The Park Hyatt Lounge, Beijing

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The Park Hyatt Lounge is perched up on the 63rd floor of the Yintai building, situated right across the street from the China World trade center. On a good day, you get a breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view of the city. The lounge offers a serene environment with lounge jazz music playing in the background, creating a relaxing atmosphere, perfect for meetings or just to chill. I love coming here to read or to do work because of the environment and that the noise level is relatively low. The staff here are friendly and professional. The lounge mostly attracts couples and business clientele.

I ordered a Cappuccino. It came with a bite-size lemon coffee cake. The coffee was decent, light and smooth. The cake was moist and mouth watering. I also ordered a black forest. It was different from all the other black forest cakes I’ve had. It tasted more like a chocolate mousse cake. There was only a thin slice of cake in the middle, and the rest was cream. The cream was velvety and not too sweet. My friend ordered a cheesecake topped with blueberry cream. The blueberries were fresh, and the cake was smooth and rich.

The Park Hyatt never disappoints!

 

 

 

 

Reservations
Tel: +86 10 85671838/1840
E-mail: dining.park.beijing@hyatt.com

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Niajo, Beijing

 Niajo is a little authentic Spanish restaurant tucked away on the 3rd floor of Nali Patio (A Mediterranean-style courtyard mall). This is my favorite place to come for Spanish food. The place is dimly lit with a window view on one side of the restaurant with an elegant and sophisticated ambiance. Great place to bring a date.
The manager is a Filipino, he was very welcoming and friendly. On special occasions such as birthdays, they will give a complimentary drink. 

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Ensalada queso cremoso, frutos rojos, berenjena, pepino, tomates, y aceitunas

The goat cheese salad with forest berries and eggplant was interesting. I’ve never been fond of any kind of fruit dressing, but this one turned out to be very flavorful. It had the right amount of dressing, so it wasn’t too sweet and overwhelming. It went well with the goat cheese and lettuce.

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 The croquettes are one of my favorite dishes and a must-try. I ordered the chicken and ham croquettes. They were crispy on the outside and deliciously creamy on the inside. Taste like a crispy, creamy chicken pie. Love it!

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The chicken paella was mouth watering. The portion was perfect for two. The chicken was tender, and the beans were well cooked. The first time I had their paella, it came with some kind of garlic cream which went fantastic with the rice dish. But this time there wasn’t. It was still good nonetheless. 

If you are looking for an authentic Spanish gastronomy experience in Beijing, this is the place to be!

3rd Floor Nali Huayuan (Nali Patio)
81 Sanlitun Bei Lu, Chaoyang District
Beijing, China
北京市朝阳区三里屯北路81号
那里花园三层邮编100027

niajo@niajo.com | +86 010 5208 6052

Missa Restaurant & Lounge, Beijing

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The Missa restaurant (formerly known as Mesa) is located on the 3rd floor in Sanlitun’s vibrant North village offering a continental menu. We went during brunch week. The tables are sufficiently spaced and I liked that there are tables by the windows. The only downside is that it is situated in the hallway. The sound is level is relatively low. The manager is very friendly and accommodating.
The sweet pea soup was delicious. The egg and bacon were a little dry but the french toast was amazing – moist and delicious. The sprinkle of icing sugar on top added the right amount of sweetness.
I specified that I wanted my steak well done, which was how I like it, but it was medium cooked. I definitely did not enjoy that. The scrambled eggs, smoked salmon, and toast was decent.

For dessert, we had the green tea cake and fruit granola yogurt parfait. The green tea cake wasn’t amazing, the cake was dry and the taste was bland. The parfait was gratifying. The yogurt was smooth and rich- not too sweet. The harmonized combination of the honey, fruit, and yogurt, made this parfait unforgettable. I highly recommend it!

Missa Restaurant (Mesa)
N3-32/33 Taikoo Li Sanlitun North, No.11 Sanlitun Road,
Chaoyang District, Beijing, China 100027
中国北京市朝阳区三里屯路11号三里屯太古里 北区 N3-32/33
Tel:8610-6417 9397
Web:www.mesabeijing.com

Punjabi Indian cuisine, Beijing

 

The Punjabi Indian restaurant serves up Indian-Pakistani cuisine. This cozy venue serves up great Indian classics such as Paneer Saag and Murgh Makhani. The restaurant is furnished with South-Asian ornaments and Indian paintings. When you enter the restaurant, there is a strong aroma of spices and incense. There are four window booths decorated with Indian fabrics. This is my go-to place for Indian food and it might just be the best in Beijing.
I am from Malaysia, and Indian food is one of the major cuisines there. Having been exposed to Indian food at a very young age, I have come to love it.  Some dishes remind me of home. They have a comprehensive menu which makes it hard to decide what to order. Nonetheless, the food here is awesome!


Plain Dosa

One of my favorite Indian dish. Indian crepe served with coconut chutney and curry. Lovely!

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Paneer Saag (Spinach Cottage Cheese)

I have never been a fan of this dish, but it is a refreshing dish from all the curry dishes.

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Butter Chicken and Garlic Naan

One can’t go wrong with butter chicken and naan – the pair goes well together.

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Malai Tikka (creamed marinated chicken Tikka)

served with 3 different dips – jam-like sauce, bbq sauce, and a green minty sauce. It went very well with the green mint sauce. The chicken itself is a little bland.

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Mixed vegetable curry

This curry was very flavorful, great for vegetarians.

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Mushroom Masala

If you are a fan of button mushrooms, then this is the dish to get!

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Gosht Kadhai

A very savory lamb curry.

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Mutton Biryani

This rice dish is delicious! The mutton is tender and flavorful. It’s good on its own or with curry.

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