2017-01-12 source：Tianjin Tourism Information Network
Located in downstream area of Haihe River, Tianjin has been an assembling place of business since ancient time. Thus, the catering industry of Tianjin is flourishing with varieties of styles and the western style food here gets rich cultural accumulation. Speaking of the western style food, we have to introduce the oldest western restaurant of Tianjin -- KIESSLING.
The restaurant is a pure white European style building. Stepping into the lobby, you can see the big screen there showing a silent film on a loop. Rustle noise comes from an old sound and white spots flickers on the screen from time to time. The geometric stairs at first floor lobby is luxury. All details seem to bring us back to the Tianjin in early 1920s.
On Sep 17, 1901, a 100sq.m western restaurant was grandly opened on Central Street of French Concession. After a burst of firecrackers, persons of rank stepped into the restaurant with “New Business Opening”banner at the gate. The plaque inscribed with Chinese characters of “Kiessling Western Restaurant” is very conspicuous in bustling French Concession. From that day, western restaurant started appearing in catering industry of Tianjin.
At first, Kiessling was just a small restaurant serving fresh bread located opposite the current Youth Palace on Jiefang North Road.
All guests would come here in formal and elegant dresses. Gentlemen would in formal suit and ladies would in silk cheongsam. They would come by car or rickshaw and enter into the restaurant gently.
Tourists from other places will always go to Kiessling to taste the food there. If your wedding ceremony can be held here, you will be admired by others. The current Kiessling is as graceful as before.
Kiessling is a legendary restaurant because it was not only one of the most splendid social sites at that time, but also brought western style food to Tianjin for the first time. The western restaurant named “kiss line” was not only a pure imported goods, but also the earliest western restaurant of China with a history of 110 years.
Now, there are total four floors in Kiessling Restaurant. First floor is lobby, second floor is Russian style Victoria Restaurant, third floor is German style Bader Restaurant and fourth floor is French Dining Hall. The brand dishes of Kiessling of hundred years history are still warmly welcomed by guests, such like Braised Pigeon with Butter, German Style Steak, Pot Roast Beef and Borsch, etc.
Tianjin Kiessling Restaurant, Shanghai Maison Pourcel Restaurant, Beijing Maxim’s Restaurant and Harbin Huamei Restaurant are Four Western Restaurant of China. The legendary stories of Kiessling are always talked about by old Tianjin people with great gusto from fancy tableware to varieties of western style dishes and from well-displayed decoration to thorough services. Century old elegant cultures are inherited here to add luster to catering industry of Tianjin.
Address: No.33-2 Zhejiang Road, Heping District, Tianjin.