Huang Ting, in the basement of Beijing’s Peninsula Hotel, has one of the most elegant and tranquil ambiences in the city. Modeled after a traditional courtyard home, there are walls constructed from original, centuries-old hutong bricks, aged pine flooring, carved timber screens and stunningly beautiful chandeliers suspended from the ceiling. Slow Zheng music places in the background.
Although the restaurant is primarily Cantonese in orientation, with excellent dim sum, it also serves classic regional dishes and has one of the best Peking ducks in the city. For dim sum, you can’t miss the gooey and divine baked barbecued pork puff with sesame. On the à la carte menu, the rich and creamy scallop and pumpkin soup with vegetables, the sautéed prawns with butter-mayonnaise sauce or the Szechuan chili prawns, and the whole roasted Beijing duck are essential orders. Although you are unlikely to have traveled to Beijing to eat Cantonese food, the fact remains that Huang Ting is the city’s best Cantonese restaurant. That fact, along with the old world décor and four stunning private dining rooms make the restaurant ideally suited for entertaining or business meals.
8 Jinyu Hutong, Dongcheng, Beijing
+86 10 6510 6707 Mon-Sun, 11:30am-2:30pm, 6pm-10pm
- Best Brunch
- Best Decor
- Private Dining Room