The restaurant is on a recently rebuilt Hutong street. All along the road are bars, cafes and trendy shops. This restaurant even has its own car park.
This is a very upmarket and trendy restaurant. It was also the most expensive place we ate in Beijing - RMB 320 each. However it was worth it. The most incredible and delicate Chinese dishes (mainly from Yunnan province.) The staff have fairly limited English but the menu has translations for most items. The menu is also only on an iPad, so you’ll need to know how to swipe go back etc (told you it was trendy.) Unfortunately the menu navigation is all in Chinese (I couldn’t find any way to choose English), so we just scrolled through everything and ordered way too much – 5 mains. They told us they thought we’d ordered too much so I cancelled a couple of dishes and we made do with 1 starter and 3 mains.
Despite being vegetarian the food was amazing and with some of the dishes you really wouldn’t know you weren’t eating meat. The table setting, the presentation and general ambience was fantastic. I’m sure they could pack more tables into their space, but they haven’t – each table has private space and you won’t overhear or be overheard. They also have water sprays out in the courtyard that make the area feel much cooler. Indoors I think it was probably air conditioned – certainly we were very comfortable.