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“A gem of a find”
Review of Austen Kitchen - CLOSED

Austen Kitchen
Price range: $2 - $5
Cuisines: Diner, Italian
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Pleses make reservation in advance by phone or by email!Much appreciate! With a charming arrangement full of mahogany furniture, soft reading lamps and vintage music, Austen Cafe is an ideal place that is sweet and cosy enough for friends' reunion, couple's relaxation or colleagues' small talk after work. We serve Italian cuisine including pasta, lasagne, panini, breads and soups which are totally home made with top-shelf ingredients. And we also serve beef steak with authentic Australian red wine. besides, our cakes and deserts are favored most amoungst all we serve.Warm welcome to make a RESERVATION in advance!and Cash only now:)How to find us?A: Please take a taxi to the Nanluoguxiang(南锣鼓巷)the North entrance, go into the main street to the south, about 30 meters long, passing by a public toilet, on the LEFT hand the First hutong,named Xiaojuer Hutong(小菊儿胡同 )turn LEFT, go into about 20 meters you can see Austen Kitchen!B:By the No.6 subway get off at the Nanluoguxiang(南锣鼓巷 )station, go into the main street to the north, about 1000 meters passing by Starburks, on the RIGHT hand when you saw the Yogurt shop then ture right to the Xiaojuer Hutong(小菊儿胡同),go into 20 meters you can find Austen Kitchen!
Reviewed January 11, 2014

The English speaking lady owner was extremely attentive and helpful, explaining in detail the items on the menu. We were a group of 4 and had 4 differently starters(all of which were excellent - cheese platter, meat platter, roast vegetables and mozzarella and tomato) and salmon and fillet steak (cooked perfectly to order) mains, washed down by a bottle of the house red. Excellent!

Note that the restaurant seats only 16 and takes cash only. Telephone booking is possible.

We walked there along the highly vibrant and atmospheric South Luongu Lane, in the very old hutong district of Dongcheng.

The subway system is convenient for those who don' want to walk!

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2  Thank Gordon_PWirral
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Austen C, Owner at Austen Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded February 8, 2014

Dear Gordon_PWirral,

Thank you for your coming! It's so nice to meet you guys in Austen! And i am so happy you were all enjoyable in our food, and our chatting!

Now you are all come back to England, though the trip in China ended, i wish you guys still remember the time you spent in Austen!

Best regards,

Austen-C

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Reviewed January 7, 2014

We decided to try Austen's for dinner after seeing the amazing reviews on TripAdvisor. We were not disappointed.

The lovely lady owner walked us through their selection of hand-made dishes, from which we ordered the mushroom soup, carbonara, rosemary lamb and beef fillet. Everything was perfect, and we particularly enjoyed the black pepper sauce -it went nicely with the medium-bodied Italian red that she recommended. We topped off the meal with panna cotta, lava cake and hot chocolate, which were just as divine.

We finished dinner in about an hour and a half, but continued to sit there chatting with the owners long after they'd closed. It was an unforgettable experience, especially in a city like Beijing where encounters are ephemeral and acquaintances impossibly fleeting. The cosy setting, warm food, and sincere hospitality coalesced seamlessly to make this one of our best nights in the city.

A highly recommended restaurant for unpretentious food that thrives on quality, brought to you by people who really love (and know) what they're doing.

1  Thank Ming H
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Austen C, Owner at Austen Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded February 8, 2014

Dear Ming H,

Happy Chinese new year!

Thank you for your review, so sincerely, touched us very much! We still remembered that night, we are have a great conversation, so impressive!

Hope all your wish will come true in the near future!

Looking forward to seeing you again!


Best,
Austen-C

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Reviewed January 3, 2014 via mobile

It is the must to visit place in Beijing. Hand made food and super tasty pasts. Must try pasta with seafood. Everything is nore that fresh!

1  Thank Nikita P
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Austen C, Owner at Austen Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded January 7, 2014

Dear guest,

Thanks a lot for your honest review! and thank you come again and again!

Hope you are lucky in your home country, and hope we have a chance to meet again!

Best,
Austen-C

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Reviewed December 20, 2013

After a few weeks in Beijing, I gave up hope of finding an authentic Italian restaurant which was affordable and cozy. On a weekday trip down Nanlougu street we were looking for a particular restaurant and chanced upon Austen.

On opening the door the first thing that hit me was the warmth(literally). After walking around on a very cold day it was a wonderful welcome. The seating capacity is about 8 or 10 but I was very taken in by the cozy ambience. Lovely, old feel lighting and handwritten menu. Its an ideal place for romantics and artists but just as enjoyed by groups of friends or colleagues or solo guests who are looking for some quiet.

The owners are the sweetest. Patient and helpful, the are a model of hospitality. He was in Italy for some years as an apprentice to a popular Italian Chef and she has some British connection. After helping us choose our food (lasagna, creamy pasta carbonara, and mushroom soup) we were left undisturbed to our conversation.Wine is available too.

The food. it was wow. We enjoyed all of it. With some warm lemon water, it made the perfect blend of authentic Italian food and the Chinese way to deal with the cold. Coffee after food was an ideal way to end the meal. I had a long chat with the owner after we were done and were given a very warm send off.

I will definitely go back and take friends with me. The warmth of the people, the ambience and the food all deserve to be known.

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Austen C, Owner at Austen Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded January 7, 2014

Dear guests,

Thanks for your honest review! How kind you are!

Wish you have a wonderful holiday in Thailand and still remember our traditional Italian home cuisine!

Keep warm, keep sweet~

Austen-C

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Reviewed December 16, 2013 via mobile

Food is nice, great steak. It would be nice if the owner can provide a menu with photos because when i saw the seafood pasta served on my neighboring table, my mouth began to water but then it was too late, my stomach was already full with the great sirloin steak.

The lady owner was very polite and made me feel so privileged. Good job.

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Austen C, Owner at Austen Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded January 7, 2014

Dear guest,

Thanks for you lovely review:)

I guess you are still in Canada for your holiday, wish you are happy there~ and so warmly welcome you and your beautiful wife come again to Austen to taste our wonderful food!

Best,
Austen-c

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