With its blend of tasty Xinjiang food, live Uighur music, belly and snake dancers, and raucous times—diners danced on their tables most every night—Afunti had a long history as a guidebook favorite and go-to for people with guests in town. Now it has taken the party to Gongti, specifically, that boat-like structure near the stadium’s southeast corner.
That boat was built just before the Olympics and, after numerous delays, opened as a German restaurant that didn’t make much of a splash and has been dormant for years. My guess is Afunti will do far better, serving as a pre-gaming and post-gaming stop with its huge kebabs, trays of beer, and more. The signage also lists live music, craft beer and, best of all, that it’s open 24 hours.
I haven’t eaten there yet—I only realized Afunti was open as I walked to Fubar last night—but two friends say the food is good, the prices reasonable. Will check it out soon.
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having eaten at the old Afunti a number of times, was sad to see it go & was wondering if this was in fact by the same people, definitely want to give it a try.
There used to be a Xinjiang restaurant named Afunti not far from Chaoyangmen several years ago. I wonder if it the same place? It was always fun, although a tad bit expensive.