Food Awards 2017: New Restaurant

Our pick of the best restaurants that opened in Beijing in 2016

In many respects, 2016 was a total travesty. In the Beijing food and drink world, however, it was not. Last year saw a glut of promising new openings in the city, diversifying even further our choices of sweet spots to eat, drink and drown our sorrows as the world crumbles around us. These are our picks of the best new restaurants in Beijing – you can vote for your favourite here.

Saigon Mama

For a city of its size and regional importance, Beijing’s streets should be teeming with the bright, halcyon flavours of Southeast Asia. Yet we are locked in a constant search for good Thai, Vietnamese and Singaporean. A recent arrival from San Francisco via Shanghai, Saigon Mama looks set to ...

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19 Sanlitun Lu (Changping)

Jing Restaurant

A contemporary French fusion restaurant at The Peninsula celebrating 'farm-to-table' cooking in a stylish setting evoking a mystical Chinese garden.

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8 Jinyu Hutong (Miyun county)


When restaurants become famous, customers tend to overpay for mediocrity. But not always. Morning started off peddling staple noodle dishes from Wuhan. But after the restaurant’s awesome reganmian (热 干面, hot dry noodles), youthful approach to the old-school noodle shop and handsome owners ...

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10 Taiping Zhuang (Changping)

Fu Tapas and Wine

There is no denying that Beijing’s drink scene is dominated by cocktail bars and craft beer halls, but the arrival of Fu, a wine and small plates bar just off Nanluoguxiang, marks the beginning of what will hopefully be a new era in the history of the city’s relationship with wine. A project ...

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25 Ju'er Hutong

Slow Boat Sanlitun Brewpub

In spite of the trend towards ultra high-end in Beijing’s nightlife district, craft brewing operations continue to dominate much of the daily business. Sanlitun’s craft beer halls are perennially packed to the rafters with a gas-like supply of customers – they fill whatever space is provided for ...

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6 Sanlitun Nan Lu (Changping)

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