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First Look: Tribe

Eat fresh at this new Sanlitun restaurant

What is it?

It’s hard enough to be healthy in Beijing. It’s not the pea-soup air, it’s the two-drink minimum expat lifestyle, or even worse: greasy, unhealthy food. In this new venture, Tribe, Chef Brandon Trowbridge (he’s the guy from NOLA) wants to make things easier. He’s part of a smart bistro along Gongti aimed at the type of people who would go on a juice cleanse. The two-level space, stocked with dark couches and Edison lights, already has enough energy as its food.

What’s on the menu?

Salads, sandwiches and smoothies with dynamic flavours and upmarket ingredients. Everything is illustrated with a ‘glossary of goodness,’ which tells you if the dishes are gluten-free, vegan, good for your heart, or one of a number of other health-focused traits. Pretty much everything on the menu has at least three of them. Items show some experimentation; our bulgogi beef wrap sported mozzarella, kale, go-chu crema and pickles under that sesame tortilla. What’s more, there’s some fresh-pressed juice blends (38-48RMB) and organic wine and beer (from 48RMB) to wash it all down with.

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We say The place draws a lot of comparisons to nearby Moka Bro’s for an emphasis on food that makes you feel good and with an equally bright, cosy space to match. You are what you eat, you know.

Tribe Building 3, China View, 2 Gongti Dong Lu, Chaoyang district (8587 1899). Open 10.30am-10.30pm daily. 朝阳区工体东路2号中国红街大厦

  • 4 out of 5 stars