Travelling for two weeks in May with a group of friends. Our itinerary goes: Beijing, Xian, Wuhan, Shanghai. I can find reveiws and ideas on the board for pretty much everything except Wuhan. Does anyone have any info?
I spent a month in Wuhan a few years ago and I found the food to be pretty lackluster. In fact, when I asked the people I was working with what were some of the traditional dishes in Wuhan they struggled to come up with anything. The closest they got was to offer me loads of dishes with lotus root in them, which fortunately I like a lot, though it's not the most interesting food in the world.
I had a very nice meal at Kang Long Tai Zi Jiuxuan (亢龙太子酒轩) on the Wuchang side of Wuhan at the Hongshan Plaza ( 洪山广场), at Tiyu Chang Road, in the Xin Kai Building (体育馆路新凯大厦), phone 8732-0588. It's your basic multi-story restaurant with the private rooms on the top floors. I don't think the menus have English, but there are plenty of pictures. It was one of the better fancy places that I went to in Wuhan.
In the opposite direction, there is a pedestrian street called Shou Yi Street (首义街), which is near the corner of Peng Liu Yang Road and Tiyu Lu (彭刘扬路和体育路路口) which is full of stalls that serve snack foods. One notable place is 四季美 which sells tang bao. Order the ma la tang bao -- it's Y10 for a steamer full of ten. There's a lot of other stuff, so be sure to go on an empty stomach.
I haven't been there, either, but as a backgrounder (or just for entertainment) you might want to check out a Chinese movie called "Life Show" (Sheng huo xiu). It's an endearing story about a woman bravely coping with the disappointments of life. The heroine is known for cooking and selling the best spicy duck's necks at the Wuhan Night Market, and a lot of the movie is shot on location there. It sparked a nationwide craze for Wuhan spicy duck's necks, and launched at least two competing Duck's Neck chains you will probably run across in Beijing and Shanghai, as well as Wuhan. You can probably find the movie in an Asian video store in TO, and it comes with English subtitles.
Here's an article about the two Wuhan chains:
Haven't been there yet, but a couple other places to look:
Dianping.com has a Wuhan page http://www.dianping.com/wuhan - if nobody in the group reads chinese you might be able to work things out with a page translate. There is also an English search engine built by a Wuhan blogger
Good luck and let us know if you find anything amazing.