Here again, this time brought some guests who are in town. Felt I never made the wrong decision to come here when they complimented the place and the food. Only downside is the service - some of the waitresses are not quite friendly and still unable to cope with big group.
As good as the other branches of Suzuki Kitchen, which is to say, damn excellent. Added bonus of being the most spacious of the branches, and probably the most relaxed atmosphere. Best place for lunch in the Beixinqiao area, and for a date that will impress and leave you feeling fancy, without burning a hole in your pocket.
Dumplings here are cheap, but nowhere as good as Baoyuan, Xian Lao Man'r or even a host of other lesser known local dumpling joints around this place in the hutongs. A perennial backpacker favourite, and it's easy to see why, the place is like the Helen's Bar of dumplings. The problem is, and perhaps the reason for it's popularity, is that the dumpling are all packed with an oily soy sauce mixture with excess pepper which mean that they certainly pack a punch in the mouth, but render the dumpling all basically tasting the same, no matter what the actual filling is.
Amazing drinks. Amazing food. Great atmosphere. Been here 4 times in the 2 months since I've arrived in Beijing. Their kalbi tacos are my favourite tacos in all of Beijing. Space is rather tight though, so make sure you book well in advance for large groups, and call ahead earlier in the day if you are thinking of taking a date. Best seat in the house for a date is the one right next to the window. Owner is a 帅哥 who is always smiling and friendly.
A bit overpriced and anti-zen for a serene night of fine Japanese dining. However, this place is excellent for a big boozy bash with a large group of friends looking to simultaneously gorge on some grilled protein and down that sake. Location near gongti means that once the free flow is over there are plenty of options nearby to continue the party. Indeed, it makes it rather hard to not continue the party.
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