Must Tries Series: Paul Rochon of Le Petit Gourmand

Welcome to part thirty-six of the Must Tries Series, which asks people working in the Beijing bar and restaurant scene for the top picks from their menus. Up this time, Paul Rochon of Le Petit Gourmand, who came on board late last year at this Tongli Studio establishment. LPG now does a RMB98 weekend brunch and hosts monthly wine tastings, live music events and special dinners.

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What is the ‘must try’ dish at Le Petit Gourmand?

For the ‘must try’ dish, I think I’ll pick the ratatouille (rmb46). This is a vegetable stew famous from the south of France. When I first asked our chef to prepare it, he really surprised me with the quality and we put it directly on the “a la carte” menu.

What is the ‘must try’ cocktail at the bar?

I’ll pick the Zinc Special (rmb50). It includes vodka, Grand Marnier, strawberries, muddled spices and cranberry juice.

And the ‘must try’ wine?

That would be our wine of the month (rmb55). We are working hard to find new wines and have a monthly “Art of Wine” tasting hosted by specialists. Last month, we had Cotes du Rhone, this month we have South Africa and next month we will have Italian wine.

What are some must tries for you at other places?

I never miss my weekly meal of Yunnan noodles (rmb28) at the little Yunnan restaurant at the crossing of Dongzhimen Nei and Dongzhimen Bei. I also like the Wednesday quiz night at Paddy O’Shea’s — with a pint of Guinness (rmb55) and a pizza (rmb55).