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Houhai
0.6 miles from The Imperial Garden of The Palace Museum
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Hidden in a maze of alleyways, the restaurant is difficult to find. But your effort pays off as you get to taste the modern French-based haute cuisine—...
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The MICHELIN Plate: Good cooking
Very comfortable restaurant
Sponsored by: TRB Hutong

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"if beijing had michelin starred restaurants trb would be on the list!"
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Consistency is one of the marks of an excellent restaurant and it is epitomized here. Recently had lunch with two former students, their first fine dining experiences and they loved it. Dishes were introduced in Chinese and English by the restaurant’s manager and maitre d’...respectively- a nice touch. Great to see women recognized for their leadership in this restaurant! Chef JFK’s dishes were spot on but I must single out the pigeon which was perfect because it was allowed to rest just the right time. Also, the chicken was exceptional. I love how Chef took the humble and uninteresting chicken and transformed it into a fabulous dish. Service is really a cut above more expensive restaurants in the city thanks to a strong GM ably supported by a manager who connects well with her Chinese guests. Finally, the restaurant again missed out on meaningful Michelin recognition which is quite ludicrous and makes me question their whole awarding process. Overall, an excellent dining experienceMore

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed October 3, 2020 via mobile

Just finishing up Brunch here and my partner and I have had the best time. The food was outstanding the service was first class and Peter our waiter was amazing. Great attention to detail in a relaxed atmosphere. To top it off, you’re in the...middle of old Beijing. As expats in Beijing for over 10 years, it’s still at the top of its game. We will definitely be back.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed October 3, 2020

Overall prima execution and experience. TRB Hutong deserves a Michelin star, and taking a detour to visit before they have been awarded one is great if you want to get ahead of the crowd and the inevitable price hike. One might draw a line dividing...the restaurant venue between east and west. As a guest, you would enter on the east side moving north, stepping through a temple and crossing a courtyard before entering the main building, where you would take a left to cross into the western half, which is the dining room itself. A set of silent glass sliding doors that blends seamlessly into the vernacular entrance to the main building signals to you that you are not about to walk into yet another hall in a historical museum, while also alluding to the design aesthetic beyond. Whereas the eastern half treads lightly around original architecture, the western half is an unapologetic reinvention within the scaffolding of the original structures. In the dining room, you find sweeping clean lines and right angles that cut like a minimalist's blade. Neutral colors of white and gray frame a voluminous space for table service, while what feels like twenty-foot ceiling skylights imbue the space with the contemplative spirit. And the subject of rumination? World class French cuisine. Brunch without eggs benedict is like a ship without a sail, and the chef de cuisine at TRB Hutong does not overlook this truth. The TRB rendition pays homage to a hometown favorite, the Peking Duck, substituting traditional bacon strips with a duck bacon that offers more chew than it does crisp. This local substitution joins well with the asparagus, mushrooms and runny-center egg that is made whole by a rich cheese sauce. Was it the extraordinary size of the egg, or the fact that it was produced in such a perfect round dome? Or was it simply to recognize an old friend who wore no disguises - this benedict is a benedict, and not a foie gras dressed up as a cherry - and to have found delight in the familiar? Even now I am not so sure, but I felt sparks of joy when this dish was brought out to me, and this was a wonderful dish. If we allow Benedicts to be sails, then we might allow the salmon filet to be the mast. It was a soft-spoken trunk of umami. The filet was perfectly cooked, neither raw nor tough, yet somehow had its texture transformed to that of heated butter, right on the cusp of melting. With gentle presses of your fork, you can find small packets to join with the neutral pea mouse or the slightly acerbic hollandaise to build a crescendo of umami, bite by bite, until you take a sip of the house white, which is also a little sweet, and reset for another verse to begin. Alas, all tunes come to an end. The rest of the tasting menu was less memorable, and if so, not for the best reasons. The vinaigrette drizzled table-side onto the tuna cubes was acidic - too much so that you had an aftertaste in your mouth. The dessert chocolates were overpoweringly sweet, perhaps landing on the proverbial sweet spot if you had been drinking rather heavily and your senses were dulled. An americano, black, complemented it reasonably well. The flavors and taste profiles in the other courses, most notably the cherry foie-gras which has by now become cliche, may be found with similar execution at decent Chinese and Japanese restaurants around town in family-sized dishes for perhaps a third of the price. TRB Hutong has a playful spirit, minimalist discipline, and world class cooking techniques. While it may feel surprising that Michelin passed on star studding TRB Hutong, the many reasons it is still featured in the Michelin guide are delightfully evident in the dining experience. Perhaps it is only a matter of time. Many thanks to Peter for the excellent service despite it being only his second month on the job, and many well wishes for his future tenure.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed September 29, 2020 via mobile

Of several of the restaurants with Michelin stars, this one in particular has something very special. First of all, the location in a temple gives it a historical touch that introduces you to China. The service is excellent from start to finish and the tasting...menu offers varied and appropriate in price. Not forgetting to mention the vast range of wines that I have rarely seen in other places. The highlight from my very particular taste is foie gras, lamb and their desserts. We came for my husband's birthday and they spoiled us a lot. They also had the detail of giving us some presents to taste at home and for the baby we expect. Without a doubt an unbeatable experience!More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 17, 2020 via mobile

I come here multiple times a year. It is always a treat. The food is consistently amazing and the service is impeccable. I will be back!

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 4, 2020 via mobile

A prefect treat for a relaxed epicurean lunch. Walking into the front doors, it was superior service, attention to detail and welcoming. My first time dining here and I as truly impressed. The staff showed such attention to detail yet were personable and kind. If...you want to impress your guests, celebrate with a memorable meal or just treat yourself because you deserve it...TRB is it.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed August 28, 2020 via mobile

Excellent location. Succinct menu. Value for money. The tuna starter and Halibut are stand outs among a series of excellent dishes. Time and care taken by Chef JFK and his kitchen team to create dishes that are visually arresting and delicious. Intuitive and knowledgeable service...by Valerie while General Manager HeDong professionally oversees everything. Top class.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed August 26, 2020 via mobile

We were very impressed with TRB Hutong. The old temple that houses the restaurant is spectacular, the tasting menu is excellent, and the service very attentive and friendly. The best course was the foie gras paired with Sauternes. It is such a French classic, very...well executed. The wait in between courses was a little bit long towards the end of the meal, when the restaurant was very busy, but we were still very happy with the entire experience. Well done!More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed August 11, 2020 via mobile

My family and myself have been enjoying TRB for many years. TRB Hutong has been our favorite, but we do love all of their different and unique restaurants throughout Beijing. As we were returning back to Europe for good after many years, we had one...last visit at TRB Hutong and it has been our favorite one so far. Next to many of their signature dishes (try the gravelax!!) they have served as a Tomahawk steak that has simply been mindblowingly delicious. As somebody who has been a TRB costumer for a long time, here is my suggestion to new costumers: give the staff a rough idea what you „usually“ like to eat, chose the amount of courses you would prefer, order the wine pairing (ask for Stephen - he is not just a sommelier but a real wine genius!!!) and then just enjoy. Thanks again to the TRB team for one last unforgettable fine dining experience! We will miss you and you are the first restaurant we will visit once we are back in Beijing!!More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed February 17, 2020

The great restaurant with a very friendly staff and good vine selection, TRB Hutong deserves all Michelin stars, we are enjoyed this restaurant and we will back for sure

Date of visit: December 2019
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