The good - The restaurant is beautiful, with the centerpiece being the open fire places where chefs finish the roasting of the ducks. The lighting is modern and stylish, and the food is presented attractively. The most entertaining was an appetizer which is presented in a noodle bird nest and delivered perched on a silver tree. Very fun.
The average - Service is typical for China, and dining at a high end restaurant does not seem to warrant being checked on at any time. The dessert maker forgot he was to make us a dish, and so the final course took over 45 minutes to finally arrive. On the upside we had no problem rejecting the bottle of wine which was spoiled when they opened it.
The unexpectedly average - Food is fine. It's not good, it's certainly not bad, but it's fine. The peking duck is actually quite bland, and has a grain fed taste to it, rather than the more gamey flavors I like. The cold chicken with a marinade tasted nice, but cold fatty bird is perhaps something that takes getting used to. Marinated grilled eel served with lemongrass was my favorite dish, and one which I highly recommend. The glaze is fairly sweet, and the texture of the eel is very nice. The coconut with sweet rice balls is served entertainingly with dry ice, but again the flavors are similar to what I purchase in any given china town. The fried apples with a candy glaze are fine, but it's really just battered and fried apples with a basic glaze. Nice enough snack, but I'd skip it.
The bad - really nothing bad. Service was poor, but as good as anywhere in Beijing. They offered me a comment card, but there was no manager to give my negative response to, so it went to the server instead. They acted confused when I asked for them to call me a cab and so they just sent me out on the street to find one for myself.
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