Thursday, February 03, 2011

The Courtyard

For one of our last classy nights together, Michealle, Nik and I booked ourselves a table in the prestigious and sophisticated The Courtyard Restaurant, just off Forbidden City. We came in for dessert, and our portions proved that we were indeed paying for its branding. Still, we receieved 5-star treatment all the way and we made our desserts and conversations last for around 2 hours.

RMB 125 for a glass of French Sauternes (1995). Very sweet, but a good accompaniment for our desserts.

Lavender Creme Caramel with sesame muesli for RMB 55

Jelly Doughnuts and Warm Chocolate Syrup (with fresh berries and foamed milk) for RMB 55

Chocolate and Peanut Opera Cake with pear saffron sorbet for RMB 65

Free vanilla ice-cream from the chef! See the vanilla bits? Creamy and not too sweet - 我喜欢!

What I absolutely loved was The Courtyard Gallery lounge. Cozy and bathed with sophisticated design, the basement housed some works of contemporary Chinese artists. It was only toward the end of our stay that we were allowed a few minutes to explore the small in-house gallery.

The Courtyard Restaurant
Perched on the Moat Overlooking the Forbidden City
95 Donghuamen Avenue
Beijing, 10006 China

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