China's top restaurants reeling over new austerity
BEIJING (AP) - The shark's fin, bird's nest and abalone are gone from the offerings at Beijing's Xiang E Qing restaurant - a favourite of Communist Party cadres just months ago.
Diners are now left with less exotic fare such as shredded beef, pickled turnip and fried peanuts.
China's high-end restaurants have gone into crisis under leader Xi Jinping's campaign to crack down on the kinds of party extravagances that have angered ordinary Chinese, such as dining on the public dime.
To stem big losses and avoid the now-tarnished image of VIP banquet halls, these restaurants have been busy reinventing themselves.