An appetizing approach to food

Natural delights of vegetarian cuisine allowed to shine through by chef who knows the roots of success, Li Yingxue reports.

By Li Yingxue | China Daily Global | Updated: 2024-04-22 08:44
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Health, nature and sustainability are three concepts that find tangible expression through the art of cuisine in a courtyard nestled in Beijing's vibrant Sanlitun area.

Lamdre, a vegetarian fine dining restaurant, turns fresh, seasonal ingredients into an art form, aligning the healthy, culinary experience with the natural environments from which these ingredients are sourced. The eatery, which only opened in late 2022, has risen to prominence both at home and abroad for its delectable offerings and innovative philosophy.

According to owner Zhao Jia, its philosophy lies in "advocating a lifestyle that aims to infuse the beauty of nature into the lives of those who embrace mindfulness".

In October, Lamdre earned a star in this year's Beijing Michelin Guide. Then in January, it received a diamond rating in the Black Pearl Restaurant Guide, making it one of the few restaurants in Beijing to achieve recognition from both prestigious lists.

Adding to the accolades, Lamdre's star also shone at the recent awards ceremony for Asia's 50 Best Restaurants, clinching this year's American Express One to Watch Award.

"The dining experience at Lamdre is exquisite — from the serene ambience to the refined dishes that pay homage to nature's abundance. Chef Dai Jun and owner Zhao have introduced a concept that is refreshingly distinct and this accolade is well-deserved," said William Drew, director of content for Asia's 50 Best Restaurants.

Food blogger Li Xiaonan, who has 734,000 followers on micro-blogging platform Sina Weibo, commented that the restaurant is a pioneer for its lifestyle philosophy, and focuses on selecting the finest seasonal vegetables. "By skillfully cooking these ingredients to highlight their natural flavors, the restaurant offers … an experience of nature's true essence," he says.

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