This is part fifteen in the Must Tries Series that asks people in the Beijing bar, restaurant, and wine business to give us their recommendations. This time up: Leo Liu of Village Cafe in the Opposite House Hotel (see also this interview I did with Liu last night on sibling blog Grape Wall of China).
What is the “must try” food at Village Café?
Teriyaki salmon with steamed Asian greens and jasmine rice (RNB88). This classic Japanese dish is a popular one. Chef Gan infuses his fish stock with a light soy sauce to give this dish a lingering taste. It compliments the richness of the salmon. Of course guests should also try our new set dinner: RMB128 for three courses plus a glass of wine or beer. We change the menu every other week.
What is the “must try” drink at Village Cafe?
The Village Café spicy Bloody Mary (RMB60). A classic cocktail, The Bloody Mary is a perfect starter drink for weekend brunch. Ours is spicy with balanced acidity and a slight saltiness to give you all the kick you need to start your day.
What are three “must try” items at other venues in Beijing?
The noodles with beef tripe at The Noodle Bar [in 1949: The Hidden City].
Stonefish [板岩烤鱼] at Middle 8th [Yunnan restaurant].
Dim sum at Din Tai Fung.