Cai Yi Xuan

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48 Liangmaqiao Lu

The flagship Chinese restaurant at the Four Seasons Beijing is in a class of its own. The décor of illuminated lattice work, polished marble and onyx hint at the truly palatial proportions of the cuisine. The kitchen, which remains silent and out of sight, casts doubt on almost everything we thought we knew about Chinese delicacies.

Check out the xioalongbao with an almost obscene amount of hairy crab roe – now this is living. The simmered prawns with black garlic and coriander are miraculously savoury and rich like foie gras, yet as light as if they had been simply poached. Cubes of red braised pork with Japanese abalone coat the mouth with waves of rich fat that fades into an undertone of deep-sea flavour. It’s not cheap, but if this is what quality costs we wouldn’t have it any other way.

The food is high-class Cantonese, and it's one of Beijing's best dim sum restaurants.
Venue name: Cai Yi Xuan
Opening hours: Open 11.30am-2.30pm; 5.30-10pm
English address: Second Floor Four Seasons Beijing 48 Liangmaqiao Lu Chaoyang
Chinese address: 朝阳区亮马桥路48号四季酒店2层
  • 4 out of 5 stars

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