Introducing Brick & Wood: A Little Japanese Hideaway on Qianliang Hutong
If it wasn’t for the kind tip-off of a family friend of a friend, I probably wouldn’t have found out about Brick & Wood Contemporary Japanese restaurant until much later.
Lucky for you LumDimSummers, you can be among the very first diners to seek out and discover a wonderful Japanese gem in an unlikely location just around the corner from the popular Susu Vietnamese restaurant on Qianliang Hutong (just north of Dongsi northwest subway stop).
Owner Kevin Yang doesn’t have a background in restaurants or hospitality (I think he comes from a career in finance), but he’s honed in his passion for fine food, sake and wine and taken on an entire team of Japanese staff – two Japanese sushi chefs along with a handful of young Japanese service staff to create his very first F&B establishment.
As its name promises, the entire restaurant is covered with long wooden panels and strong brick accents for a warm and earthy atmosphere balanced out by cool, blue lighting. I appreciated the spotlight lighting so you can see clearly the beautiful and meticulously prepared dishes coming from the polite and passionate Japanese sushi chefs hard at work behind their proud sushi bar.
I recommend turning up early for pre-dinner drinks on their open air rooftop deck before coming down to the sushi bar to prepare yourself for a 10+ dish daily chef’s menu.
LDS Snapshots of Brick & Wood:
Look for Brick & Wood at #14 on the East End of Qianliang Hutong
Step Inside these Heavy, Wooden Doors
Private Room & Stairs Leading Up to Rooftop Deck
Rooftop Deck for Drinks and BBQ’s
Perfect for Pre-Dinner Drinks
My Foodie Family Prepares for our 10+ course Japanese Feast
Dining at Brick & Wood is like dining in Japan. There is no menu. Whether you show up alone or with fellow dining partners, you are greeted warmly, seated and asked to choose from a daily chef’s menu broken down into a range of prices – RMB 280, 380, 500 or 1,000.
We weren’t initially sure which menu to choose (since there weren’t menu print-outs available), but owner Kevin quickly suggested that we start with his RMB 380 menu and suggested that if we were satisfied, we could always come back and make our way up to their ultimate, grand RMB 1,000 Chef’s menu.
We had no idea what to expect, but were promised satisfaction and we were delighted to discover and savor every bite of each dish served.
LDS Snapshots of RMB 380 Daily Chef’s Menu:
Tako Marinated with Sea Kelp
Oshi Tashi with Bonito Flakes
Sashimi Platter with Olive OIl Marinated Salmon with Chili and Peppercorns, Halibut, Live Red Snapper, Nagasaki Blue Fin O-toro
“The Eggplant” – Marinated 2 Days, Grilled, Fried and Marinated with Ground Ginger
Australian Rib-eye Steak Chargrillled
Japanese Sushi Chef
Salt Water Eel with Matsutake Grilled Mushrooms & Eel dipped into hot and icy water with salt
Baby Cabbage with Tofu Skin, Mushrooms, Bonito Flakes
Pipi Shrimp Marinated Sashimi with Chinese Yams and Ginger
Egg Rice Soup with Seaweed
Brick & Wood Japanese Restaurant: RMB 380 Chef’s Menu: Marinated Pickles
Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream with Homemade Syrup with Grapes, Cinnamon, Sugar, Cloves and Cadamin
Highlights of our feast were the sashimi platter’s 2-day marinated salmon, “the eggplant” dish, Pipi Shrimp and Homemade Ice Cream and Syrup dessert. Very unique and with so many homemade sauces, marinades, and creations, Brick & Wood offers something very unique to other Japanese restaurants in Beijing. And they win big points for employing 2 Japanese chefs and so many Japanese service staff.
Apart from the over-cooked Ribeye Tenderloin dish and mayonnaise covered salad it was served with, every other dish was fantastic. And considering the amount that was served and high quality of all the ingredients, Brick & Wood is incredible value and definitely worth checking out.
Seeing owner Kevin Yang quickly maneuvering behind the cocktail bar, greeting and looking after each of his restaurant’s guests personally and even a bit of action behind the sushi bar, his hard-work and efforts are apparent and my hope is that Brick & Wood will soon be well on its way to making a name for itself in the Dongsi area. Similar to Susu, I see Brick & Wood becoming a destination restaurant foodies all over Beijing will make the extra effort to visit and return time and again for more of this great quality contemporary Japanese cuisine.
Review of Brick & Wood Japanese Restaurant: North of Dongsi Subway Stop, East End of Qianliang Hutong #14, 东城区钱粮胡同14号, Tel: 18612708750. Only Dinner Service Available: 6PM-11pM. Email: email@example.com
- High-quality Japanese cuisine and the meticulous attention to detail you pay good money to find
- With chef’s menus changing daily, you are promised fresh seafood, mostly imported good and plenty of homemade sauces and marinated products
- Chef’s menus range from RMB 280-RMB 1,000 so you can start low and work your way up. We started with the RMB 380 Chef’s Daily Menu and was blown away by how much was served and what great value we got
- Restaurant design is very elegant and tasteful. A nice balance of warm wood elements and cool blue lighting.
- I recommend sitting at the sushi bar to see the restaurant’s Japanese chefs in action and up close.
- Chinese Owner Kevin Yang has lived in the US for 15+ years so he is completely bilingual (and speaks a bit of Japanese) and is very personable, hardworking and sincere. Every bit of success he will see will be very well-deserved!
- Their rooftop deck is a great spot for pre-dinner drinks and owner Kevin Yang plans to also host casual Japanese BBQ events on his rooftop
- While you are given the option of different daily Chef’s menu prices, you don’t actually see what’s on the menu so you don’t know what or how much is coming your way. I can appreciate that it’s nice to sit back and just enjoy it all as it comes out, but I’m the type of person who likes to know what to expect so that I can prepare myself accordingly. I’m a bit of a control freak in case you couldn’t tell.
- The restaurant isn’t hard to find, it’s on the east end of Qianliang Hutong but the entrance is discreet so be sure to count the numbers until you reach #14.
- The restaurant is still in soft-opening, but from what I can see, they are fully operational and doing very well already!
- Not everything served was as good as you can find in Japan (that is hard to find in land-locked Beijing), but it was a great effort and incredible value. If you like Sake Manzo, I recommend trying Brick & Wood.
Rating: (on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being best)
- Food: 7
- Atmosphere: 6
- Service: 8
- Value: 8
- Overall Experience: 7