We are an expat couple living in Beijing and celebrated chef, Daniel Bolud's Maison Bolud is one of our favorite restaurants in the capital.
Set on the grounds of the former US embassy, Maison Bolud is located just across the street from the railway museum and adjacent to Tiananmen Square. Its location makes it tricky for guests to get to because of the all the sealed-off roads so take a taxi to Qianmen East Street rather than drive. Once there, be prepared to be wowed by the Versailles-inspired decor of the restaurant. Tip: Venture upstairs for a look at the well-appointed private dining rooms.
We are huge fans of Maison Bolud's weekend brunch, which offers signature French fare in a laid-back atmosphere. Brunch is served as a set menu (one course - 128 RMB; 2 courses - 198 RMB; 3 courses - 248 RMB; and four courses 288 RMB) and you'll be presented with a series of starters, mains and desserts to select from. We like the French Onion Soup, Steak Tartare and Creme Brulee. The DB Burger is huge so only go for that if you're up for it. Tip: Go with a group so you can sample a little of everything.
You will also be served a basket of fancy breads after your orders are taken and a selection of petit fours following your meal. The complimentary French citrus-flavored madeleines are served warm and are possibly one of the best we have had.
As expected of a Bolud restaurant, service is great and the several times we've been to Maison Bolud, we've seen a waitstaff ratio of 1 staff : 2 tables.
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