First published on 2 Dec 2010. Updated on 1 Aug 2012.
Crescent Moon has turned many mutton haters in to mutton lovers, simply by spicing up the meat with wonderful Uighur seasonings.
This is the best Xinjiang restaurant in the city. The classic repertoire includes roast leg of mutton; stewed mutton over nang (naan) in a rich, flavourful tomato sauce; delicious mutton-on-skewers, a wonderful pilaf rice; hand-pulled noodles and mutton-filled baked bread.
And thankfully this is one Xinjiang restaurant that does not have the standard music blaring, belly dancers jiggling or disco dancing on the dining tables.
The all-Xinjiang staff are charming in their embroidered outfits and headscarves and the restaurant’s location in the heart of Beijing’s old residential Dongsi area, adds to the appeal.