89 Jinbao Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing
- Recommended for:
- Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, First-time travellers, Special occasions
Expert review of Lei Garden
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.
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.
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.
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.
Close to Dengshikou subway station (Line 5) on glitzy Jinbao Street. Practically next door if you’re staying in the Regent or Park Plaza.
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:
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- 89 Jinbao Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing
- +86 10 8522 1212
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-9.30pm
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Essential at peak times