Chinese eats in elegant private lounges
The dining experience at The House of Dynasties is steeped in tradition. Located on the fourth floor of Rosewood Beijing, the restaurant specializes in creating elegantly authentic Chinese feasts in a unique environment. The cuisine focuses on dishes drawn from Huaiyang (a sub-region of southern China) and Cantonese culture.
The House of Dynasties is actually a collection of private dining rooms, creating a very intimate environment for special occasions, business dinners or for those who want to take advantage of its dim sum lunch. Each room is decorated to reflect a different Chinese dynasty, from furnishings to table settings. And the views, too, are spectacular — large windows look out over the cityscape of urban Beijing.
There are eight separate rooms, with seating up to 18 people; to the largest space is 1,200 square feet. Each room highlights a different period in Chinese history. Dark wooden tables and textured paintings depicting antique Chinese scenes create a luxurious atmosphere.
Oriental art pieces add to the unique décor, along with beautiful china and cutlery covered in historical designs. Other touches include artwork with exquisite Chinese calligraphy and bright floral arrangements.
Chefs Ng Wing Fu, Sham Wing On and Gu Zhenghua each infuse flavors from their favorite hometown meals. Chinese food is sometimes divided into four main traditions and, with the restaurant’s interesting blend of Cantonese and Huaiyang cuisine, The House of Dynasties’ food covers two of these categories. Classic Cantonese is defined by richness, while Huaiyang food is lighter and more focused on fresh ingredients.
Beautiful tropical produce complements steak, scallop and crab dishes — think papaya, bamboo and Chinese dates. The restaurant’s wine and spirits pair wonderfully with the wide selection of food options. And expect flavorful desserts like pan-fried rice puddings and special seasonal menus for popular holidays like the Lunar New Year.
Quite a bit more intimate than an open kitchen, chefs prepare fresh cuts of meat, seafood and vegetables at live cooking stations right in front of you. In fact, there’s a special char siu master on staff to ensure all grilled dishes come out perfectly. The crispy-skinned pork belly is his masterpiece, a clear highlight on the dinner menu. For another variation on a typical Cantonese delicacy, try the pork puff filled with spiced apple puree.
The Tea and Dim Sum
The authentic dim sum menu offers classics such as barbecued pork buns and rice rolls. Chef Fu, a Shanghai native, is a dim sum master and perfected the restaurant’s selection of bite-sized small plates. À la carte, order honey-glazed char siu and poached clams with wasabi. The deeply flavorful turnip cakes display the intricate technique of the entire culinary team.
Continuing to honor China’s history, the Beijing restaurant ensures you understand the centuries-old customs around Chinese teas. The extensive tea selection is accompanied by a thorough introduction to the drink. As a sign that this place is serious about its brews, there are charming metal teakettles integrated as part of the lounge décor.