Capital M Beijing

Capital M Beijing Restaurant

I’m wearing my Chucks, a casual knit and a camera backpack
that is half the size of my body when I rush into Capital M in Beijing,
a fancy restaurant on Qianmen Street. All sweaty, trying to catch
my breath, I wanted to curse the man near Qianmen gate for pointing
me in the wrong direction to the restaurant. Perhaps he didn’t
understand me, which happened to me a lot in Beijing. My Mandarin
is of no use to me in China. In China, I am as good as a laowai.
I’m not even sure this is the correct term, that’s how bad
my Chinese is. At least as a foreigner, there’s no expectation you speak
Chinese. With me, people look horrified once they hear my
version of Chinese. I am butchering their language, I can see it
on their faces. Alas, I arrived there looking like a train wreck. Of course,
when the host came up to me, I pretended I looked like a million bucks.

Capital M Beijing Restaurant

Capital M Beijing Restaurant

Capital M Beijing Restaurant

Duck charcuterie prepared 3 ways – a pastrami, a terrine and a sausage, served with all the accoutrements mustards, pickles, jams & melba toast

Capital M Beijing Restaurant
Capital M Beijing Restaurant

Roasted suckling pig – served with grilled apples, roasted pumpkin, snap peas & pea sprouts with crispy crackling and a good pig sauce // Seared sea scallops – sitting on a pea & mind puree with M’s crispy smoked bacon

Capital M Beijing Restaurant

Interior design by Debra Little / Roger Hackworth (also known for their award-winning interior o M on the Bund and M Glamour Bar)

Capital M Beijing Restaurant

Mural by Michael Cartwright / “Journey”

Capital M Beijing Restaurant

Pan-fried Icelandic halibut – with pumpkin & eggplants roasted with cumin and coriander seeds and a pot of tahini & yoghurt aside

Capital M Beijing Restaurant
Capital M Beijing Restaurant

From M’s truly grand dessert platter

Capital M Beijing Restaurant

Capital M Beijing Restaurant

Capital M Beijing Restaurant

From M’s truly grand dessert platter

Capital M Beijing Restaurant

The restaurant offers a breathtaking view of the three gates – Qianmen, Tiananmen and Zhengyangmen. When I stepped onto the balcony terrace to enjoy the view, I wanted to relocate to Beijing instantly. To that spot, that balcony, mine. I would have to rent this space from the restaurant – I thought to myself – and then I would put my bed in the open air. Not that I’m necessarily keen on sharing my bedroom or privacy with other people, but that view, it would be stunning at night.

Capital M was founded by Melbourne-born Michelle (“M”) Garnaut. Over the past 25 years, Michelle has opened a several restaurants in China: M at the Fringe in Hong Kong (1989-2009), M on the Bund (1999) and the Glamour Bar (2001-2014) in Shanghai and Capital M in Beijing (2009). All M restaurants share the same qualities – it’s all about no-nonsense good food. The menu features modern European cuisine as well as classics. From pan-seared scallops sitting on a pea & mint puree and smoked bacon to a pan-fried halibut with tahini & yoghurt, all dishes were lovely and executed perfectly by chef Gary Martin and his team. The dessert menu is a true feast for sweet tooths. Treat yourself to the Blood orange soufflé, the Governor’s trifle or order M’s Truly Grand Dessert Platter, which features both and more (a no-brainer really). The decor at Capital M is stylish and classic but never stiff. And the atmosphere at Capital M is warm and cordial, thanks to the hospitality of manager Matthew Nilon leading the Capital M team and deputy manager Alex Yuen.

Capital M is the kind of place where I imagine you could enjoy a great lunch with your family, a lush afternoon tea with your girlfriends and come back in the evening for a romantic dinner with your boyfriend. Capital M is also somewhat of a cultural hub in Beijing, hosting many events from literary to musical events. The Capital Literary Festival sounds like something I would definitely love to attend one day. Guess I will have to save that for the next time I visit Beijing.

Capital M Beijing / No. 2 Qianmen Pedestrian Street, 3rd Floor / open daily / lunch, brunch, afternoon tea and dinner (check the site for details) / connect with Capital M on facebook / twitter!

  • Joanna

    Omg you have the best food photos of all the bloggers I know, period! I am drooling all over the place. Where is this Capital M and where can I make reservations?

    • Thank you Joanna 🙂 Capital M is in Beijing so if you’re in the neighbourhood, definitely check it out!

  • Karen

    Being a Beijing People, I feel really happy to see you put such a beautiful shot of Beijing. But up to now i think most places you’ve visited are popular for “LAO WAI”, if you have any plan to visit Beijing again, i would like to guide you to some more place where you will see the really Beijing.

    • Thank you Karen, I may have to take you up on that offer! Keep an eye on my social media accounts for my next visit – I would love to see more of Beijing from a local’s perspective!

  • The view looks amazing! I happen to be hungry at the moment and looking at all that appetizing food is not helping! haha

    -M
    http://www.violetroots.com

    • Haha thanks Monika! I was drooling all over the place myself when I posted these photos!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Wow the food looks absolutely amazing! Gotta check it out next time I go home 🙂 I’m from Beijing, btw!

    xoxo, Christina

    http://www.straybirdsandlavender.com

    • Do check it out! Great to meet a real ‘Beijinger’! I was alone there most of the time. Would have loved having someone with me during these lunches / dinners! Next time I’m in Beijing I’ll think of you! (would also love a tour from a local!)

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Lydia

    You shoot amazing photos. I will put this on my to visit list!

  • sherry

    Tasty food!!
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