Meituan-Dianping, one of China’s largest service-focused e-commerce platform, has launched its first Black Pearl Restaurant Guide, a list of quality restaurants, each selected from a unique Chinese perspective. The inaugural edition highlights a total of 330 restaurants in 22 Chinese cities and five overseas cities, namely Bangkok, New York, Paris, Singapore and Tokyo.
According to Meituan-Dianping, establishments selected by the guide are put through a vigorous critiquing process by a team consisting of master chefs, culinary experts, special advisors with long-standing expertise in China’s dining sector, and gourmets identified by big data analytics from the company’s one-stop local dining and lifestyle service platform.
“Chinese cuisine is an important part of the country’s culture, and the unique and sophisticated gastronomy landscape in China represents one of the richest and most diverse culinary heritages in the world,” says Xing Wang, CEO of Meituan-Dianping.
“In response to Chinese consumers’ evolving taste for traditional and modern cuisines in China and across the world, we are excited to introduce the Black Pearl Restaurant Guide from a unique Chinese perspective, showcasing the dynamic dining scene both in China and globally.”
The company says Chinese cuisine varies in style and taste from region to region, and there are eight highly-recognized culinary traditions, including Lu (Shandong), Chuan (Sichuan), Yue (Cantonese), Su (Jiangsu), Zhe (Zhejiang), Min (Fujian), Xiang (Hunan) and Hui (Anhui). The 2018 guide boasts a complete list of the selected restaurants including those showcasing the best of these traditions.