Maison Boulud

Address: Ch'ien Men 23, 23 Qianmen East Avenue, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China
Telephone: +86 10 6559 9200

- Expensive

4.6

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
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Service
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Food and drink
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Value for money
4
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Ambience
4.6
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Location
4.2
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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.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Foodies
  • Honeymooners
  • Romance
  • Special occasions

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