When Xiamen's well-to-do are looking to impress their friends and business partners, they head to Shuyou (舒友海鲜大酒楼), far and away Xiamen's most luxurious and famous restaurant. It's housed in a massive facility on an island in the middle of Yundang Lake. Upon entering, you will be led to a room containing some hundred types of fish in tanks and fresh shellfish on ice. Prices are by weight; they're not cheap. The dining rooms are distributed over four floors. Every party dines in its own private room, which range from wedding banquet halls to ten-person tables to small rooms for couples.
In addition to fresh seafood, other delicacies are available on the menu, including abalone, sea cucumbers, and a Xiamen favorite, "Buddha jumps over the wall," which includes shark fin and seven other ingredients. Most seafood is local, but some is imported from Japan and Australia. Reservations recommended; call 5060166. 1 Bailuzhou East Road Bldg. A 白鹭洲东路1A座