Lei Garden is a favorite for special family occasions, and serves some really excellent dishes. Brunch and light lunch options abound here, with dim sum being the speciality. Seafood tanks adorn the front of the restaurant, meaning you can pick out your very own fish to eat. The shrimp dumplings, the vegetables with tomato sauce and the rack of lamb served with special sauce are just some of the house favorites.
Address and Telephone: 89 Jinbaojie , Dongcheng district, Beijing, China +86 10 8522 1212
Capital M looks over both Qianmen and Tiananmen Square, and is a top-notch restaurant offering both excellent food and service. The spacious and airy outdoor terrace here offers splendid panoramic views of some Forbidden City buildings, and the interior is stunning, featuring elaborate lighting fixtures and intricately decorated walls and tables. A top menu pick here is the superb suckling pig and crackling.
Address and Telephone: 3/F, 2 Qianmen Buxing Jie, near Xidamochang Jie, +86 10 6702 2727
TRB is visually stunning. Located in a spectacular old temple, the 600-year-old Quing Temple to be exact, the restaurant forms part of a complex which is comprised of an art gallery, an event hall and some hotel rooms too. It is a modern space offering a small but scrumptious menu. Popular dishes here include the foie gras and the tuna and beef tartare.
Address and Telephone: No.23 Songzhu Temple, Shatan North Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009, China 010-84002232
Located on the 66th floor of the Park Hyatt Hotel, the food at China Grill is a mix of Western and Chinese which allows visitors to sample some very different but very tasty cuisines in the same sitting. The establishment boasts brilliant views over Beijing, and offers a variety of plates including wild mushrooms, fresh salmon, perfectly-cooked steaks and flavorsome noodles.
Address and Telephone: 66/F Park Hyatt, 2 Jianguomen Wai, CBD, Beijing, +86 10 8567 1
Duck De Chine
Hidden away in a small annex of cool little bars, Duck de Chine is a must-try for anyone who seeks some authentic Peking duck, a Chinese dish consisting of strips of roast duck served with shredded vegetables and a sweet sauce. This is the star of the menu here, and is well-seasoned, aromatic, and isn’t as fatty as the duck served in some other places. The staff here are extremely pleasant and polite and speak good English.
Address and Telephone:1949 – The Hidden City, Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District, +86 10 6501 8881
Huang Ting is located in the shopping arcade of The Peninsula Hotel, and is a sophisticated spot drawing in trendy crowds. There is a plethora of wines and colorful cocktails available here, and a few of the establishment’s specials include the prawns with mayonnaise, the steamed cod with garlic served in a basket, and the flat noodles cooked in white wine with dumplings.
Address and Telephone: LL2, 8 Goldfish Lane, Wangfujing, Beijing, China , +86 10 6510 6707
Little Sheep Hot Pot
Little Sheep Hot Pot is brightly lit inside, and features an array of charming seats and sleek tables. This is the top spot for vegetarians and abounds with vegetable food options, top picks of which include the fresh spinach, the roasted yams and two different types of mushrooms. Meat eaters are also catered for here, and thinly sliced mutton is available, a meal which gives the establishment its memorable name.
Address and Telephone: 209 Dongzhimen Inner St, +86 10 8400 1669
Old Beijing Zha Jiang Noodle King
Old Beijing Zha Jiang Noodle King makes everything on the premises, and is your one-stop-shop for noodles of all kinds and varieties. After receiving a bowl of either boiled or fried noodles diners are invited to take a seat and help themselves to the variety of sauces, meats and greens on offer. The small wooden tables and benches here are often packed with enthusiastic customers, and the changing menus can be found charmingly hanging on the walls.
Address and Telephone: 29 Chong Wai Street, Chong wen District, Beijing, +86 10 6705 6705
Li Imperial Restaurant
In the tucked away Li Imperial Restaurant, an establishment set in the middle of the hutong, visitors can choose from many fixed-price lunches each comprised of 20 courses of small and large plates. From scallops and lobster to sweet and sour fish and duck, visitors will not be left feeling hungry here. A top spot in which to dine tapas-style and experience a full range of Asian flavors.
Address and Telephone: 11 Yangfang Hutong, Deshengmennei Dajie, Xicheng District, +86 10 6618 0107
Baijia Dayuan Restaurant
The decoration at Baijia Dayuan Restaurant reflects a China of a bygone era, incorporating rustic stone steps and golden, patterned wall hangings. The atmosphere here is vibrant, and the waitresses all wear traditional Chinese dress which really adds to the charming, nostalgic feel of the place. Don’t miss the chicken with almonds, the duck soup or the beef broth with grilled vegetables.
Address and Telephone: Inside Lejia Garden, 15 Suzhou Jie, Haidian District, +86 10 6265 8851