Whether you're in the mood to treat the family to an afternoon of indulgence or looking for some hearty food to beat that hangover, brunch is the way to go. Here are five of the best brunch spots in Beijing. Bon Appetit!
The self-described "authentic home-style European restaurant" Vineyard Cafe is a great choice for an affordable brunch. The English Breakfast, coming in at 82 RMB, with its selection of tasty sausages, is a local favourite. You can also mix and match a number of different sides to create your own breakfast combination. The menu has a clear European tinge – you won't find pancakes, and the French toast does not come with syrup – and choices include delicious fried tomatoes and baked beans.
If you're looking more for lunch items, there are soups, salads, burgers and pizzas on the brunch menu as well. For dessert, the baked banana with brown sugar, ice cream and chocolate sauce is downright sinful. Expect to spend about 150 RMB per person including drinks – the Mimosas are a delicious way to spend 40 RMB.
Openings hours: weekends, 11:30 – 15:15
Price: 150 RMB per person
2) Chef TooView In Map
Chef Too offers consistently good, hearty American food with a homey, Mom-and-Pop bed & breakfast feel to it. The menu includes well-done basics like French toast and pancakes, as well as more creative options like the Eggs à la Pushkin for 148 RMB and Eggs Sardou for 98 RMB.
The helpful service is definitely worth mentioning. Servers are attentive and speak great English to accommodate any needs guests may have. At about 150 to 200 RMB per person, it's well worth it for the quality food and excellent service. Brunch is served on weekends from 9:30 – 15:00 and gets rather busy, so it's best to make reservations in advance.
Add: Chef Too
Opening hours: weekends, 9:30-15:00
Price: 150-200 RMB per person
The brunch at Mosto has enjoyed a lot of hype, and for good reason. Venezuelan chef Daniel Urdaneta puts a South American twist on contemporary cuisine for an original brunch experience. Dishes are a la carte and include specialties like Salmon Ceviche, for 70 RMB, as well as classics like Eggs Benedict, for 68 RMB. Be sure to save room for the Warm Chocolate Souffle made with melted white chocolate, raspberry, and Sichuan pepper-flavoured ice cream for 70 RMB.
Mosto offers a number of brunch cocktails for 50 RMB each, or free-flow champagne, red and white wine, and cocktails for 158 RMB. Expect to pay between 200 and 300 RMB per person.
Opening hours: weekends, 12:00–14:30
Price: 200-300 RMB per person
4) Maison BouludView In Map
It's rare that when discussing the best restaurants in Beijing, the name Maison Boulud doesn't come up. What better way to indulge on a lazy Sunday afternoon than with a gourmet four-course brunch? Try classic dishes done right like the Pasta Bolognese or change it up with the weekly specials.
The brunch is well-priced – 128 RMB for one course, 198 RMB for two courses, 248 RMB for three courses, or 288 RMB for four courses. If you've been meaning to try Maison Boulud but haven't wanted to shell out the money, this is a much more affordable (and delicious, of course) way to do it.
Add: Maison Boulud
Opening hours: weekends, 11:00-16:00
Price: 128, 198, 248, 288 RMB
5) Vasco's Hilton Wangfujing Fizztastic BrunchView In Map
If it's the pure-gluttony kind of brunch you're looking for, hotel brunches are the way to go. All you can eat? All you can drink? Yes please! If you're up for spending the money, try Vasco's Fizztastic Brunch at the Hilton in Wangfujing. It's a full buffet with the best of both the Western and Chinese cuisine with the option of free flow alcohol including champagne, white & red wine, and cocktails.
The cost is 338 RMB plus the 15% service charge for the buffet and free-flow coffee, tea, and soft drinks or 458 RMB plus 15% to include free-flow champagne, red and white wine, and cocktails. Families are encouraged and children ages 6 to 12 eat for half price.
Add: 5/F, 8 Wangfujing Dongjie, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Tel: 86 10 5812 8888
Opening hours: weekends, 11:30–15:00
Price: 338, 458 RMB
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