Beijing Fang Shan Restaurant offers exquisite food from former Chinese dynasties, set in Bei Hai Park, once an imperial garden. Waitresses in period ... More
Beijing Fangshan Restaurant
Beijing Fang Shan Restaurant offers exquisite food from former Chinese dynasties, set in Bei Hai Park, once an imperial garden. Waitresses in period garb lead you to the main dining room, which is splendid, with high painted ceilings and traditional Chinese art. Here is your chance to eat camel's paw, deer tendon or real turtle soup. Alternatively, there are menus that allow your party to eat the emperor's supper without straying too far from your familiar culinary range. Flavors are light, well balanced and interesting, and after 14 courses you will feel exceedingly well nourished.
Lunch Friday 17 April 2009. We chose a set menu at 198 yuan, approx. €22. The quality of the food was superb. If this were a western restaurant in would rate a Michelin star.
The restaurant is located in a beautiful park
and is easy to get to by taxi, followed by a short walk. You also have to pay the modest entry fee into the park equivalent to a couple of Euro. It is also well worth while going up the steps to the Buddist temple beside the restaurant to see the view over the Forbidden City.
We're told by our Yoyoor representative Elvin that this is one of the best places to have the authentic Beijing food. And the experience was extrodinary. Great food, impressive service, definitely would go back to this place next time we're in Beijing.
We had a wonderful dinner the evening we arrived in Beijing. I have no idea of the cost as it was arranged for us but the location was really incredible. The park and surrounding waterways are fairytale like and the restaurant is very elegant.
Our meal was excellant - we had an Emporer's feast and everything we had was very good. Our service was wonderful. It was a terrific introduction to China for us.
Had to pay 10 yuan per pax to go into Beihai Park and dinner cost a fortune by Chinese standards (set menus of 150Y, 200Y, 250Y, 300Y and so on per pax). Food was so-so although setting was interesting. Considering the price paid, service should have been better (e.g. food could be served at a slower pace) No view of the lake unless you book in advance and for large parties.
This was some of the finest Chinese food I have ever tasted. Clearly the ingredients are fresh and of high quality, and the cooking has a deft and delicate touch. The ornate room is particulary impressive at night and the tableware matches the food quality. Service was skilled but friendly and informal.
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