Stone Grill House (岩极烤肉)

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Stone Grill House (岩极烤肉)
Cuisine: Dongbei
Price: ¥¥¥
Location: Sanlitun Soho, Building A
English Menu: Yes
English Service: No

Most people who would walk into Stone Grill House would likely assume, “Oh, it’s a Korean BBQ joint.” They’d be wrong. It’s much, much more than that! Read More

Xiao Wang Fu

 

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Xiao Wang Fu (小王府)
Cuisine: Regional Chinese classics
Price: ¥¥
Location: GuangHua DongLi, CBD
English Menu: Yes
English Service: No

Beijing’s restaurant scene is dynamic. It’s not uncommon to go to one of your favorite restaurants and find that it’s suddenly…vanished. This was especially true when I first moved to the city, and it seemed like non-stop construction. In some ways, Beijing has slowed down a bit and more stable. But I think about some of those restaurants that I used to frequent that are no more and can’t help but feel nostalgic. So, when a restaurant has managed to survive after all these years you know it’s unique. Now I introduce you to Xiao Wang Fu. Read More

The Southern Fish

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The Southern Fish (渔芙南)
Cuisine: Hunan
Price: ¥¥
Location: FuChengMen, XiCheng District
English Menu: Yes
English Service: No

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Hunan cuisine (湘菜) ranks as one of my absolute favorites. I was somewhat dismayed when one of my Hunanese friends told me that Chinese people mostly consider it low-brow. “Why?” I asked startled. “It’s viewed as too oily, not healthy.” Well, that was precisely what drew me to it in the first place. Read More

Xiao Susu

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Xiao Susu (小苏苏)
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Price: ¥¥
Location: China World Complex (Hotel Jen)
English Menu: Yes
English Service: Yes

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I could seriously eat Chinese food every day. There’s so much regional diversity in the cuisine that even after a decade of living here, I still discover new dishes. My heart breaks that so many Americans think of Chinese food as Panda Express or P.F. Chang’s. If only they knew… Read More

Rosewood Beijing

P80128-203201(1)I’ve been spending more time (and money!) at Rosewood Beijing in recent months. I have to say that it has really emerged as one of Beijing’s BEST hotels. While I’ve never had the privilege to stay there, the F&B here is outstanding. My friends Giancarlo and Melanie often used to do staycations at Rosewood Beijing, and through them, I got to know the hotel better. Staying in one of the suites is totally worth it because you also get club floor access which is nearly as good as the public restaurants, not to mention with copies of the Financial Times and South China Morning Post! Read More