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Hidden Kingdom- La Taverne

 

HIDDEN KINGDOM- LA TAVERNE

Tucked away in a hidden corner of Beijing’s bustling commercial centre lies La Taverne, a small taste of France.

 

This favourite hang out venue with the French community offers deeply traditional food, a great soundtrack of classic French tunes, French waiting staff and d茅cor that is far more Brittany than Beijing.

 

Two years ago, former Le Petit Gourmand manager, Axel Moreaux, took over operations and I for one am very glad that he did. He has done a lot for the restaurant so far.

 

The 脿 la carte menu is good, but Moreaux is eager to promote the blackboard menu, which features seasonal dishes that rotate on a daily basis. This is the style of a typical French family-run bistro, and adds to the overall authenticity of the restaurant.

 

Great value weekday lunch sets (two courses CNY 68, three courses CNY 98) and weekend brunches (CNY 88/128) are available.

 

On the night I visited, the blackboard menu included a simple but mouth watering and somewhat addictive rotisserie chicken and an enormous pot au feu beef stew that tasted rustic and home-cooked.

 

Off the regular 脿 la carte menu, I highly recommend the salade au fromage de chevre chaud (CNY 58), a large green salad topped with goat’s cheese toast, made with honey, thyme and walnuts.

 

The crepes here, both savoury and sweet, are fantastic, but the chocolate mousse (CNY 39) is another good dessert option.

 

With a generous wine rack in the corner and a reassuringly French clientele, this laid-back eatery’s warm colours and wood furnishings, combined with simple yet moderately priced authentic French food, create an experience that is impossible to find elsewhere in the city.

 

La Taverne 閬ヨ繙瑗块鍘

Address: No. 7, Gongti Xi Lu, Chaoyang District    鏈濋槼鍖哄伐浣撹タ璺7

Tel: +86 10 6551 8967

Website: http://www.lataverne.cn/en/atmosphere.htm 

 

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