Zhang Ziyi's restaurant

By Zoe Li (That's Beijing)
Updated: 2006-11-13 09:08

This restaurant has so many selling points, one doesn't know which to buy into.

First, there's the ton of binchotan charcoal under your feet (also used to filter your water) and the 1.3m-tall ice Buddha centerpiece. Or, how about being the first certified organic restaurant in China? If that doesn't do it, I'll whisper to you that superstar Zhang Ziyi owns the place.

Oh, and then there's the food. All the Japanese classics are available, from grilled eel to decadent wagyu beef, but their light dishes are most impressive. The vegetables basket (RMB 38), fresh from the restaurant's own organic farm, gives weight to the arguments of organic foods advocates. Bittersweet bell peppers, cherry tomatoes bursting with flavor and crisp, spicy radishes all make you realize you had forgotten what vegetables are supposed to taste like. The innovative five-grain sushi (RMB 88) will combat bloating from regular white sushi rice. These fibrous purple rolls are moist and wholesome-sure to convert any health food-phobe. Beef and mushroom soup (RMB 120) is a rich, complex consomme with medicinal properties. This potions will ease out all those winter chills and accumulated toxins, and achieves the miracle of making you feel lighter than you did before the meal.

Shan Zhai
Location: 2/F, North Bldg, Longbo Guangchang, 16 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District
Open time: 5.30-10pm
Tel: 010-65951199 


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