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.
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