Made in China

Price guide: Expensive

Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1 Chang'an East Avenue, Dongcheng District, Beijing

Price guide: Expensive

Peking duck carving

By Tom O'Malley, your Beijing expert

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#8 of 30
expert-rated restaurants in Beijing
Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.4
4.4
Ambience:
4.3
4.3
Service:
4.3
4.3
Location:
4
4.0
Value for money:
3.9
3.9
Recommended for:
Business travellers, People watching, Special occasions

Expert review of Made in China

This lively five-star eatery makes a strong case for the city’s finest Peking duck.

I’m not the biggest fan of hotel restaurants, but I’ll always make an exception for this bustling eatery in the Grand Hyatt. The open kitchen concept makes for compellingly lively food theatre, as chefs twirl floury noodles and sling beautifully-bronzed ducks in and out of tall brick ovens.

Food and drink: 

The menu adds a creatively luxe twist to Beijing staples – I love the goose liver served in shaobing (rustic sesame buns) with a fruity chutney dip. Tradition rules when it comes to head chef Jin’s meticulously carved Peking duck, and eating is a strict three-stage process: skin in sugar, breast meat with spring onion, and finishing with pancakes stuffed with leg meat, skin, veggies and minced garlic. Jin told me the trick is to roll the pancakes small enough to eat them in one mouthful. If you’ve any room left, finish with rich chocolate ice-cream blended with wu liang ye, a local firewater.

Ambience: 

Comfortingly bustling and busy, the compact dining room is usually packed to the rafters with suited business types and tourists taking snaps of the live food theatre.

Service: 

When folks complain to me about brusque service here I reassure them that it’s all part of the authentic Beijing experience. Actually I’ve never had cause to complain – I’m too busy watching the chefs.

Location: 

On the first floor of the Grand Hyatt hotel in Wangfujing.

Price advice: 

Expensive, especially after the 15% service charge is tacked on to the bill. But Beijing’s esteemed signature is a foodie experience worth shelling out for.

More information on Made in China:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Asian, Chinese, International
Address:
Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1 Chang'an East Avenue, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Telephone:
+86 10 8518 1234 ext 6024
Website:
http://www.beijing.grand.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/.../index.jsp
Serves:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Daily 6.30-10.30am, 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times
Free tags / Keywords:
Peking duck

Have you been to Made in China? Would you recommended it?