I heard of the Confucius Mansion Banquet, but does anyone know where there is a restaurant that cooks it? Any other famous banquets people know of?
Ah..... the elusive Kong Fu Yan. I never did managed to find it in Nanjing or anywhere else, but I highly recommend the "Dream Of Red Mansion" banquet presented by the Yangzhou State Guest House, about an hour's drive from Nanjing. If you want a good commentator to help you navigate the symbolism and literary context of each and every dish in this banquet, I recommend getting in touch, early, with Mrs. Ding from the Yangzhou Foreign Affairs Directorate -- she is one of the creators of this magnificient banquet. Enjoy!
Gary Soup is very funny :)
As far as the big banquets, no. They were outside my budget when I was in China. I usually went to the masses section of a famous place and ate quite well. My faves in beijing at the time were ShaGuoJu and KaoRouJi (in Shizhahai, beijing).