I lived in Beijing for 2 years before I even tried Kro's Nest. Big mistake! I find their menu to be extensive, even pleasing the fussiest of diners. I opt for the magic mushroom salad or the veg-head pizza roll. Both are moderately prized and super tasty.
I may be the minority here, but I enjoy coming to Bookworm. There is a certain atmosphere here that other cafe's are lacking. Maybe it's because bookshelf upon bookshelf sits before you, offering books no matter what the genre. It reminds me of how a bookshop should be... A vast selection of books at your fingertips and you can decide what to read whilst downing a freshly brewed coffee. Call me crazy, but I keep coming back for more.
I find their food both authentic and flavoursome. Their black bean quesadilla is really good (and great value for money). Also the burrito's are packed full of flavour and they provide many accompanying sauces. Whether I order on Jinshisong or visit in person I always leave happy and with a full belly!
Great place for duck and out-of-town visitors when you're sick of Da Dong or too poor for Duck de Chine. Besides the duck, try the codfish and seasonal menu items. Koushuiji is nowhere near the quality of Transit's but they are not a Sichuan restaurant so that's a wash.
Weekend dim sum is a steal--RMB118 (plus service) for unlimited dim sum. Unlimited turnip cakes! Everything's delicious, but the yangzhi ganlu (mango sago pomelo pudding) is not to be missed. Only hiccup is that by the tail end of our meal, the waitstaff forgot to put in the order for our late additions. Slightly annoying, but also kind of okay because we probably shouldn't have ordered that fifth portion of egg tarts to begin with.
The Ganache Choc cake and the Red Velvet cake top the list of cakes. Have been ordering their cakes over the last 2 years. Never fail to meet my expectations. The birthday boys and girls whom I buy for were always happy to have their cakes. The cakes are fresh, moist and not overly sweet. Delivery is always on schedule
I haven't had their Peking Duck, so this is only a review of their daily unlimited dim sum deal (at 135rmb/head). Which is amazing. Best quality dim sum to be had in the city. They have all your favourites, but done either to perfection and/or with a unique and interesting little twist. The shrimp dumplings are amazing here. Also not to be missed, is the mango pomelo sago dessert. Only downside is that the tea is overpriced, and not included within the deal. Service is excellent, as is to be expected at any venue in Opposite House.
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