Temple Restaurant, Beijing. It’s a restaurant inside an old temple that has been a TV factory, amongst other things. It was a hot day in old Beijing. We spent the morning in the Forbidden City, which was busy but thoroughly enthralling. The Temple (TRB) is a bar and restaurant that focuses on high quality food and has a wine manifesto of ample proportions. Escaping the heat, we entered through the backdoor being uncertain of where we were, but that was half the fun. Food wise lunch is a sure fire winner. 3 or 4 course set menu with Amuse Bouche and post dessert jellies included. Bring it on.
My dining decisions read Lyonnais frisee salad, lamb rack and polenta and the super chocolate dessert including Saint Malo, biscuit sacher, chocolate ganache and caramel. In hindsight I might have forgone the salad but the breadbasket complimented it well. Service was all suit and ties. Drinks wise I opted for a sloe gin, Earl Grey, blueberry and citrus infused cocktail and a grand cru Rodenbach Flanders red ale.
I must say that seldom a more enjoyable two hours has passed. But passed it did without fail. Honestly, when you’re next in the big BJ, give it shot.
Expectations count for a lot. Arrived back in Beijing to typical summer weather, minus checked in bags – thanks China Air. Made our way to chosen hotel – The Orchid. Pleasant location, cute Hutong – read real slice of life. Check in person seemed unsure if we were coming or going, we were checking in. Room was a relief to get to. What is it with house keeping at hotels though? Yes, you are supposed to sweep and mop the floor. Yes, you are supposed to check the duvet is the right side up. Yes, you should have repainted the re-plastered roof in the bathroom. No, I don’t think you should have used soft wood on the shower floor so that the shower floor flexes when you’re in the shower. You should probably sand down some of the doors in this room so they are easier to close. I mean these things were all noticed in our first 30 minutes and as much as it may sound like one big negative rant, it is not. Simple observation. Never mind. Initial thoughts are very important.
We enjoyed our stay. Good location, nice breakfast, bikes for use (massive plus). Funny locals. I will finish with this. We had the cheapest room. It’s not big enough if you have baggage like we did. Sound travels at this place, say no more.