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“A Cut Above the Rest”
Review of Trb Hutong

Trb Hutong
Ranked #3 of 12,772 Restaurants in Beijing
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $75
Cuisines: European
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
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.
Reviewed November 26, 2012

We live in Beijing and have celebrated a number of special occasions such as birthdays and farewells, at some of the best restaurants in town. In my opinion, Temple Restaurant Beijing ranks right up there.

TRB, which resides in a converted Chinese temple, is modernity meets centuries of tradition. It is set in a quiet hutong neighborhood with a modern interior juxtaposed against the well-preserved temple exterior. The restaurant itself is intimate and perfect for romantic meals.

Service is impeccable - a doorman welcomes you at the entrance of the courtyard leading into the restaurant, the maitre 'd and bilingual waitstaff are personable and always on hand to refill your drinks and take your orders etc.

We opted for the 4-course tasting menu (398 RMB +15% service charge), which was excellent. A degustation menu for 980 RMB is also available. The wine list is extensive and features wines from all the key wine regions around the world. We were served a selection of complimentary amuse bouche and fresh bread before the meal, and a series of petit fours following our dessert course. Because we were celebrating our first year anniversary, we also enjoyed a fruit tart made with seasonal fruits, compliments of the chef.

TRB also features an excellent bar that serves some of Beijiing's best cocktails. While there are a couple of mainstays on the drinks menu, seasonal cocktails are introduced every couple of months. Cocktails can be ordered in the bar or at the restaurant.

As we left the restaurant, we were presented with a little gift - a small pot of homemade fruit jam, which made our day. Fine dining has become very popular in the capital but it is the little touches like these that sets apart a great restaurant from the others, and creates a memorable experience for its guests.

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2  Thank Mei L
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Temple Restaura... B, Manager at Trb Hutong, responded to this reviewResponded November 29, 2012

Dear Mei L,

Thank you for choosing TRB for your special dinner. We are glad to hear that you have enjoyed our tasting menu. Our chefs are committed to keep it exciting and seasonal. As well, it is our pleasure to pass on your positive comments to our bartenders. Happy marriage and we hope to have the two of you back soon.

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Reviewed November 26, 2012

I took my beautiful wife here for our eleventh anniversary dinner. We could not have been happier with the entire experience. Service, service, service, and impeccable quality are truly the foundations of this great restaurant. As you can probably tell, I am a man of few words, but I'd be remiss if i didn't say a heart-felt thanks you to the Chef and wait-staff who served us that night. Much gratitude.

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Temple Restaura... B, Manager at Trb Hutong, responded to this reviewResponded November 29, 2012

Dear CDNRower,

We shall extend your thanks with great pleasure. TRB would like to wish you once again a very happy anniversary. May there be many more years to come. We will be waiting for you.

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Reviewed November 25, 2012

I can only confirm what so many people wrote before: if you happen to in Beijing and want to have a superior dining experience, this is the place to be !

Everything is finished till the last detail, starting from the moment you arrive by taxi, till you get in back into the taxi, after a gorgeous dinner.
I can only compliment chef Ignace that he has been able to set up this wonderful restaurant.

I can write a long article about the way the renovation of the "Temple" is done, the descrete service of the staff (so profesional), the atmosphere, the quality and presenation of the food, the many extra's you get during the dinner and last but not least the way how the chef is managing the whole evening, like a conductor with his orchestra.

Go and discover yourself and I am sure it will be one of the highlights of your visit to Beijing !

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3  Thank PMHK59
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Temple Restaura... B, Manager at Trb Hutong, responded to this reviewResponded November 29, 2012

Dear PMHK59,

We are overwhelmed by your encouraging post. Thank you so much. TRB is very passionate about hospitality and it feels great to hear that it is reflected. We are looking forward to charm you soon again.

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Reviewed November 24, 2012

This is probably as good as it gets when it comes to dining in Beijing - and most definitely on a larger scale as well. This is not just a night out to a restaurant, but rather a complete experience - from the moment you are guided from the small hutong street to the restaurant to having your food and the many complementary extras.

The setting of this restaurant is very special, to say the least. You go in a very small hutong alley and at the end of the road, you see the TRB. The restaurant itself is set in a renovated temple in the middle of the hutongs and indicates the style of the restaurant: modern cuisine in traditional Beijing.

We chose to go for the tasting menu and found ourselves enjoying every dish. Everything is very refined, cooked just "à point" and the flavour combination is a delight for your tasting senses. Also, the many additional extra's you receive give you a feeling of being extremely spoilt.

The staff itself is also very helpful and professional. They are able to assist you in english and have good knowledge of the food and wine. The owner of this restaurant is furthermore gifted with an impeccable eye for detail. While his staff is able to fully assist the customers, he is overlooking everything and makes sure all customers leave satisfied.

If you are looking for an unforgettable dining experience in a unique setting, this is place to be.

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3  Thank EBelMel
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Temple Restaura... B, Manager at Trb Hutong, responded to this reviewResponded November 25, 2012

DearEBelMel,

We read your review with great pleasure. It makes our day to hear that
our hospitality was well received. We are particularly excited to
learn that our local talents impressed you with their skills and
knowledge.

Thank you for recognizing them. TRB hopes to see you soon.

TRB Management

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Reviewed November 24, 2012

We were taken to this restaurant by Beijing natives (expats). The restaurant is gorgeous: modernity of furnishing and decor inside an abandoned temple. The service was excellent. We ordered a bottle of red wine which was decanted to ensure its aeration, and it was excellent. The food was okay but did notmlive up to the service and decor. Nonetheless I did not regret my evening in this beautiful spot which seemed like a tourist attraction in itself.

1  Thank tim90nyc
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Temple Restaura... B, Manager at Trb Hutong, responded to this reviewResponded November 25, 2012

Dear tim90nyc,

Many thanks for your thoughtful review. Your positive comments about
our service and decor are greatly appreciated. We are sorry to hear
that you feel our food was not at par with the rest of your dining
experience. However, it encourages us to strive for better results.

TRB Management

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