Lei Garden

Price guide: Mid-range

89 Jinbao Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing

Price guide: Mid-range

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By Tom O'Malley, your Beijing expert

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#14 of 30
expert-rated restaurants in Beijing
Expert overall rating:4.2 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.3
4.3
Ambience:
4
4.0
Service:
4.2
4.2
Location:
4.2
4.2
Value for money:
4.1
4.1
Recommended for:
Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, First-time travellers, Special occasions

Expert review of Lei Garden

Creative Cantonese fine-dining and delicious dim sum close to Wangfujing.

Based out of Hong Kong, the upscale Lei Garden restaurant empire is rightly renowned for its exquisite preparations of classic and modern Cantonese fare, but most Beijingers come for the lunchtime dim sum. Arrive early or you might be in for a lengthy wait.

Food and drink: 

From ethereally fluffy pork buns to dainty egg custard tarts, the dim sum will doubtless delight – unless you’ve sampled it in Hong Kong or Guangzhou, of course. That said, I’ve eaten at Lei Garden in Hong Kong too (at a branch that once garnered a Michelin star) and I’m happy to report there’s no great gulf in quality, especially when it comes to excellent mains like the braised spareribs, lobster clay pot noodle or stir-fried oysters with XO sauce.

Ambience: 

Buzzy and bustling, especially for lunch when it fills up with local families gorging on dim sum. Evenings are a little more refined, though still packed on weekends.

Service: 

At busy times you’d better abandon any English pretensions of 'not causing a fuss' if you want your server’s attention. Generally slick and attentive.

Location: 

Close to Dengshikou subway station (Line 5) on glitzy Jinbao Street. Practically next door if you’re staying in the Regent or Park Plaza.

Price advice: 

Much pricier than most other Chinese restaurants in town, though lunching on dim sum will be cheaper than going for dinner. Book ahead.

More information on Lei Garden:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Chinese
Address:
89 Jinbao Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Telephone:
+86 10 8522 1212
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-9.30pm
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times

Have you been to Lei Garden? Would you recommended it?