From April 26th onwards, Beijing’s restaurant, club and bar scene will get that little bit bigger – 1200 square metres bigger to be precise - with the grand opening of ROOMBeijing Restaurant, Bar and Lounge. ROOMBeijing is the much-anticipated brainchild of former Blu Lobster chef Brian McKenna. Located on the third floor of the swanky Beijing Yintai Center in Park Hyatt, Guomao, this new venue promises to raise the bar in terms of customer service and quality. What’s more, rather than exclusively addressing the upper echelons of the champagne drinking society, ROOMBeijing is designed to accommodate all budgets and tastes, from casual lunch to large banquet dining, after work drinks to late night clubbing with world class DJs.
In terms of the restaurant, ROOMBeijing adapts the slogan “creating food with atmosphere”. The cuisine is international casual dining, combining influences from the east and west. Menu prices are kept relatively low with the aim of accommodating all budgets. All dishes come in small, medium and large sizes, and are priced at 50, 80 and 100 RMB respectively. “The idea behind the small, medium and large portion sizes,” says McKenna, “is to allow guests to eat exactly how they like to eat – if they want to come in for a beer and a piece of steak, then they can do that. If they want to order a wide range of small dishes and eat Chinese family style, they can. And if they want to eat Western style, with an appetizer, a large main and a dessert, they can do that too.” Ingredients are sourced from local and international suppliers and the menu changes every three months.
The venue’s deco is designed by British artist Hugo Dalton, with new works by three local, Asian and international visual artists adorning the restaurant walls every three months. Even Dalton’s artwork, “Portrait of Beijing”, which the London artist hand-painted around the restaurant’s walls, has been designed to move and be refreshed when needed. Indeed, rotation and innovation are at the foreground of ROOM and this is a focus that extends well beyond its food menu and deco, into its resident DJs, events and even its mixology cocktail list as well.
ROOMBeijing’s bar is well stocked with a wide variety of champagne, wines by the glass, international spirits, mixers and beer. However, ROOM’s lounge is the place to go to ultimately kick back and enjoy nightly live bands and DJs. ROOM will also invite big-name international artists to perform and if its first major event in May is anything to go by, ROOM is set to rival Beijing’s other major high-profile clubs.
ROOM’s first major nightlife event takes place on May 27 at 8 pm, with French DJ/producer Bob Sinclair spinning his famous dance-floor fillers for the first time ever in China. Sinclair is one of the biggest recording artists of our time, having released such chart topping hits as “Love Generation”, “Rock This Party (Everybody Dance Now)” and “World, Hold On (Children of the Sky).” For more information on this event, call Max on 135 5249 8776 (English) or Spike on 135 2233 8094 (Chinese), or check out our regularly updated events listings.
Other upcoming ROOMBeijing Intimate Sessions events include:
11 + 12 June - The Original Supperclub Amsterdam
14 July - Dimitri from Paris
13 August - High on Heels
ROOMBeijingView In Map
Add: 301-302, 3/F, Park Life, Beijing Yintai Centre, No. 2 Jianguomen Waidajie, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Tel: 010 8517 2033
Opening hours: Sun-Wed 11:00-02:00, Thurs-Sat 11:00-04:00
Fri–Sat: 11 am – 4 am (kitchen closes 2 am)
Getting there: Subway Line 1 and Line 10, Guomao subway station,
Exit C (internal).
Bus: 28, 57, 214, 348, 421, 627, 683, 686, 707, 801, 974, 976
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