5 best restaurants in Beijing
Our favourite places to eat. Enjoy awesome food and stunning decor.
Green Tea Restaurant
A new blend of brew
Word is spreading about Green Tea Restaurant, located on the top floor of the Shimao Shopping Mall, with its affordable cuisine based on traditional dishes from Hangzhou. Themed around green tea - meats cooked in it and noodles stewed in it – the place has grown in popularity and is now known to have two-hour waiting times. Sample succulent longjing shrimp or fragrant chicken and don’t let the shopping centre setting put you off – this vibrant venue is no fast food joint.
4F Shimao Shopping Mall, 13 Gongti North Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Tel: 010 8895 7388
Duck de Chine
Classics and Champers
If duck and pancakes is your takeaway favourite, Duck de Chine is a dream come true. This award-winning restaurant serves up the best birds in Beijing under a formula devised by the father-and-son chef team: ducks must be 43 days old, weigh 2kgs and be roasted for 65 minutes over 40-year-old jujube wood. Carved, dipped in homemade hoisin sauce and stuffed into steamed pancakes, they are served alongside an array of Cantonese dishes with the added bonus of a chic Bollinger Champagne bar.
Duck de Chine, 1949 The Hidden City, Courtyard 4, Gongti Bei Lu, near Nansanlitun Lu Tel: 010 6501 8881
Temple Restaurant Beijing
A slice of history
For French fancies in central Beijing, Temple Restaurant is unrivalled. Set in the shadow of the temple of Zhizhusi, it is the city's first stop for fine dining steeped in history. Splash out on lobster and feast on foie gras, enjoying small samples between dishes, all accompanied by wines from the French-focused cellar. Be sure to book ahead and prepare to search out the location at the end of a quiet street – though once inside you’ll be stunned by your surroundings.
Songzhusi Temple, 23 Shatan Bei Jie, near Wusi Da Jie, Beijing
Tel: 10 8400 2232
Black Sesame Kitchen
Make Beijing your home away from home and have a dinner party – ok so the guests are strangers to start with but by the end of the night they might be your best friends… This is a setting for the sociable, with a large communal table for 12 in a private kitchen with open courtyard. Angled mirrors allow diners to watch ten tasty courses cooked before their eyes. Cutting-edge Chinese cuisine is served with unlimited New World Wines, ensuring the fussiest of foodies will be satisfied.
3 Black Sesame Hutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Tel: 1369 147 440
A date in the dark
For a super-unusual and sense-stirring meal, head to Trojan Fairy and leave your belongings in a locker before being led to your table in blind darkness. Although waiters get to wear night-vision goggles, diners can’t see a thing – the idea being that this heightens the taste experience. Choose from three part-Japanese, part-Western set menus of varying prices and get ready to guess what you’re eating… just make sure no one swipes the food from your plate in the pitch black!
8th Floor, Hunsha Dalou, 109 Xidan North Street, Xicheng District
Tel: 010 6616 0336