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We were here on a Sunday evening at 6 and have the honor of being the only guests. It felt a little bit odd in the beginning as nobody seemed to care about us being there. The fittings are pretty worn out in general and the menu/paper table mats even have a different restaurant name printed on them. Anyhow, I am not too concerned as long as the food satisfies. I’d rather more of my money be spent on procuring food and skilled cooking than on rent and furniture and fittings. While we were served
While we were served by a somewhat inexperienced old lady with an attitude initially, a seemingly more senior wait staff came over to look after us for the remainder of the evening. He was extremely friendly (almost too friendly)—gave us free drinks (and even refilled) and instead of the one portion of soup we ordered he offered a huge bowl that’d feed six for free. More than that, he made sure the kitchen was preparing our dishes at a pace that suited us and found out in time that some of our orders were missed by the lady who took our order.
Although we were greedy enough to have chosen seven dishes to share between two, I felt we didn’t try out enough signature or prominently Beijing dishes on this occasion to be able to make a fairer evaluation of the restaurant, but I would say in general that the quality seems more than reasonable and you can expect to have decent supper here at roughly $300 per head with a broad range of Beijing/ Shanghai dishes to pick from. Neither the restaurant nor the dishes look fancy but you wouldn’t be getting much less quality than what you’d have to pay double or triple per head in Central and Admiralty to have. I’d have to give their duck a try before concluding how this compares with Old Beijing (a very old restaurant run by a genuine Beijing person for well over a decade by now).
Sweet and sour soup 酸辣湯
Standard taste, clearly made earlier in the week but I liked that it had tiny prawns.
Crispy lamb brisket 京燒烤羊腩
This got me thinking about it for quite a few days after the meal. The waiting staff made a special emphasis that the fatty layer had been removed to maximize flavor. Even without the crispy skin I thought the brisket was delicious with a deep flavor. And although it looked dry it really wasn’t. Recommended.
Fried sweet and spicy prawns 宮爆蝦球
Succulent prawns coated in a crispy batter and dipped in a mildly spicy and sweet sauce. Loved this.
Soup dumplings 小籠包
Hearty little bites with tasty soup. Perfect balance of skin/meat/soup. Nothing to complain here.
Steamed buns 銀絲卷
Fried flatbread with spring onion and white sesame 香蔥芝麻大餅
The only problem with this was that it didn’t taste fresh. But it was alright.
Braised cabbage with cream 奶油津白
This was creamy and tender. Portion-wise big enough for share between three.