Park Life, Yintai Centre, 2 Jianguomen Outer Avenue , Chaoyang District, Beijing
- Recommended for:
- Seasoned travellers, Art, Nightlife, Trendiness
Expert review of ROOMbeijing
British born chef Brian McKenna made a name for himself when he introduced molecular gastronomy to Beijing back in 2007. His next venture was no less innovative – a single ‘room’ that blends disparate elements like a DJ lounge, cocktail space and a long runway of open kitchen, all unified by striking wall murals, graffiti and contemporary art pieces. It’s glam, gorgeous, fun, and funky, and the food’s not bad either.
The mix-and-match menu aims to cater for both foreigners and Chinese with appetizers, mains and desserts available in small, medium or large portions. Be sure to try the Asian-spiced shrimp risotto and the beef carpaccio with celeriac and wasabi. Shades of McKenna’s molecular cooking are evident too, in particular the meltingly tender black cod with garam masala cooked sous-vide for several hours.
It’s a hip, laidback haunt, if ever so slightly self-obsessed. Live music and DJs play until late, and you can eat where you like– along the open kitchen to watch the chefs in action or on the funky, balloon-like chairs in the lounge area.
Improving, but when international guest DJs are in the house, diners can become somewhat forgotten.
Next to the Park Hyatt hotel along Jianguomen Outer Street. It’s actually on top of the Giorgio Armani store (bling, huh?) – get there by going up to the second floor of the mall beside the hotel.
It’s possible to get a very reasonably-priced meal here if you stick to the core dishes, but start ordering lobster, wagyu beef and iberico ham and you’ll be maxing out the credit card in no time.
More information on ROOMbeijing:
- Price guide:
- Bar, Restaurant, Wine bar
- Chinese, Fusion, International, Modern, Seafood
- Park Life, Yintai Centre, 2 Jianguomen Outer Avenue , Chaoyang District, Beijing
- +86 10 8517 2033
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Sun-Wed 11am-2am (kitchen closes midnight), Thu-Sat 11am-4am (kitchen closes 2am)
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Not necessary