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“Best European Restaurant in Beijing” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of TRB Hutong

TRB Hutong
Ranked #1 of 12,603 Restaurants in Beijing
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $29 - $73
Cuisines: French, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Houhai
Description: TRB serves contemporary European cuisine and is committed to providing the highest levels of hospitality for our guests. In creating our dining space, the Australian architectural and design firm Hassell emphasized the clean, light filled and thoroughly modern lines of what was once a television factory producing the capital's first black and white TVs. The history of the TRB compound spans 600 years: it includes ancient halls of worship, factories constructed after the Communist takeover and slogans left over from the Cultural Revolution. Renovation began in 2008, focussed on preserving all the layers of history and keeping as much as possible of the original structures.
Hong Kong, China
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53 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Best European Restaurant in Beijing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2012

Located on the corner towards the end of a narrow street, you will see (if attending at night) the illuminated initials of TRB on the traditional grey brick of old Beijing. A thick set man approached us on our arrival and quietly ushered us into a traditional temple building, through the courtyard - where you catch your first glance of the restaurant, into the bar area and down to the seating area of the restaurant. We had a lovely banquet corner of the restaurant where everything was in full view. Although set in an historic temple, the restaurant itself is wonderfully understated, chich and modern. Nice touches are the L'Occitane products in the ladies bathroom and AESOP in the mens bathroom.

The menu is modern European and nicely comprehensive, the wine list is extremely well thought out and one of the best I've seen in Beijing. We had a few amuse bouche, however the first thing to hit the table were the tiniest of brioche, followed by a wonderful vegetable and crab soup. For entrée, I had a snail and foi gras dish, the foi gras portion was wonderfully fresh and lightly pan seared and a decent portion size to boot, this was followed by another complimentary amuse bouche of lobster set in foi gras and a lovely salmon tartare. For main course I had the suckling pig on mashed potato (the best mashed potato I've had in Beijing), dessert was a rich dark chocolate tart, that the maitre'd served with a complimentary glass of dessert wine.

Whilst we waited for a cab (you don't call cabs in Beijing, so the gentleman who greeted us outside went to hunt one down for us), we were sat in the bar area where we were served two complimentary drinks, the first a wonderful dark berry cocktail, the other a petite digestive.

All in all, this is by far the best dining experience I've had in Beijing. The maitre'd was very professional and attentive, the staff are extremely well trained and every detail has been well thought out. I look forward to my return during the day - perhaps for brunch so I can view the wonderful courtyard.

  • Visited March 2012
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The Hague, Netherlands
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Stylish restaurant in classical surroundings”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2012

Wow, what a beautiful restaurant! Classical temple redesigned to be a stylish restaurant serving western(ish) food. Went here for lunch with a group and enjoyed it very much. The design and atmosphere are great. It is set in a (sort of) hutong near the National Art Museum. The food is good but not exceptional, but the venue alone is worth going. The three course lunch menu is 135 yuan ex 15% tax/service (around 20 euro incl drinks), which is expensive for Chinese standards but worth it.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Sherbrooke, Canada
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“One of the top three restaurants in Beijing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2012

This restaurant compares very favourably with the other top restaurants in Beijing for western food (Maison Boulud and Capital M).
Easy to find, it is located in a very interesting building, a former temple. I went for dinner and I thought they could improve the outdoor lighting to better show the architectural features of the place.
This restaurant just recently opened but I found the service excellent, definitely better than my experience at Capital M. Wine was served at the right temperature (and not at room temperature like at Capital M!). There is ample staff and they are very friendly with attention to details. Although we ordered a bottle a red wine my girlfriend was having oysters as an appetizer, she was offered a complimentary glass of white wine. The food was excellent although the portions were a bit small.
Only one small disappointment is while the exterior of the building is quite interesting, the interior is quite modern and somewhat clashes with the exterior environment.

  • Visited March 2012
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Thank JPDeM
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Beijing, China
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“Tasty food and good service in historical Beijing surroundings”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2012

Just a few hundred meters away from the North East corner of the Forbidden City, this restaurant mixes old Beijing with new cuisine. The small street leading to the restaurant offers a glimpse of the busy and noisy life of local Beijingers, but once through the gates of the restaurant, you are in a different world. The beautiful buildings of the old temple grounds, which host the restaurant, offer solemn silence for contemplating the past and enjoying the tasty treats. A great place for bringing visitors or special occasions.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Robert M
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