You're in Beijing, but you can easily take a culinary tour of the Silk Road while dining at the legendary Raffles Beijing. Executive chef Christian Rose has come up with several pizzas named after famous stops along the ancient trading route, and each is supposed to reflect the unique characteristics of that particular metropolis. Some, like the Beijing Pizza, reflects more modern elements, and so the ingredients that go into that - spicy chicken, corn kernels, cashew nuts, tomatoes and Mozzarella cheese represent the "unlimited possibilities" Beijing offers, as well as the East-West meeting ground the Chinese capital has become. It's intriguing, and we cannot wait to see what the pizzas from Chang'an, Bombay, Persepolis, Athens, Constantinople and Rome are like.
East 33, Raffles Beijing Hotel, 33, East Chang'An Avenue, Beijing. 010-6526-3388 Ext 5171, Daily from 11 am to 10 pm. Take-away available.
- Pauline D. Loh