Of all the meals I had in Beijing, my lunch at Rosewood‘s Country Kitchen
was a sure winner. I arrived at the hotel on a Wednesday afternoon. I had two
lunches booked that day so I knew I had to save some room for the next meeting.
I regret the way I had to leave this particular lunch. The dishes were stunning
one by one. Walk with me, will you?
The first thing that caught my eye was the rustic interior. The restaurant
has the ambience of an ancient Chinese village but has a contemporary
aesthetic at the same time. The wooden chairs, black cut-out walls, the
copper table wear and grand open kitchen where you see the chefs at their
stations preparing their dishes, it’s a fine contrast between the old and
And it all comes together once you taste the dishes. Usually hotel restaurants
have the tendency of serving international cuisine, non-local stuff, avoiding
every chance to scare off foreign guests with local cuisine. While I must say I
expected the same, the opposite is true with Country Kitchen. In fact, with the
restaurant menu, the chefs have tried to resurrect old Beijing and Northern
Chinese recipes that may even be unknown to Beijingers now.
I am warned that some dishes may be spicy. Coming from house with a
mother who cooked Malaysian mostly, I would put my family to shame if I
wasn’t able to handle it.
Chinese vegetables covered in sesame sauce
Chinese chicken cooked white in a spicy broth
Sweet and spicy grilled shrimp
Dried meat // The restaurant serves lovely noodle dishes prepared by Liang Jun Wei, the resident noodle master. The noodles are hand-cut, pulled, knife-cut and rolled from scratch.
Noodle bowl with vegetables
Chinese savoury pancake
One of the last photos show a Chinese charcuterie (who knew Chinese cuisine had
this) dish where you roll cured meat in a savoury pancake and top it off with
pickled vegetables. I was surprised by how scrumptious this was.
All the dishes presented was unlike anything I had ever had before and yet it felt
so close to home. The ingredients are local and fresh. It’s Northern Chinese comfort
food at its best. I had to hold back on eating the whole lot. The price I had to pay
for that is to have a non-stop craving for all these dishes ever since I got back.