Restaurant 95 Dong Hua Men Da Jie Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi China 100006 Published on: 05-08-2016
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Why Brian McKenna @ The Courtyard is special ?
Brian McKenna @ The Courtyard, a modern international restaurant that has breathed new life into its ancient surroundings. Seated quietly by the side of a sparkling moat, the restaurant straddles the line between the old and the new, and diners experience this every time they enjoy the chef’s creations while looking out to the imperial city.
At Brian McKenna @ The Courtyard, Chef Brian McKenna offers a unique Beijing dining experience. Situated adjacent to the east gate of the Forbidden City. The innovative cuisine is creative and fun to eat, and service is impeccable.
Must try dishes:
Salt Baked Truffle Chicken
Bites from BMK
Beef and Bone
- An enchanted evening
- An enchanted evening
- Innovative quality dining
- A new kind of culinary experience
- The perfect setting
- Main cuisine Chinese
- Noise level Small
- Budget High-end
- Alcohol YES
- Air condition YES
- Had kid menu NO
- Accept credit card YES
- Serve breakfast NO
- Serve halal YES
- Serve vegeterian NO
95 Dong Hua Men Da Jie Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi China 100006
Tips for you
We decided to visit this restaurant as a treat after completing some work in Beijing and visiting the Forbidden City, and what a treat! We went for the 7 course meal with wine and were constantly delighted throughout. The signature garden salad was a great start to the experience although it was a little large. Lots of goodness followed but I won't spoil it for the readers. A very expensive meal but totally worth it for what you get. Beautiful food and wine with world class service and a view of the forbidden city moat and wall.
We booked a reservation (and our hotel should have warned us) without realizing this was a prefixed menu with two options: fall or spring. Once you selected a menu, no other options were offered. There was no real a la carte option. As a fish/chicken person only....I was out of luck on viable dining options here. I was disappointed no other review had mentioned the set menuTo their credit, they understood when we left without eating
My husband and I visited here for our 20th wedding anniversary meal hence we were not put off by the price but be warned it's not cheap. Also note that it is a fixed menu so if you are not adventurous or willing to try anything it's best avoided. All that said we loved it. Our amuse bouche arrived in the form of a Fois Gras lollipop and a goats cheese biscuit which were full of flavour. The starter that night was a "picnic" which was so theatrical. A small placemat of what looked like artificial grass was placed with a gingham table cloth on top of that. Then a small picnic basket was served containing our picnic which had a lobster salad,what was described as a chicken sandwich and a couple of other little bits inside all of which were full of flavour. The next four course included scallops, beef and a pea soup,but I'm not doing it justice as each was combined with unususal flavour pairings which worked really well. Our pre desert came in the form of caramelised popcorn and icecream served in a popcorn box again the theatrical effect was super. Our service was excellent. Overall it was one of the most memorable meals I have ever had.