We wanted to have a blow out brunch in Beijing. It was Saint Patrick's Day and I was in the mood for lots of variety, Western delicacies (cheese!), brunch and other dishes all washed down with champagne. Having done my research, I knew we were going to spend a pretty yuan for the privilege. But the reviews I had read talked about 350 RMB per person, about $60. The bill was for over 1,000 RMB or $170 US dollars for a brunch and one of us is fifteen years old! Inflation? Okay, but 30% inflation? It was good enough for us to wish to go back, but at these prices it will have to remain a once-in-a-lifetime experience. If you do go, ask the friendly waiters for some hot melted butter for your lobster and crab claws. They were happy to oblige. Make sure to try the Peking Duck, dim sum and various curried items but skip the pot-roasty version of standing rib roast. Pace yourself, there is no way you can try even half of the offerings. Beautiful set up, lovely music, luxurious is the best word to sum it all up. As an ironic footnote, the hostess did ask us if we knew the price as she led us to our table. I said yes, based on my Internet research.
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