In short: This place is an oasis of calm. I generally try to go once a week when I’m in Beijing. I always feel this place is in a category of it’s own.
Thin crust pizzas and bagels w/lox. The best eggs I have ever had, anywhere, if you are into brunch, and I always have a salad because I never feel I eat enough vegetables living here and they are absurdly fresh, and it’s basically the only place I feel completely at ease about the food quality. Some of the new things too like the burrito, sausage, and I think someone else mentioned to me a pastrami sandwich? Oh and the peanut butter cups are very good. I also saw they had a freezer of meat from their farm for sale.
The owner is probably one of the warmest and most sincere people I’ve met in Beijing who seems to enjoy nothing more than welcoming you and telling you about the latest way he is tinkering to perfect some recipe or piece of food production machinery.
I care alot about food safety and one of the things that set’s Mrs.Shanen’s apart from the other places selling western style foods these days is that they there claims feel honest and verifiable rather than sounding like marketing or wishful thinking. They say something is organic, and they say something isn’t. Simple as that. And if they say their dairy, meat, and vegetables are organic and from their own farm - you can actually go see pictures of their new cow that was just born or just go see the place.
The classic burger was very large. The bun dwarfs the meat patty. It was tasty but not spectacular enough to go back for. The fries were great. My GF had the fish sandwich. She liked it but it tasted strange to me.
The chef salad looked good in pictures.
The waitress was so strange. She would stare and not smile. Ask a question her face would get angry looks .
I was invited here for dinner by one of our older colleague from Hongkong. He orders regularly from here he had told us.Best part was service. The Indian manager was on the toes ,good service.We ordered few wines and chicken tikka and samosas for starters .I loved the juicy meat.There were couple of curries ordered with a variety of nan bread(some huge basket since were were 5 of us) and saffron basmati rice.I tried little of each since I wasn't a big curry fan before but I changed my mind. I had more of each and changed my mind about curries.The lamb curry most liked by all. It was franks place after a great dinner.
Cheap drinks , Outside seating.I stick to Edinger or bottled beers as others are a suspect.Couple of drinks and you can hit out on the weekend to your other dining or hangout place.Dont come for eating anything. Eats are awful.
If you want to sit down and have a coffee and a cake or a snack when the weather is good it works. Otherwise I would pick up some stuff from April gourmet and get going home .Only if you want to hangout for a while Comptoirs works for me.Catch the time when the breads arrive fresh then only it makes sense to pick the breads from there.If you don't there could be issues.
This was one of my regular meal place. Its going downhill. The pizza served sometimes is not freshy done, oven warmed. You go for food so you are disappointed if the food doesn't live unto your expectations.
City Weekend is Beijing's most trusted guide to the city's best restaurants!