Restaurant King's Joy 2 Wudaoying Hutong Dongcheng, Beijing China, 100027 Published on: 05-08-2016
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Why King's Joy is special ?
This hutong restaurant serves high class vegetarian food in a stunning, renovated courtyard. Highlights include the sweet and sour fried lotus root and king oyster mushrooms. The vegetarian zhajiangmian here tastes just as good as the original.
King’s Joy offers vegetarian food, but not the restrictive, monastic version that prohibits leeks, onions, garlic, chives and other pungent ingredients. The food here is not shy of flavour, and many vegetables come from nearby, cooperating organic farms
- Maki zushi with wild rice (野米反转寿司, 109RMB)
- Hericium erinaceus (鲜果咕咾菌菇, 99RMB)
- Sautéed matsutake and celtis leaf (松茸朴叶烧, 169RMB)
- The steamed glutinous oil rice (荷叶油饭, 39RMB)
- Oatmeal nut-melange so soy beverage (麦片坚果豆浆, 59RMB)
- A meat-free nirvana
- Ingredients from organic farms around Beijing
- Focus on nutrition, balance of taste, texture and looks
- Nice restaurant with good atmostphere
- Good food and quick serive
- Main cuisine Speciality
- Noise level Normal
- Budget Medium
- Alcohol YES
- Air condition YES
- Had kid menu YES
- Accept credit card NO
- Serve breakfast NO
- Serve halal NO
- Serve vegeterian YES
King's Joy 2 Wudaoying Hutong Dongcheng, Beijing China, 100027
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This is one of the most memorable meals I've had - anywhere in the world. King's Joy serves gourmet vegetarian food in a sophisticated, modern but utterly Chinese setting.None of our party of five were vegetarians, and I could see my guests' hearts sink slightly when I said we were going to a vegetarian restaurant for dinner - however they were absolutely blown away by the amazing food and excellent service.It was an incredibly hot evening - too hot to dine outside - and as we walked in through the entrance courtyard we were enveloped in a cooling mist of water vapour which made the place seem mysterious and dream-like.The menu was different from many other Chinese menus as it offered a range of set meals of varing lengths and prices, but you could eat a la carte too. We opted to all have the same set menu at 490RMB per head. The food was exquisitely presented, a feast for the eyes as well as the taste-buds.Each dish had been very carefully chosen so that it balanced what came before and what followed. I could become a vegetarian tomorrow if this was the usual fare!We had a wonderfu 'waiter' - though 'waiter' doesn't do justice to how he guided us, served and informed us about the food. He was terrific.The whole meal was akin to a sensory theatrical experience.However, I do have one major quibble. The restaurant apparently prides itself on its wine list. But to our disappointment our first choice of wine from their list was no longer available, nor was our second choice, nor our third.... this lets the restaurant down.Having many EXTREMELY expensive French wine on their list does not help. The varieties of wine listed were limited (even if they had had bottles available). There are excellent New World wines and also some superb Chinese wines non of which were listed.I gathered from overhearing conversation between diners and management that they hope to get a Michelin listing - the restaurant, its ambiance and in particular its food is worthy of a Michelin star, but they MUST address their wine list or they havn't a snowball's chance in hell.
The setting is stunning but the positives for me ended there. Poor communication by the waiter meant we were led to believe that we were only allowed to order one of the set menus which were not particularly appealing.There were occasional plus points with the flavours of the dishes but overall the food was very bland and lacking in creativity. There was a reliance on mushrooms which did not justify the extremely high cost of the meal. Some elements were truly laughable, including the presentation of a single uncooked radish. This is not the work of a talented chef.The papaya milk (58 RMB) was the worst I have ever tasted, coagulating into a bitter mush within a matter of seconds.The environment is nice until you are plunged into virtual darkness in a failed attempt at creating atmosphere, rendering the bland food almost invisible.Apologies for the bad review but this was a very lacklustre effort at fine dining in a restaurant which promised far more.
This was a delicious dinner! It wasn't cheap but it was very very good! My food experiences are mainly from Melbourne and Hong Kong so I can't comment on how expensive it was or wasn't. For my mum and I it came to around 1200HKD which I would expect to pay for a similar experience in HK and Australia so I don't see too much fuss about it. Depends on your budget really. But now to the food! I didn't like the look of the set menu's as I'm not a big mushroom person so we just looked at the a la carte menu and ordered the ones with pretty pictures! We got about 5 or so dishes, ranging between 70 and 150 each, and we also ordered a bottle of Australian wine which accompanied really well! We ordered; Miso soup - It was so yummy! We got one each because my mum LOVES miso and it was really light and fresh, great for the hot day we'd spent slaving around the summer palace and lost so much fluid from our bodies! The flavour was gentle and not too strong of any of the flavours. The full mushrooms made it sing and for those who haven't had miso it was much more than just a broth! Very good! Mung bean with tofu - This tasted just like sweet and sour pork! For meat lovers and vegetarians it was incredible! I wish I knew how to make it! It astounded me! This was easily our favourite dish! I would eat it every day and happily give up even bacon if this was my alternative! Wasabi Mango - My mum selected this because she saw mango and didn't read wasabi.. She meant to order a dessert :) Ah well we had it mid way and it was great! The sweetness of the fresh and fleshy mango wasn't stringy or tart but made the wasabi spice pop and it was a party in my mouth! Loved the mix of strong flavours here! I can't remember the other few things we ordered but the atmosphere was lovely, the waitstaff were so attentive and I actually loved that the lights were dimmed later in the night (around 9.15) We booked an early dinner at 7.30 and the place was pretty quiet.