For all the razzle-dazzle newness in Beijing, two of the most significant restaurants to open of late are located in quiet historical zones, far from the soaring skyscrapers and car-clogged freeways that have come to symbolize modern Beijing.
TRB Bites at the Courtyard (trb-bites. com) is the latest venture by Belgian entrepreneur Ignace Lecleir, the city’s go-to guy for fine-dining in heritage surroundings. TRB Bites is located in a three-story building on the eastern edge of the Forbidden City’s moat, offering glorious views over the water towards the imposing vermilion walls. It is less complicated than Lecleir’s gourmet venue, TRB (Temple Restaurant Beijing), serving set menus that might include a choice of pork loin with mustard seeds, squid with cauliflower purée, or pork with purple potato. The upper-level Sky Room or lower-level Water Room offer private dining options.
Another notable newcomer is the Georg (thegeorg.com) by Georg Jensen, where visitors can browse the showrooms of the