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“Simply chinese”

BeiJing Li Yuan Restaurant (JinBao Jie)
Ranked #1,544 of 12,840 Restaurants in Beijing
Price range: $15 - $20
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Good for: Business meetings
Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Tian'anmen / Wangfujing
Reviewed August 5, 2012

We went to this restaurant during our first night in beijing. We were quite tired because of the long trip so we chose it because it was close to the hotel. It's a quite big restaurant with a 80's atmosphere and big tables. It was a little bit hard to communicate with the waiters because they speak very little English. But they were nice and tried to be helpful so at the end we had a quite nice dinner even if it was a bit expensive for the quality and for the place.

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Reviewed July 11, 2012

It was our last night in Beijing and we were exhausted from the heat (if you have a choice, do not visit Beijing or Shanghai in July/August). Lei Garden Restaurant was just across the courtyard from the Park Plaza Wangfujing so, easy to get to. This was our most disappointing experience dining in Beijing. There are so many staff tripping over one another and only one with a little English and he had the compulsory headset and mic, so had someone in his ear whilst he was trying to take people's orders. We ordered by pointing at the menu, but then the fun started - the service was very slow and we were quite amused watching other tables going through the same comical experience. The food was good but very slow, it could have just been the night we were there. One of our dishes just didn't arrive and at the end of the meal a waiter chased us to the elevator with it packed up for take-away.. he most put off that we didn't want it. Also, don't order any dishes with prawns in Beijing/Shanghai the one dish will cost more than your entire bill of many dishes.

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Reviewed May 29, 2012

As a foodie family and having lived in Hong Kong, the capital of gastronomic Cantonese food, we find Lei Garden Beijing to be every bit as good as its Hong Kong cousin and consider it one of the best Chinese restaurants in Beijing. It is also one of the highest rated restaurants in Beijing on the Chinese gourmand website .

Lei Garden is well/best known for its soups. When making reservation, it's best to reserve the soup you want at the same time. They offer a daily soup, as well as 4 other that are constant offerings. If you have a small party (2-3), order a half portion and definitely reserve ahead as the half portions of any of the soups seem to go first. The soups are delicate tasting and yet very very flavorful. It's no wonder that the soup could cost as much as 3-4 times the price of some of their other main dishes. Another dish that should not be missed is the crispy skin squab. The skin is cooked to absolute perfection, beautiful golden brown, with a subtle hint of spices. We almost feel it may even be better than the skin of the best Peking Duck around town. Finally, try the noodle in lobster bisque served in a bamboo tube. So savory and yet light!

Its desserts are also noteworthy. Both mango pudding and yoji mannose (mixture of sago, mango, grapefruit, in a coconut juice/cream broth) are considered to be the best by many. On a recent visit, both ran out and we were offered a soup of finely grated (and possibly strained) guava. It was light and refreshing, a great finish for the meal.

Service could be hot or cold. We've had people fawning over us, but also had difficult times getting attention. Noise level can be high when the restaurant is full. Both can definitely be improved for the price you pay, but the quality of the food makes up for it to a large extent. The key to making sure you don't miss out on some of their best offerings is to reserve ahead.

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Thank V L
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Reviewed May 6, 2012

Really bad service, they does close the restaurante at 22h30 as per the door but at 21h15 they did not want us to get in! we had to be forcing to get a table.
Food was good.
The service was terrible experience and not fleible at all.
BAD....

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Thank Oamericano
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Reviewed April 24, 2012

We had a busy evening - so we booked to have our meal at 8:30 pm. And most of the items we wanted to eat were no longer available.

As a consequence we ended up ordering multiple rounds of the dishes they had available.

Also, given its location (near Wangfujing), the staff had very poor language skills.

The dishes we got - they were all cooked in the authentic Cantonese style. And they were delicious.

And while we did try some of the expensive restaurants in town - this one is really much more expensive than you expect for Cantonese cuisine. We have tried it for lunch during an earlier visit - and it gets extremely busy and noisy at lunch - exactly what you expect from a good Cantonese restaurant.

Overall - service was a language struggle, food was delicious, menu was extremely limited at that time.

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