Beijing Restaurant Guide:
Dining and Eating Out in Beijing

French Restaurants in Beijing

Brasserie Flo
Brasserie Flo, Beijing The Beijing branch of an international chain, Brasserie Flo has a suitably elegant interior yet manages to avoid feeling stuffy.
Good value and delicious business lunches (¥68 for 2 courses; ¥98 for 3 courses) makes Brasserie Flo a good place for a meeting during the day. While at night it makes a fine venue for a romantic dinner or the perfect restaurant for a special occasion. The regularly changing menu prepared by a French chef has main courses starting at around ¥80 while starters and desserts are mainly in the ¥40-50 range. Excellent service completes the dining experience. The only downside is Brasserie Flo’s location in the ugly Rainbow Plaza area, which makes the outdoor terrace uninviting.
Ph. (010) 6595 5135 Web: www.flo.cn Open: 12:00-15:00; 18:00-23:00
Address: 16 Dongsanhuan Bei Lu (inside Rainbow Plaza) Subway: Tuanjiehu
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去福楼,谢谢。地址:东三环北路16号隆博广场二楼。
Morel’s
Morels Restaurant, Beijing A charming little Belgian restaurant offering an extensive menu, massive portions and a quaint atmosphere.
Morel’s appears to pride itself on its mussels. The waiters will tell you with a flutter of delight if they have the crustaceons in fresh the day you dine. Mains run from ¥68 for a simple, sausage-based repast, while a more debonair duck breast costs ¥88 and the most expensive steak costs ¥168. Cheaper steaks are a steal at as little as ¥98. But best value perhaps is the massive set lunch – a three course feast plus a drink for just ¥88. In the beverage department Morel’s stocks a selection of Belgian beers (¥40-50 for 375mL), a fine array of French wine and cheaper local alcoholic options. Proficient service and Belgian folk music in the background add to the experience.
Ph. (010) 6416 8802 Web: www.morelsgroup.com Open: Tue-Sun 11:00-1:00
Address: 5 Xinzhong Jie (opposite Workers Stadium north gate) Subway: Dongsishitiao
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去莫劳龙玺,谢谢。地址:工人体育馆北门对面。
Le Petit Gourmand
Le Petit Gourmand Restaurant, Beijing A classy French restaurant, Le Petit Gourmand features stately furnishings and a bizarrely eclectic but extensive library.
Le Petit Gourmand makes an equally nice place to either relax with coffee and a book (or the free wi-fi) or to enjoy a fine dinner. There is an afternoon snack menu with prices around ¥40 while the quality coffee costs ¥12-25. For dining at Le Petit Gourmand, options include a range of pastas and couscous for ¥40, or heartier meat dishes, such as duck, steak and lamb, for ¥80-90. Perched at the top of Tongli Studio, there is also a verandah that affords sweeping views. On the downside, the ‘80s rock music that sometimes plays in the background sits awkwardly with the rest of the restaurant.
Ph. (010) 6417 6095 Open: 9:30-0:00
Address: Sanlitun Lu, Tongli Studios, 3rd Floor Subway: Tuanjiehu
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去小美食家,谢谢。地址:三里屯同里3层。
La Taverne
La Taverne Restaurant, Beijing La Taverne is a decent French restaurant and cafe opposite the west gate of the Workers Stadium.
Main courses average around ¥80-90, with a variety of steak, lamb, duck, chicken and fish on offer. The restaurant also has a heavy focus on crepes with a large selection to choose from for an average of ¥80. La Taverne boasts a delightful outdoor seating area, which is very charming apart from the incessant traffic noise. The interior is quite quaint if a little bland. Drinks are standard prices. The weekend brunch at La Taverne has a good reputation.
Ph. (010) 6551 8967 Web: www.lataverne.cn
Address: 7 Gongti Xi Lu Subway: Dongsishitiao Open: 10:00-14:30; 18:00-22:30
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