Beijing's best fancy brunches

Splurge out for a little extra panache

Brunching in Beijing has fast become a favourite weekend past time. Neither breakfast nor lunch, this inbetweeny meal is an opportunity to eat-away your hangover and re-embrace your inner lush all in one sitting. Do it right this weekend dear brunchers with the Time Out guide to Beijing's best. When you're after a special weekend treat these deluxe brunches won't be beat.

Qianmen

TRB Hutong (formerly Temple Restaurant Beijing)

Critics' pick

The grand dame of luxury brunching
When it comes to indulging – and let’s face it, brunch is really all about indulgence – no one does it quite like TRB. The brunch menu is appropriately lavish for such a grand setting. Choose from a five-course menu of French classics. Pastries galore, pan-seared foie gras, eggs en cocotte, eggs Florentine, the famous lobster and foie gras terrine and house-made gravlax all make appearances on a rotational basis. 

Order this Pan-fried and confit pigeon.
Price 328RMB for five courses, wine pairing 198RMB (plus 15 percent service charge).
Time 11.30am-3pm Sat-Sun. Reservations essential.

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23 Shatan Beijie (Miyun county)

CBD

Opera Bombana

The Italian stallion
Opera is a five-course feast from the masters of all things Italian; you won’t find any eggs Benedict here. Once you’ve ordered your main course from the menu of mouth-watering entrées, olive oil and balsamic vinegar are delivered to the table, closely followed by a flurry of beautifully baked Italian breads and a regularly refilled antipasto board laden with cured meats, salmon gravlax, olives and grilled courgette. As with the antipasto, the mains leave little to be desired and make for a truly indulgent feast.

Order this Braised veal tenderloin.
Price 688RMB per person; 200RMB for free-flow sparkling wine.
Time 11.30am-3pm Sun. Reservations recommended.

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9 Dongdaqiao Lu (Changping)

Bistrot B

Critics' pick

The French fancy
Much more than just coffee and viennoiseries, the brunch at Rosewood Beijing’s French bistro is a mash-up of hot and cold breakfast classics with a free hangover-busting cocktail. Poached eggs are served on buttery brioche with smoked salmon and a generous pour of sauce Choron. The creme fraiche pancakes are delightfully fluffy and tangy, too. In typical French fashion brunch is a marathon, not a race. The laissez-faire service gives you the opportunity to sit back and savour your food while watching the action unfold in the open kitchen, which takes centre stage in the dining room.

Order this The steak tartare.
Price 310RMB for two courses; 350RMB for three courses (includes one free cocktail, all prices plus 15 percent service charge).
Time 11.30am-2.30pm Sat-Sun. Reservations recommended.

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1 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie (Changping)

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