Maison Boulud

Price guide: Expensive

Ch'ien Men 23, 23 Qianmen East Avenue, Dongcheng District, Beijing

Price guide: Expensive

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By Tom O'Malley, your Beijing expert

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#5 of 30
expert-rated restaurants in Beijing
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.5
4.5
Ambience:
4.6
4.6
Service:
4.5
4.5
Location:
4.2
4.2
Value for money:
4
4.0
Recommended for:
Couples, Foodies, Honeymooners, Romance, Special occasions

Expert review of Maison Boulud

The city’s finest French restaurant in the stately surrounds of the former US legation.

Despite recent personnel changes, the modern French at this branch of New York celeb chef Daniel Boulud’s culinary empire remains one of Beijing's best options for a romantic dinner. That's mostly thanks to the skills of Executive Chef Brian Reimer, who's helmed the kitchen with precision and verve since it opened for the Olympics in 2008.

Food and drink: 

Expect frogs legs, confit of duck, roast pork belly and other classic French dishes with a contemporary luxe twist. Weekend brunch stars the incomparable ‘DB Burger’ topped with truffles and braised short ribs. The wine list is the most impressive in town, boasting some 400 bottles.

Ambience: 

Hushed old world ambience within a stunning, century-old building bedecked with antiques and smartly dressed tables.

Service: 

Probably the best in the city, even though beloved maitre ‘d Ignace has moved on to greener pastures.

Location: 

Set within Qianmen 23, the former US legation on the southeast side of Tiananmen Square (closest subway station is Qianmen, Line 1).

Price advice: 

You might consider it the one ‘blowout’ of your trip. That said, it’s certainly cheaper than comparable restaurants in London, Paris or New York, especially for weekend brunch.

More information on Maison Boulud:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Bar, Restaurant
Food:
American, French
Address:
Ch'ien Men 23, 23 Qianmen East Avenue, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Telephone:
+86 10 6559 9200
Website:
http://www.danielnyc.com/maisonboulud.html
Serves:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Fri 11.30am-2pm, 6-10pm; Sat-Sun (brunch) 11am-4pm, 6-10pm
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested
Free tags / Keywords:
Daniel Boulud

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