Green T. House
In China, the connections between tea and
philosophy have always been close and that
is very evident at the Green T. House. We
attended a Tea Tasting event at what is claimed
to be Beijing's first luxury New-China
Lifetsyle Complex. The Green T. House, created
out of passion by tea lover, Zhang Jin Jie
is a “tea experience” that offers
a spa, dining and accommodation whilst encompassing
music, art, architecture, and of course,
many varieties of tea. There are various
areas for relaxation and partaking in the
art of tea-tasting, all set amid pebbled
gardens around a central lake.
Duck De Chine
Located away from street view just behind
Pacific Century Place in Sanlitun, Duck de
Chine is part of the 1949 Hidden City dining
and nightlife complex. The restaurant’s
industrial chic decor creates a relaxed,
classy ambiance, while the menu incorporates
both Chinese and French duck-roasting traditions
that offer a range of duck and non-duck dishes.
The classic Peking duck combo – crisp
roast duck to roll in pancakes with plum
sauce, spring onion and cucumber was most
enjoyable. There is a 10 per cent service
charge and an English menu It was voted "Outstanding
Beijing Duck" in the Beijinger’s
2011 Restaurant Awards.
Capital M, south of Tianamen Square
The terrace affords one of the most impressive
views in the city, while the ornate dining
room includes its signature parquet flooring
and elegant lighting. There’s a range
of fine wines and classic cocktails on offer
at the bar, and small dishes, canapés
and desserts are served in the Oval Room
from early evening. It has been voted "Best
Afternoon Tea," "Best High End
Brunch," "Outstanding Decor,"
"Outstanding for a Romantic Meal,"
"Outstanding for Impressing Visitors"
and "Outstanding Restaurant of the Year
(non-Chinese)" in the Beijinger's 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards.
Hatsume Japanese restaurant
Hatsune, situated to the rear of the Sanlitan
shopping village is essentially Californian
Japanese food, so they are big on the hand
rolls but not overly Japanese in the décor,
although it is open plan and welcoming with
interesting unusual swirling balls of dangling
fish from the ceiling. The food was excellent
and very tasty and the service was excellent.
Na Jia Xiao Guan
Na Jia Xiao Guan is an old imperial Chinese
restaurant. You have too book as there is
always a long queue outside of people wanting
to dine. It’s an old school, in an
old Hutong with great old furniture, and
chinawear. They have separate rooms for private
small parties of 4-10 people, which look
very inviting. The upstairs is the best place
to sit so you can see the view over the balcony.
In the summer it opens up the small outdoor
patio in a stone walled setting on roof.
The menu is a large book of pictures and
the food is really excellent and good value.
The staff are all very friendly and attentive.
The ambience is excellent – it is a
great old Beijing experience not to be missed.
Temple Restaurant Beijing
The history of the Temple Restaurant Beijing
compound spans 600 years: it includes ancient
halls of worship, factories constructed after
the Communist takeover and slogans left over
from the Cultural Revolution. Renovation
began in 2008, focussed on preserving all
the layers of history and keeping as much
as possible of the original structures. The
restaurant is modern and light and serves
contemporary European cuisine.