GRANDMAS, reads the bright neon lit sign outside Waipo Jia (外婆家; Grandma’s Home) restaurant. With its humble Hangzhou beginnings, Waipo Jia now has multiple locations in Nanjing and other major cities around China; bringing Hangzhou style food across the country.
Not only does this restaurant offer more on the menu than that of your average Tiantian Jia (天天家餐; Everyday Chinese Food), prices are more than reasonable. Inside, decor is something of which to take note, featuring an up-cycled, industrial look that is dark and cozy, while inviting and pleasantly spacious.
With an extensive menu it seems diners at Waipo Jia have fun selecting a variety of dishes, as no one table appears to order the same thing. The Nanjinger particularly enjoyed the “Waipo BBQ Chicken” (¥38), the flavorsome “Potato Xiang Che Tudou” (¥10), “Garlic Shrimps” (¥48) and “Garlic and Ginger Chicken” (¥18).
Also to be found on the menu are the classic expat favourites “Kung Pao Chicken”, spring rolls and fried rice, among others. At Waipo Jia, pints of cold Tiger come cheap at ¥10, with wine and juice options available too. Desserts are plentiful and look delicious.
The downside to this place is a product of its popularity; the restaurant does not take reservations, so getting in quick is a must. One rather busy Saturday night, The Nanjinger once waited longer than 30 minutes, ticket in hand, before giving up. However, on most nights the service is quick and the change over fast. Grandma’s Home is an excellent choice for those of us just looking for some “back – home style” cheap Chinese food with a nice atmosphere.
Waipo Jia is located on the 8th floor of Xinjiekou’s Xinbai Mall. It is open from 10:30 – 2pm and 4:30pm to 9pm. 中山南路3号南京新百A座8楼. Tel: 52431787. Other locations around town.