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Bantu: Sardinian style at Beijing’s newest Italian restaurant

bantu italian restaurant robert masili china view beijing china (8)The potential of new Italian restaurant Bantu shone through yesterday as we spent nearly three hours enjoying lunch in this place’s spacious and well-organized confines. AH and I decided on three courses (rmb138), forgoing wine as we both had to work and instead sipping soda water (rmb15) and espresso (rmb20). We easily could have survived — and avoided a food coma — with two courses. See photos below..

It is early days yet for Robert Masili and team but given yesterday’s experience, Bantu — named for a winery on Sardinia, the island from which Masili hails and which he often pays tributes to on his menu — is poised to be nice addition to the city’s eating scene. If you seek something new to try today, the last of the Dragon Boat Festival holidays, consider giving the business lunch a go. It starts at rmb88, runs from 11:30 AM to 3 PM (Monday to Friday), and includes over twenty starter, soup, main and dessert options.  Dinner hours are 6 PM to 11 PM.

Bantu is on the second floor of China View, in the former Giuseppe’s / Budapest / North 66, just down from brew pub Drei Kronen 1308.

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Bruschetta with bacon, rocket, mushrooms, roast garlic and more.
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Homemade Sardinian gnocchi with lamb shoulder ragout.
Risotto, Bantu-style
Risotto, Bantu-style
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Sardinian minced pork with potatoes and oyster mushrooms.
The bar near the entrance...
The bar near the entrance…
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Tables on both sides and down the middle…
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And space for eight at the back.
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A view of Bantu from the back.
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A budding grappa collection Masili says will grow
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A wine cellar that will mostly feature Italian selections.
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Including Bantu.
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Lots of Bantu…

One thought on “Bantu: Sardinian style at Beijing’s newest Italian restaurant”

  1. Looks way better than anything so far in that space, and I have gone to all of the many restaurants there since 2008 … I’m still convinced that bad feng shui has something to do with all the closings, but looking forward to checking Bantu out.

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