Bistrot B

Delectable French comfort food in Beijing
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There has been an awakening over the past couple of years in the Beijing dining scene, and Rosewood Beijing’s Bistrot B represents a welcome development in the city. Its unpretentious, high-quality and locally sourced food is gratifying to any who find themselves overwhelmed by the fast pace of change in China.

The focus is on French cuisine, but this is far from dogmatic and the menu accounts for all tastes, featuring seasonal and locally sourced fare.

Head chef Jarrod Verbiak earned his stripes working under master chef Daniel Boulud at Daniel in New York. Rosewood Beijing as a whole made a commitment to sourcing locally wherever possible and Verbiak carries a similar vision.

He is clearly passionate about supporting local producers and artisans with produce coming from farms in Shunyi and cheeses made by Le Fromager de Pekin in the Hui Long Guan District.
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Our Inspector's Highlights
• With an expansive open kitchen, a large display of fresh seafood and the smell of crisp baked bread, your senses will be alert from the get-go.

• Start with an aperitif or a glass of wine — the cocktails are well made and the wine collection offers a great selection of old and new world bottles as well as a few from China.

• If you’re looking for a more intimate setting, there is a wine degustation room on the second floor that is ideal for private dining or tastings. Beautifully furnished with mahogany fittings, it doesn’t feel ostentatious, just quietly elegant.

• Verbiak’s abilities shine through with the classic dishes executed in a manner befitting their status.

• When you have had your fill, there is a welcoming fireplace to retire to in colder months to sip your post-dinner drinks. Bistrot B is spacious, with high ceilings and warm natural tones, but still feels intimate.
Things to Know
• Bistrot B offers breakfast (6:30 to 10:30 a.m.), lunch (Monday through Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) and dinner (5:30 to 10:30) daily. The three-course lunch menu is exceptionally good value at RMB170 (US$27), including tea and coffee.

• Sunday brunch is available from noon until 3:30 p.m. each week.

• No matter which meal you plan to have at the Beijing restaurant, bookings are advised. The excellent French cuisine, verdant terrace for warmer months and great views over downtown make it an in-demand spot.

• A smart casual dress code befits the contemporary bistro setting. Nice jeans with a blouse or button down would be acceptable, but ladies might be more comfortable in a breezy skirt or sundress and gents might prefer khakis.
The Food
• You can’t go wrong with the carefully prepared charcuterie or fresh pasta made in house.

• The semolina pappardelle with lamb ragout is delightful, the ribbons al dente and the meat tender and full of flavor.

• For something heavier, the wagyu burger with foie gras and black truffle aioli is decadent and delicious and will make you want to abandon all decorum.

• The seasonal fruit tarts du jour are sensational — we enjoyed a mango option during our visit. But if you are after something a little more sinful, try the eye-catching baked Alaska.

• Sunday brunch gives you the choice to recover or dive back into hedonistic abandon. Smoked salmon Benedict might be the your go-to dish, but you’ll be tempted to try the Belgian waffle with Grand Marnier sabayon (a creamy custard).
The Drinks
• Try the Peking Paloma (tequila, grapefruit juice and Sichuan peppercorn-infused syrup), for a spicy Chinese twist on a classic drink.

• There is an option for free-flow “hangover” drinks at brunch — the classics, like Bloody Marys and Bellinis, are available alongside a Sanlitun sangria.

• The sangria, made of red wine with brandy and seasonal fruits, will help you extend your Saturday night long into your Sunday afternoon.
Getting There
Jing Guang Centre, Hujialou, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100020, PRC, China
TEL86-10-6536-0066
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