Comfort Inn & Suites Sanlitun, Beijing
No. 6 Gong Ti Bei Lu
Phone: (86) 10 85235522
Fax: (86) 10 85235577
Along the beaten path of the Sanlitun strip of bars and eateries, Jazz Ya is a chic bar and restaurant well worth visiting. Dim lights, wooden accents and large tables are ideal for large groups and the pulsing music is always rocking. The Chinese-style pub grub is above par and an excellent accompaniment to their almost lethal drinks.
As the name suggests, Turkish Mum serves simple Turkish home-fare such as dolma (vegetables stuffed with rice and meat), kebabs (meat and salad in pitta bread) and tabbouleh (finely-chopped parsley, mint, tomato and spring onion seasoned with lemon). The restaurant is popular with both ex-pats and locals who love its comfortable and unpretentious décor, friendly service, reasonable prices and authentic cuisine. Turkish Mum is conveniently located on Gongti North Road close to Sanlitun’s bars and nightclubs making it a perfect start place for a night out in Beijing. -Jennifer Pooley
Owned by the beautiful Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi, Shan Zhai is an extremely popular organic Chinese restaurant in Beijing. The first thing one notices on entering this restaurant is the magnificent Ice Buddha, and there is the Binchotan charcoal floor which they use to filter the water used. The decor is trendy, upscale while the ambiance at the restaurant is calm and tranquil. The dishes here are rich in medicinal properties along with being extremely filling and savory. Try out the "Bittersweet bell peppers", "Five Grain Sushi", "Beef and mushroom soup", "Grilled Eel" and the succulent "Wagyu Beef".
Fresh delicious food served in a chic yet casual atmosphere attracts people to Beijing's first Persian restaurant. The hosts are especially hospitable and are also a main attraction. Try the Fesenjan, a stew compromised of pomegranate sauce, chicken and other ingredients. The sweet and sour fare unique to Iran is sure to please as are the delicious kebabs.
With over 30 years history in Taiwan, Ban Mu Yuan has spread to the U.S. and now to mainland China. It offers quick and cheap meals in a distinctively Chinese fast-food environment: a clean and simple approximation of pre-revolution décor. Dishes include Beef Noodle, set meals of meat, rice and vegetables, stuffed pancakes and freshly squeezed fruit juice . Branches also open early for a traditional Chinese breakfast of baozi (pork filled buns) and bean milk.
Located on the bar stretch on San Li Tun street, Jazz Bar is popular amongst Beijing jazz lovers. The musicians playing the saxophone are not seen as bourgeois anymore. Beijing is no alien to the jazz culture but only recently the popularity has increased with new jazz bars coming up throughout the city. The Jazz Bar is small but promising venue in Beijing's buzzing jazz scene.
In Victor Hugo's novel Les Miserables, Gavroche is a waif from the streets of Paris. Fortunately this restaurant offers Paris of more affluent times! The traditional decor and friendly staff are welcoming. In true French style, the specialty of the day is handwritten on a decorative mirror. Try the warm French brie resting on salad, or the soup of the day, and follow that with veal tenderloin with morel sauce. The homemade desserts include the famous chocolate profiteroles. There are set-lunches and a list of French wines. The restaurant opens at 10a.
Schiller's III, a bigger and better version of the original Schiller's I, is part of the bar-cluster around Chao Yang Park's west gate. It is a German-style pub, featuring a live Filipino cover band, darts and sports television. The clientele is mainly international types and business people. Chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks and samosas, along with salads, steaks, burgers and traditional German dishes fill the menu.
From the Japanese proprietors of the funky and mellow Jazz Ya bar on San Li Tun Bar Street comes the equally funky and mellow Sushi Ya. Canvas chairs and glass-topped tables are spaced comfortably in the small dining space. A large sushi bar takes up the center. Outside is a covered patio for dining in the warmer months. While the focus is on sushi and sashimi, there are western dishes such as pasta and deep fried goodies. There is an extensive drinks list, as well as an assortment of sake.
The Shanghai burger joint quickly became a popular hang-out for families, young professionals and groups of friends. Blue Frog is famous for serving fresh and tasty classic diner dishes such as sandwiches, burgers, steaks and salads. The restaurant and bar has a range of deals including 2 for 1 burgers on Mondays plus a buy one get one free happy hour from 4p-8p. Blue Frog's large outdoor terrace overlooks Sanlitun Village, offering pleasant al fresco dining during the warm summer months. -Jennifer Pooley
Rickshaw is a 24 hour pub that serves a little of everything. Items on the menu range from burritos, to chicken pot pie, to kuai pancakes and fried Snicker's bars. None of it is great, but who cares at 2 in the morning? The decor is low-key with diner-style booths and not much else, and the staff is very friendly. With reasonable prices, Rickshaw is the perfect stop for tired and hungry revelers to wind-up the night.
Where Are You Going or Qu Nar in Mandarin, is a restaurant owned by a famous Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei. The interiors at Qu Nar are quite interesting with their only adornment being the projections on the walls. The cuisine is typically Northern Chinese and more like home cooked meals. Worth trying out are, "Baked Beef Dumplings With Spicy Vinegar Sauce", "Jinhua Ham", "steam-dried yellow croaker" and "Wild Mushroom Casserole in Broth". If you like veggies you can try the absolutely fantastic stir-fries. A good place to hangout to meet the arty types over delicious meals discussing the latest in art.