Business Traveler (USA) - - SPECIAL REPORT -

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 (the­ge­ by Ge­org Jensen, where vis­i­tors can browse the show­rooms of the

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