Haizhu, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
Asian BBQ and Chinese Drinking Games"The Corner Bar," as my colleagues call it, is basically a tables and chairs set up under a tent next to a big sign that states "BBQ."
My Chinese friends here brought me here to celebrate the end of my first week of work here. The food is scrumptious. And because it's close our workplace and cheap, it's become our go-to place for welcome parties, goodbye parties, and drinks after a particularly hard day.
Our must-haves include the garlicky osyters, the garlicky eggplant, the fried noodles, and the chicken that looks like it's been hung on a cross. The food is elevated by the relaxed vibe and the chance to say "Gambei!" ("Cheers!" or "Bottoms up!") and drink a cold beer anytime we lose at chuīniú (a Chinese drinking game played with cups and dice).
It's close to the Xiaogang metro station. Make sure you have a dictionary or a local with you because the staff don't speak English and the menu's all in Chinese characters.