While Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake’s Jin Sha restaurant offers a 80-seat dining room and 34 outdoor seats, it’s the 11 stand-alone private dining rooms that stand out with terraces and gorgeous views of the surrounding garden and pond.

Jin Sha serves traditional Shanghainese, Cantonese and Hangzhounese cuisine with a contemporary spin. The restaurant sources most of its ingredients locally, using free-range chicken and vegetables from nearby farms. Helming the kitchen is chef Wang Yong; executive consultant chef Tony Lu is also the executive chef at well-regarded Shanghai restaurant Fu 1088. Jin Sha’s kitchen design allows you to watch the chefs hard at work making delicate steamed dumplings, honey barbecue pork and plenty of dishes starring local seafood. Jin Sha also serves a wide selection of tea — don’t miss the longjing green tea, which is native to Hangzhou.

Tokyo firm Spin Design Studio, which also did the interiors for Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong’s restaurant Caprice, designed the restaurant. From within the main dining space and from the private dining rooms, enjoy views of the hotel’s garden and pond. Jin Sha’s alfresco dining is lovely in the spring and fall, when temperatures are most pleasant and the trees are full of leaves.

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