Yao Qin (瑶琴餐厅)

  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Zhejiang
6 Xinyuan Xili Dongjie
Upping the tone, so to speak, the seven-stringed guqin is regarded as one of the most refined of traditional Chinese instruments. It was favoured by public officials in imperial China as a self-improvement tool on a par with calligraphy. Taking this as its inspiration, Yao Qin has recreated the feel of ancient China using old-fashioned décor and regular performances. The quintessential strains of the guqin (performances from 7-9pm daily) flood the room while a dedicated tea brewer mans the elaborate wooden table. Yao Qin’s menu is largely devoted to Zhejiang cuisine, with mustard prawn balls (68RMB) a popular choice. Meanwhile, savouring the aged notes of pu’er tea (50-80RMB a pot) is the perfect complement to an evening’s appreciation of this genteel setting.

One of Beijing's best theme restaurants
Venue name: Yao Qin (瑶琴餐厅)
Opening hours: 10am-11pm daily
Metro: Metro: Dongzhimen
English address: 6 Xinyuan Xili Dongjie, Chaoyang district
Chinese address: 朝阳区新源西里东街6号