Hidden in a historic hutong neighborhood in central Beijing, the 600-year-old Tibetan Buddhist temple complex that houses this restaurant is one of the capital's most spectacular locations. Inside, a wall of windows allows diners to gaze into TRB's renovated courtyard. The bar/lounge area preserves an original stone archway, wooden beams, and painted ceiling panels. The fine dining menu is inspired by French cuisine. Specialties include pot-roasted lobster with smoked aubergine caviar, king crab ravioli, and confit of suckling pig. Desserts, from a white chocolate and passionfruit cheesecake, to caramel mousse and coffee panna cotta, are capped with extra rounds of nibbles, including homemade marshmallows. Diners should arrive early to explore the temple grounds and have a drink at the bar, which offers homemade bitters and gourmet versions of rice wines. The main temple itself, with its original beams and red pillars, is located in the back and reserved for special events and functions.
Temple Restaurant Beijing
23 Shatan Bei Jie, off Wusi Dajie
Our Rating Neighborhood Forbidden City Hours Daily 11:30am–2:30pm, 6–10pm Transportation
Metro: Dongsi, plus 30-minute walkPhone 010/8400 2232 Prices Meal for two, 700RMB–1,200RMB Cuisine Type Continental Web site Temple Restaurant Beijing
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