed around the restaurant. As I said earlier, it was quite Western inside, but has just enough Chinese touches to keep it's authenticity, such as large wooden tables and chairs and hints of red and Chinese decor.

So, in summary of this essay, Hutong Pizza is awesome! Go and sample the best pizza in Beijing (that I've had) right this second!

Have you sampled Hutong Pizza? What did you think? Do you have any other Beijing restaurant recommendations? Let me know!


  1. I've never tried Hutong Pizza. One of our favorite things to do when we travel and try the local cuisine.

  2. I love that kind of pizza. I've always like square pizza instead circle pizza, I feel you get more pizza, which is always better.

  3. This sounds so delicious, added to the bucket list!

  4. This pizza looks super tasty! I'd love to visit Beijing too.

  5. I never eaten hutong pizza, I will try it when I have the chance.

  6. Congrats on your 7 and a half pounds girl!!

    Yum this looks so good! I order pizza way too often, but it is so worth it!

    1. Thanks Brooklyn, I definitely deserved the pizza ;-) I know what you mean - whenever I'm having a cheat day pizza is always my go-to food. Or cake!


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