This is part twenty in the Must Tries Series that asks people in the Beijing bar, restaurant, and wine business to give us their recommendations. This time up: Simon Amos, food and beverage manager at Hilton Beijing, on One East restaurant. (Heads up: The hotel will hold its annual pancake race next Tuesday, March 8.)
What is the “must try” food at One East?
Every Sunday we hold “An Authentic American Sunday Roast @ One East” (rmb198 plus 15% surcharge for three courses; rmb98 more for unlimited wine buffet). We offer something different to the normal mass market buffets in Beijing with our very relaxing “grown ups” Sunday lunch. The silver carving trolley is laden with an eight-kilo Australian prime rib of beef from which guests are carved unlimited servings accompanied by traditional Sunday roast trimmings. I even managed to get the chef to add traditional English Yorkshire pudding and crisp roast potatoes. Even though it’s an American restaurant, for me, Sunday roast is simply not the same without! The signatures for the Sunday lunch are dishes prepared and served table side, another of which is the Banana Fosters Flambe, a great American tradition and flamed with rum in the restaurant… it always draws a “wow!” from guests.
What is the “must try” drink at One East?
On top of the fantastic wine list and cocktails, every Thursday our resident sommelier, Julia Zhu, hosts our One East Wine Club (rmb150 plus 15 percent surcharge). Kicking off from 6:30 PM, Julia and the team take guests through a journey of some of the finest wine regions in the world with a relaxed interactive atmosphere and a sampling of five different wines accompanied by matching canapes. (Tip: Reserve a space at the bar in advance.)
What are three “must try” items at other venues in Beijing?
Every weekend I go with the family and try something new. Beijing is a great city for that, if you manage to get to the restaurant before it has closed!
1. Top of my list has to be the entire menu at the wonderful River Club… simply outstanding service and cooking.
2. Dumplings at Din Tai Fung… consistently excellent and attentive service.
3. A regular haunt for me and one of the few places we return time and time again… Bellagio for the fantastic crispy chicken!
My choices are places that have really connected with me in terms of experience, environment and consistency in the quality of food and service. There are also many more I could list. Can you change the question to “What are 10 ‘must try’ items at other venues in Beijing?”?