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“At this moment, surely one of the best restaurants in the world.”
Review of TRB Hutong

TRB Hutong
Ranked #2 of 12,754 Restaurants in Beijing
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $75
Cuisines: European
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, 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 March 20, 2013

When you learn that this place opened less than two years ago, it's astonishing, because the level of service and presentation here feel like a place that has a long and outstanding tradition. I have been here twice. Both times I felt like a welcome guest, not a customer. The food is absolutely outstanding; the wine list is extravagantly sourced, reasonably priced, and well explained by a charming and knowledgeable sommelier. The check, though steep by Beijing standards, was presented almost as an afterthought - as if their pleasure was in giving me a great evening, and the money was incidental. (Yeah, yeah, I know - but how many fine restaurants can you think of that give you that feeling?) Ignace is an extraordinary restaurateur....his concept, design, and execution here are flawless. Let him or his expertly trained waiters guide you through the menu, and be adventurous - there are wonderful surprises abounding. (Lobster mousse ... parmesan cheese puffs ... both are amuses bouche ... a roasted turbot .... lobster bisque with raspberries and caviar - meltingly tender suckling pig etc etc) Spectacular dining, a gorgeous setting, generous and friendly service. I had dinner in 1995 at the soon-to-be-world-famous El Bulli in Catalonia when Fernand Adria' was a new chef - the enthusiasm and excellence of the staff at TRB reminds me of Adria's staff - excited to be working in such a great place. And that is the highest compliment I can give. [I might add that on the second night I visited, a group of 34 businessmen and women was entertained at a table in the next room, and never for a moment did I feel that I received less attention than that group. If you've ever been a solo diner, that is saying something.]

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Temple Restaura... B, Manager at TRB Hutong, responded to this reviewResponded March 25, 2013

Dear Bamydood, TRB would like to say thank you for sharing this wonderful review. It is humbling to be able to be compared to El Bulli. Having enjoyed the opportunity to visit El Bulli a couple of years ago it certainly is a high praise.
We are looking forward to continue to journey to perfection
Thank you again for your visit

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Reviewed March 17, 2013

What I like about TRB is that they always surprise you with thoughtful details and compliments: there's a tray with delicious sweets and chocolates that comes your way in the end of the meal and you feel like a child in a candy shop especially thrilled because you're offered to choose as much as you want for free. There are compliments from the kitchen before your ordered food and in between meals. Staff calls taxi for you which in Beijing is rare and thus a pleasant surprise. On International Women's Day we were offered glasses of high quality prosseco as compliments as well. They make their guests feel special and appreciated

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Temple Restaura... B, Manager at TRB Hutong, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2013

We are glad you enjoyed your pink bubbles and the dining experience as much as we enjoy having you on International Woman's Day. Thanks for letting us charm you with little surprises and hope you will visit our 'candy shop' in the near future.

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Reviewed March 15, 2013

TRB is a hidden gem. A bit difficult to find tucked away at the end of a busy old Beijing alley but if you follow the directions that TRB sends to your mobile phone with your booking confirmation (in English and Chinese so you can share with your driver), it is no problem and if you get impatient, just phone and TRB staff will guide you. The restaurant itself is in an old temple that has been transformed in an extraordinary smart contemporary venue.
The service is fantastic: the staff takes constant care of you but ever so discreetly. Never will your glass be left empty or your table without bread or butter but you almost don't notice the many waiters and waitresses looking after you with style.
The food is of French inspiration. Nothing to say on the quality of cooking and the taste and presentation of the dishes, just that it is very good from starters to desserts. The wine list is impressive with a long list of French wines and a large selection of new world wines. Wine prices range from reasonable (RMB 300/400) to very expensive (add a few zeros for some superb wines). Wine service is excellent: right temperature, glasses and carafes adapted to each wine.
We live in Beijing and feel we have at last found the right place for those special occasions where you want everything to be perfect.

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Temple Restaura... B, Manager at TRB Hutong, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2013

Thanks a lot for sharing your pictures and taking you time to visit TRB. We are delighted to be the venue for your special occasions where you would like everything to be perfect and can't wait till your next one.

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Reviewed March 15, 2013

Arriving there is quite an experience. Going down dusty back streets barely wide enough for on car - meet another one and you have problems. Small shops spilling out onto the streets and houses make you think you must have got lost until, tucked into a corner as he road winds you come to the TRB Restaurant.
it has been beautifully restored with the surviving parts of the old temple ( of which there are many) blended skilfully with modern architecture. The atmosphere is friendly and slight surreal (in a good way) and the food was excellent. I would describe it as fundamentally French with a Chinese twist. Subtle, mouthwatering flavours made with high quality ingredients.
Excellent wine list plenty of good wines at reasonable prices.
Dinner for 2 one bottle of wine , one aperitif each came to about RMB 190.
Definitely worth a visit for both the food and the building.

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Temple Restaura... B, Manager at TRB Hutong, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2013

Thanks for making the efforts to visit us through the Beijing hutongs. We are glad that our growing wine list meets your satisfaction.
Much looking forward to welcome you again soon

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Reviewed March 14, 2013

Set in the grounds of a 600 year old temple, this is, in my opinion, among the finest restaurants in China. The service is superb, the food sublime, and the setting at the end of a buzzing residential lane, unique. Operations are overseen by the charismatic Ignace Leclair, formerly of Maison Bulud Beijing. Ignace is a consummate professional and has passed his talents on successfully to his helpful team. We enjoyed melt in the mouth gravlax and soft white cod cooked to perfection, accompanied by excellent wine by the glass. I would recomend this to anyone looking for an excellent dinner in a unique location in Beijing.

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Temple Restaura... B, Manager at TRB Hutong, responded to this reviewResponded March 18, 2013

Dear HongKong Fan,
Thanks for share your review with us and your recommendation. We glad you enjoyed our signature dish Gravlax as much as our service. I will certainly share your kind note to our hard-working team, we hope to have your back soon.

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