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.
Maybe not the best value Japanese feed in town, but certainly up there in terms of quality. Amazing grilled seafood, best sake selection in town. Always filled with quite a few Japanese diners, which is probably the best endorsement one could have. Interesting decor too. Close to Sanlitun but far away enough from the masses to provide a more interesting and unique dining experiences.
Excellent homely Japanese fare. Not the cheapest place for a cozy bowl of sukiyaki or donburi, but the quality of it is certainly the best one can find in Beijing. They have some of the best tasting edamame I have ever had, as someone who usually finds edamame to be a damp waste of time and money. Filling meal without alcohol will usually end up around 40-80rmb a head. The interior decoration across all the Suzuki Kitchen restaurants is excellently done minimalism whilst still being very interesting and with each location still feeling distinct.