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LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Afternoon Tea, Bottomless Afternoon Tea, Cantonese food, Chef Yuan Chaoying, Chinese food, Chocolate, Clay Pot, Dim Sum, Horizon Restaurant, Karaiya Spice House, Kerry Hotel Beijing, Maldives, Mid-Autumn Festival, Mooncakes, Open Kitchen, Peking Duck, Taikoo Li Sanlitun, Ya Yuan Peking Duck | 3 Comments »
“WHERE THE CITY’S GREATEST TREASURE IS FAITHFULLY MAINTAINED”
Kerry Hotel Beijing‘s Horizon Chinese Restaurant just re-opened after months of renovation and it’s as if the old Horizon never existed. Stepping into the new space, there are no surviving traces or remnants of the previous Horizon. It’s completely different from before and in a good way.
Guests are welcomed by traditional Chinese design elements like a wall of bamboo strips inspired by dim sum steam baskets, wooden cabinets to lock away personalized tea, and elegant pendant lamps. The main dining hall is partitioned by traditional Chinese lattice screens, which are also featured on the ceiling above. The lighting is soft and the design is strong with a balance between the cold and dark marble to the warm earth tones and delicate birdcages and lattice partitions.
For those more familiar with Beijing’s past and present dining scene, Horizon’s new design is like a cross between the Japanese restaurant Bei in the Opposite House and Karaiya Spice House in Taikoo Li Sanlitun Village.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Hot Tips | Tags: Afternoon Tea, Best Afternoon Tea, Capital M, China World Hotel, China World Summit Wing, CityWeekend, JE Mansion, Raffles Hotel Beijing | 1 Comment »
Uncovering Beijing’s Best Afternoon Tea
A few months ago, CityWeekend presented LumDimSum with an opportunity to go on a mission to uncover Beijing’s Best Afternoon Tea.
At first, I wasn’t sure if I was up for the challenge. Growing up in California, I can’t say I had much previous experience with this time-honored English tradition. With a useless background, I can hardly say it has improved much living in Beijing. I can only count a handful of times I’ve sat down and enjoyed sipping on tea while munching on scones (really only the rare occasion I found myself surrounded by Brits).
But I figure no one is born an expert into anything and I took up the challenge and committed myself to learn the art behind a perfect afternoon tea. After a bit of research and with a British foodie friend to accompany me at each tasting, together we dissected every aspect of each afternoon tea experience, nit-picking every detail and analyzing the pros and cons of each venue ambitious enough to try their hand at serving what they deem to be an afternoon tea.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Afternoon Tea, Capital M, China World Hotel, China World Summit Wing, CityWeekend, JE Mansion, Kempinski Hotel, Park Hyatt, Qianmen, Raffles Hotel Beijing, Ritz-Carlton, Sofitel Hotel | 1 Comment »
Afternoon Tea at the Magnificent Capital M
Capital M will officially be the very last afternoon tea visit of the “LumDimSum & CityWeekend joint effort” to discover the best afternoon tea experience Beijing has to offer.
After tasting our way through 9 of the top rated afternoon tea venues in the city, we’ve seen everything from the good to the great and unfortunately also a few of the bad and the ugly. Now that we’re confident that we’ve seen the best of the best, we’ve already started to narrow down our overall favorites. While some venues excel in superior service, others stand out with their beautiful interior design, lively atmosphere, quality scones or wide variety of tea selection and gourmet coffee.
To give you an idea of the caliber of establishments we’ve experienced, we started with the Ritz-Carlton, Park Hyatt, Sofitel Beijing Hotel, Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center, China World Hotel, Raffles Beijing Hotel, China World Summit Wing, and just before our most recent visit to M, we visited the very stylish and elegant JE Mansion (in chronological order).
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Afternoon Tea, CityWeekend, JE Mansion, Raffles Beijing Hotel, Ritz-Carlton | 4 Comments »
Afternoon Tea for Two at JE Mansion
Nearing the end of my hunt for Beijing’s best afternoon tea series, JE Mansion is my first experience sitting down for afternoon tea somewhere outside the confines of an international hotel.
