Guangzhou Restaurant Review: 1906

By Ryan Gandolfo, December 31, 2018

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The Place

Creative eats restaurant 1906 is located on Tianhe Dong Lu, perpendicular to Taikoo Hui, and boasts an eye-grabbing storefront. The Tianhe location, 1906’s third and newest eatery, is adorned with a terrazzo finish that adds some artistic flavor while foregoing the three extra tables that could have been added to boost revenue on their busiest nights.

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The Food

We took to 1906’s menu with an open mind, like other customers strolling in for the first time. Their menu displays a pleasant selection of Thai-style dishes ranging from fresh seafood and fried chicken to the classic tom yum soup.

We kicked off our first 1906 experience with the spicy shrimp with organic lotus stems (RMB36), pandan leaf-wrapped chicken (RMB45) and one of their signature soft drinks, ‘Mr. Tall and Cold’ (RMB18). The shrimp and lotus stems were stir-fried with chilies to give the combination a spicy kick but didn’t do much to impress. 

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With a tingle in our mouths, we tried the leaf-wrapped chicken, which provided an offsetting sugar rush thanks to the sweet Thai chili dipping sauce. Aside from the pleasant aroma released after opening the leaves, we found the tender meat to be lacking any real flavor and ultimately disappointing. 

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We finished our meal with a Mr. Tall and Cold, which brought back memories of movie theater slushies (but with a classy touch and the same amount of sugar). The soda water slash fruit juice comes with an abundance of shaved ice and serves more as a photo prop than an enjoyable soft drink. 

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The Vibe

Several small groups of people came streaming through the restaurant shortly after we arrived, and with ambient jams reverberating around the eatery, 1906 offers a fun and trendy atmosphere – even if the food leaves something to be desired. 

Price: RMB75-100
Who’s going: people unfamiliar with Guangzhou’s authentic Thai eateries, interior design buffs 
Good for: utter culinary disappointment 
Nearest metro: Shipaiqiao (Exit B), 5 minutes’ walk

See listing for 1906 (Tianhe Dong lu).

[Cover image by Ryan Gandolfo/That’s]

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