Dalian is a great city to visit and possibly work in. I was sent there by my company, a small portal platform software company based in California, to visit and work with the team there. While there, my coworkers took me to two different western restaurants: Unome and the Brooklyn Bar. Both are outstanding since they were owned by Americans and the local wait staff speak very good English. Dalian doesn't have well known specialties and the local fare is decent. There are plenty of Muslim restaurants where I lived and work the High Tech Industrial Zone.