Beijing Journals

Eating Beijing

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A travel journal to Beijing by TianjinPaul

Quote: Food in China's capital

The Hidden Tree

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Restaurant | "Not Really Worth Finding"

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As a bar, I have always found the Hidden Tree to be deeply, deeply over-rated. Guide books and local expats all wax lyrical about its selection of imported beers and hand made pizzas. However, despite visiting several times, I could never quite see it. Every visit would seem to follow the same pattern. My friends would ask me there. I would refuse. They would push and push, and finally I would relent, hoping that maybe I missed some indefinable factor that made the Tree great. Every time I would be disappointed.Looking simply at the food, the Tree is not that bad. Or, to be more precise, the pizza is pretty good. There is a great variety and it comes oven baked on a delicious thin and cris...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 11, 2010

The Den

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Attraction | "Cause and Effect in the Den"

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Rarely in life are the causes and cures of a problem so closely linked as they are at the Den on Gongti Bei Lu in Beijing. To explain my opening comment, let me set the scene. It is Sunday morning in Beijing and I am suffering from a hangover. The reason behind my throbbing head and churning stomach was the previous evening I had spent at the Den. From 5pm unitl 10pm it is happy hour and glasses of frosty Qingdao come in at a very reasonable 12rmb. Such value for money, coupled with four big screen TVs showing international sport and a crowd of sociable expats ensured that I would almost never be there for just one or two beers.So, fast forward to the next morning. I am feeling delicate. S...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 11, 2010

Old Beijing Noodle King

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Restaurant | "Touristy, but Great"

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The Beijing Noodle King is unabashedly and unashamedly dedicated to the tourist market. It is certainly not the type of place you would find too many local Beijingers dropping by for lunch - you would not even find too many local expats in their either. However, if you can get past this, the food on offer and the atmosphere in which to enjoy it are first rate.The Noodle King is situated at the northeast corner of the Temple of Heaven, about 100m from the north gate and 50m from the Pearl Market. This particular locale is one of the main reasons it is so popular with tourists. Many sightseers, myself included, combine a trip to the Temple of Heaven with lunch at the Noodle King - this is ce...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 21, 2010

Old Beijing Noodle King
Chongwei Ji
Beijing, China
+86 6705 6705

Tian Hai Can Ting

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Restaurant | "Fighting the Developers"

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Over the course of my four year stay in China, my thoughts on the raison d'etre of Tian Hai Can Ting fluctuated dramatically. However, one thing that never changed was my love of the food, the ambiance and the setting.On my first trip to China, when I arrived with my over-sized backpack, sweaty hiking boots and my copy of the comically inaccurate Lonely Planet guide, I saw Tian Hai as a deeply authentic Chinese dining experience. After, I had taken up residence in China, I began to see that much of this 'authenticity' and 'tradition' - such as faux imperial art and faux 1930s posters - were simply ways of attracting tourists. By the time I was ready to leave China, my view had changed agai...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 21, 2010

Traktor Pushkin

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Restaurant | "Seriously Heavy Cuisine"

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Traktor Pushkin has long been a favourite of those keen on inducing a serious heart condition at an early age. The Russian restaurant on Dongzhimen Nai is renowned by most expats for some of its hearty, artery clogging fare. However, it is also well known for delivering a great meal at very good value.The menu at Traktor features plenty of what you might consider 'traditional' Russian dishes. There is lots of cabbage on offer and plenty of borsch. Yet, in other parts, the menu is also surprisingly flavorful. The most surprising example of this was the duck in fruit sauce, which was truly delightful - two or three of the soups and fish dishes are also similarly delicate and worth investigat...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 21, 2010