Beijing Exotic Eats and Exclusive Boutique Hotels

China’s mark on the world is much more visible in the culinary area than anywhere else. While most of us cannot say ‘Hello’ or ‘Thank you’ in Chinese, we do understand what chop mein, dim sum and ginseng are, and their effect on our taste buds! While the traditional Chinese cuisine has been a part of global culture for many decades now, cuisine in China is changing and evolving, bringing international flavors and sensibilities to a cuisine that many of us know like our native ones.

You can now find expertly made sushi and Japanese dishes in the city’s streets and Beijing design hotels, get Middle Eastern cuisine with a Chinese twist, have a delicious pizza and wine for lunch, and experience one of the world’s best chocolate souffles. Yes, in China! We look at some of the best exotic eateries, as well as the best exclusive Beijing boutique hotels to help you find and enjoy them.

Hotel G is one of a new breed of Beijing luxury hotels, with a retro chic look and feel – and it just happens to be attached to one of the city’s most renowned Japanese restaurants, Morio. Japanese chef Morio Sakayori heads the fine dining restaurant, blending traditional Japanese with international flavors with Iron Chef Grace and ingenuity!

Green tea creme brulee, spider rolls and stewed black hair pork are great examples. Hotel G is also home to the Scarlett wine bar and restaurant, where tapas and cheese are done with Chinese spice and talent. Many of the dishes at this bar inside Hotel G are imported, and the place has quickly become popular with young executives in Beijing.

For Hotel G, though, the Beijing dining options are only the icing on a much sweeter cake of one of the most modern designer hotels in Beijing. This boutique hotel in China is decorated in 1960s style, with deep colors, rich fabrics and artworks that make your stay a truly sensual experience.

The hotel has a state of the art gym with innovative, ergonomic machines as well as the old favorites, spreading over both indoor and outdoor spaces. The pool is crisp and sparkling, and the sauna and steam room always popular. The loft style suites include free Wifi and iPod docking stations, and the attentive service reflects a modern focus on experience rather than rock bottom prices.

The Aman at Summer Palace is another exclusive Beijing boutique hotel, one with the dubious distinction of being the most expensive in the city. Naoki is the restaurant here, and again, a blend of East and West seems strange on paper, but is well-regarded by reviewers and raved about by guests.

French Kaiseki fare can be had at this Beijing boutique hotel, a mix of French and Japanese also served in Japanese style with guests seated around a Japanese counter. The Grill, also at Aman, serves prime meat cuts and seafood.

The Ritz-Carlton is not exclusive to Beijing, the name is known worldwide. However, the appearance of this Western chain in Beijing is another harbinger of a new age in dining and accommodation in Beijing.

The Ritz-Carlton bar is this hotel’s Beijing cocktail bar, combining Latin Jazz with sweet, salty, and spectacular cocktails. Aroma is the Ritz-Carlton restaurant, another blending international flavor in amazing style, with Indian, Japanese, South East Asian, and Chinese and Western dishes all available under the same roof.

Hotel G Beijing is the first of an exclusive beijing boutique hotel brand launched by Hong Kong-based real estate private equity management firm Gaw Capital and a model to be rolled out in selected cities of Asia.

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