Food Awards 2017: Brunch

Our nominations for the best brunches in Beijing

Brunch in Beijing is about a lot more than a plate of Instagram-able avocado on toast. Some of the city's finest eateries nobly open their doors to feed our hungover weekend selves, and for that we are truly grateful. Here's our pick of the best in Beijing – you can vote for your favourite here.

Mosto

The folks over at Mosto never take a moment’s rest. While Beijingers fled the city this National Holiday, the Nali Patio eatery’s crew were hard at work revitalising their space. Gone is the out-dated decor and disordered bar. The new Mosto is all about sophisticated funk – the soundtrack, ...

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81 Sanlitun Lu (Sanlitun, --select--)

Opera Bombana

Usually when a chef as internationally acclaimed as Umberto Bombana comes to a developing place like Beijing, it’s only short-term. Chefs of his calibre usually do a promotional stint at a hotel restaurant, stroll around the Forbidden City and promptly jet back off to wherever they came from. So ...

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9 Dongdaqiao Lu (Changping)

Taco Bar

Critics' pick

With carnitas and fish tacos this good, no wonder the place is bumping every night. Tequila flows with a fierce passion at Taco Bar, but the real gems come from chef-owner Kin Hong’s kitchen, not the bottle. Original Review Back in 2012, Taco Bar was a secret eatery notorious for kickass ...

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Nan Sanlitun Lu (Sanlitun, --select--)

Migas

Critics' pick

When do the staff at Spanish restaurant Migas have time to siesta? Whether the kitchen is turning out stunning dry-aged cuts of Chilean wagyu, imported by head chef and resident madman Aitor Olabegoya himself, or setting up a summertime cevicheria – they have a rooftop that’s effectively the ...

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81 Sanlitun Lu (Changping)

TRB Hutong (formerly Temple Restaurant Beijing)

Critics' pick

Fine dining is all about occasion, and no restaurant respects the pageantry of the formal meal more than TRB Hutong (formerly Temple Restaurant Beijing). Proprietor Ignace Lecleir commands an army of highly trained, attentive staff that wow you with kindness, complimentary champagne and a ...

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23 Shatan Beijie (Miyun county)

Capital M

Capital M, perched in front of the historic Qianmen Gate and over looking the old market street, delivers one of Beijing's most spectacular dining experiences. Enjoy drinks on the terrace while taking in views of Tian'anmen Square and Mao's mausoleum before retiring for an meal within the ...

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2 Qianmen Buxing Jie (Miyun county)

Modernista Restaurant

When it comes to absinthe, burlesque and late-night 10RMB shots, no one can deny that art deco paradise Modernista has long reigned supreme. Like many of its neighbours, however, it lacked the space in the trousers to realise its full potential – until recently. After expanding into the ...

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44 Baochao Hutong

Agua

After a dramatic and abrupt closing in its original location in Chienmen 23, Agua is open for business in a new home on the fourth floor of Nali Patio. Banquettes line the back wall, and roomy tables and plush velvet chairs occupy a spacious dining room that is elegantly lit. Tables are ...

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81 Sanlitun Bei Lu (Sanlitun, --select--)

Niajo

It’s hard not to grimace a little at the cliché of yet another Spanish restaurant in Sanlitun greeting you with cheesy power ballads, but the cheerful charm of the colourful striped curtains, wicker furniture and the honest menu at Niajo save it from making a bad first impression. Chef and ...

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81 Sanlitun Lu (Changping)

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