The latest Tribute by architect and restaurateur Frank Sun is slated to officially open in mid-October in Sanlitun South though you can expect a “soft opening” first. Sun, who brought his brand from Hong Kong to Beijing some four years ago by opening the relatively short-lived Tribute North, is calling this one F by Tribute. The “F” stands for “Food“. This two-floor restaurant is beside Casa Pagoda and includes an open dining area, some nooks and crannies for semi-private dining, and a big screen featuring — at least last night — old movies.
I inadvertently crashed a pre-opening food and wine pairing and tried a few menu items. My favorite: the mussels, dry shrimp and noodles with a sprinkling of rock salt to give it a nice kick. The award for most intriguing dish: the dessert of chestnut-cream sprinkled with dark chocolate flakes. As for wine, a syrah made by New Zealand’s La Collina, and distributed here by The Wine Republic, was my favorite.
More details on F by Tribute, including a possible “soft opening” soon.