A private room at Jin Sha at the Four Seasons hotel in Hangzhou. The restaurant received a three-diamond rating – the highest possible – in the 2018 Black Pearl Restaurant Guide, a guide to the best restaurants in China published by Meituan-Dianping. Photos: Cedric Tan

Why Michelin shouldn’t make China restaurant guides and the ones locals are more likely to turn to

  • Michelin inspectors unlikely to appreciate the many styles of Chinese cuisine, say Chinese foodies and industry experts
  • Guides like the Black Pearl book are known for adopting a more Chinese perspective. Plus: Black Pearl’s 10 top rated restaurants in China.
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A private room at Jin Sha at the Four Seasons hotel in Hangzhou. The restaurant received a three-diamond rating – the highest possible – in the 2018 Black Pearl Restaurant Guide, a guide to the best restaurants in China published by Meituan-Dianping. Photos: Cedric Tan
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Elaine Yau

Elaine Yau

Based in Beijing, Elaine is a senior reporter on the culture desk. She covers food, fashion, travel, health and fitness, music, film and TV, arts, lifestyle, as well as insider tips on the best of Beijing. She studied translation in Hong Kong and taught secondary English before joining the South China Morning Post.