That should not imply that all international hotels are the same. On the contrary, each of my afternoon tea experiences have been uniquely different.
In collaboration with CityWeekend, LumDimSum has tasted her way through the Ritz-Carlton, Park Hyatt, Sofitel Beijing Hotel, Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center, China World Hotel, Raffles Beijing Hotel and China World Summit Wing (in chronological order) to uncover the best afternoon tea in the city. While some venues have witnessed the most history, others proudly own the rights to the highest, perched up views of Beijing. Each of these previous destination may have its perks, they are ultimately attached to a bigger brand profile and its consequentially difficult to disassociate a single branch from its mother tree.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Afternoon Tea, Atmosphere, Centro, China World Hotel, China World Summit Wing, CityWeekend, Kempinski Hotel, Kerry Centre Hotel, Park Hyatt, Raffles Hotel Beijing, Ritz-Carlton, Sofitel Hotel | 2 Comments »
Queen Victoria Afternoon Tea Set at The Summit’s 80th Floor Lounge
Perched higher than any other “high tea” in the city, The Lounge on the 80th floor of China World Summit Wing is truly worthy of its “summit” name at such high altitudes.
In collaboration with CityWeekend, LumDimSum has tirelessly continued in her efforts to hunt down Beijing’s Best Afternoon Tea. Searching far and wide (and now high), I have already checked off the Ritz-Carlton, Park Hyatt, Sofitel Beijing Hotel, Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center, China World Hotel, and Raffles Beijing Hotel (in chronological order) to proudly pronounce the best of the best in the “afternoon tea” category. Unlike a standard lunch or dinner meal at a restaurant, afternoon tea requires a different skill to master. From the bite-sized snacks to delicate desserts and authentic scones worthy of this time-honored tradition, it hasn’t been easy to lock down a winner, taking into consideration the extensive list of afternoon teas made available around town.
Although I was previously impressed with the view from the swanky lounge on the 63rd floor of the Park Hyatt, it’s unquestionably rivaled by the 80th floor Lounge at China World Summit Wing. It’s higher up, the lounge is just as swanky (if not more so) and it’s literally half the price which makes it much better value.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Afternoon Tea, Chang An Avenue, Charles de Gaulle, China World Hotel, CityWeekend, Dr. Sun Yat Sen, George Bernard Shaw, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Kempinski Hotel, Park Hyatt, Raffles Beijing Hotel, Ritz-Carlton, Sofitel Hotel, Writers Bar | 1 Comment »
Afternoon Tea at Raffles Beijing Hotel Writer’s Bar
As soon as you step into Raffles Beijing Hotel, you are engulfed in over a hundred years of historical relevance. While other famous hotels in Beijing have made big names for themselves in modern day China, few can boast a legacy as long as Raffles.
From the Ritz-Carlton, Park Hyatt, Sofitel Beijing Hotel, Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center, and China World Hotel (in chronological order), I have ventured far and wide in my ongoing hunt in collaboration with CityWeekend to discover Beijing’s best Afternoon Tea, but none of the others can say they have hosted the many Chinese and foreign literary legends like Kipling, Conrad and Coward who have been in residence at the hotel, visited or written about it over the years.
Built in 1901, Raffles Beijing Hotel is one of the most iconic hotels in the city. With a long and colorful history, it was once known as “the only deluxe hotel in the Far East” and they even have 9 Personality Suites named after its most famous patrons who have paid homage to this fabled hotel including Charles de Gaulle, George Bernard Shaw, Dr. Sun Yat Sen and Henri Cartier-Bresson.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Music | Tags: 12-piece Orchestra, Afternoon Tea, Bespoke Beijing, China World Hotel, CityWeekend, Kempinski Hotel, Kimberley Tso, Lobby Lounge, Park Hyatt, Rendez-vous Bar & Lounge, Ritz-Carlton, Sarah Keenlyside, Sofitel Hotel, Tom Pattinson, Veronica Wong | 4 Comments »