This bright Sanlitun cafe offers six types of hummus, as well as tasty pita sandwiches, falafel, shawarma, salads and other Middle Eastern dishes. There's also Middle Eastern-style coffee. Great value for money makes Biteapitta a good stop for a light lunch. Voted "Best Middle Eastern" in the Beijinger's 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards.
User reviews of Biteapitta 吧嗒饼
I love me some middle eastern food every now and then. For those days, Biteapita is the clear choice, no alternative!
The food, if not spectacular, is solid. The prices are correct and the value awesome. Maybe the hummus could have a bit less tahini but other than that, i'm more than happy to go back anytime.
Today Bittepita, you really let me down. I used to love coming to you for well priced food and great service. I even convinced my friends to eat with me there for lunch.
When the server came to our table, as it was the first time for my friends I ordered for everybody, (common for chinese restaurants). Altogether we were 4 people. I ordered 2 Falafels, 1 Chicken Shwarma and one Mousakka. She then went around the table and asked what I thought were people's drink orders but she asked what they wanted to eat. So even though they ordered the exact same thing again, she thought that is was normal for one person to eat 4 entrees and 3 people to eat 3.
The food came out and as the Falafels still are a reason to come here, the Chicken Shwarma has really become a disaster. Putting lots of yoghurt does not hide the fact that the chicken is precooked and reheated leaving a very dry, old tasting sandwich.
Finally when all the food started coming out, and we told them there must have been a mistake, the waitress said it is our fault for ordering so much. After arguing back and forth, I finally accepted this logic, although still not a good way to handle it. We asked for the bill, paid in cash, then the waitress came back and said that we did not give her the right amount. We had just counted the amount in front of her only seconds ago. We explained to her that we in fact gave her the correct amount and it is possible that there was a mistake on her end. She seemed to accpet this and we started to leave.
As we werer passing by her she agaion told us that we did not give her the correct money and she would not let us leave until she counted the daily till amount to make sure they were not short changed. Finally after she counting she just made a nod with her head, no apology, nothing.
Guys this is a lesson in bad service, never do this, not even once. I will not go back here, not because the food is mediocre, but beause service like this is just an insult to a paying customer.
Every time I see Biteapitta name now, I can’t get rid of the picture of 200 pounds grown up man hiding from me in the backdoor closet.
We were having lunch at Biteapitta when I decided to open and try the hummus I was going to take out. The boss of this establishment was sitting at the next table, when he saw me doing this, he went to find a waitress and sent her to make me comment that it’s forbidden to try food that is packed to be eaten “out”, even if I’m having lunch inside. I didn’t understand her reasoning and asked to sent her boss to explain me this policy, he rejected to approach and when I stood up to approach him, he instantly ran away and hid in the staff room. WTF??? I’ve never seen manager behave like this in MY WHOLE LIFE! That’s not the way you run the restaurant. So, number ONE: never-ever you dare to open your take-out food inside this place, and SECOND, I don’t know the nationality of this person, but he’s made a very strong impression on me, TOTAL DISGRACE, man. Every time I see Biteapitta name now, I can’t get rid of the picture of 200 pounds grown up man hiding from me in the backdoor closet.
Ex-pats living in Beijing don't ask for much when it comes to foreign grub: Clean atmosphere. Good service. Tasty food. Reasonable prices.
Bite-a-Pita delivers on all of the above to produce a highly satisfying eat-out experience that keeps delivering every time I come back.
Upon walking into Bite-a-Pita, you can immediately begin to see why there is such a devoted and loyal following among the ex-pat community. Though typically always serving customers no matter what time of day, there typically remains ample seating, with large elevated tables in the back for bigger groups and a long, narrow bar-style table along the window to the left in addition to several regular tables in the middle of the restaurant. The floors are clean, the lighting is bright and inviting and the staff is friendly without being annoying, all of which combines to give out an atmosphere conducive towards eating casually with friends.
Which is good, because Bite-a-Pita is all about eating delicious Israeli food that makes you forget you're in China. The hummus stacks up with any I've ever tasted and could sit confidently beside any spot in the world where it's considered a staple. Along with the pita, which is clearly made fresh at the restaurant, ordering at least a plate with any meal should be an automatic decision. The other dishes one might expect to find at an Israeli joint are all superb as well, including the falafel, shawarma and kebabs, the latter being particularly excellent. The salads all taste fresh. The teas and their homemade limonada, along with other assorted drinks wash everything down nicely. All dishes and beverages are presented with care and it all comes out in a timely fashion.
There are a couple of minor quirks: The spinach patties could use a facelift and the draft beer is either mouth-numbingly cold or just straight-up warm. But these are tiny scuffs on what is an outstanding final product. Add the reasonably priced menu to the delicious and authentic food, great service and warm atmosphere, and you end up with a trusted, go-to neighborhood spot that should be immediately entered into any Beijing ex-pat's rotation of foreign restaurants.
Found this thing in the very last bite of my falafel sandwich.
Unfortunately it was a take away, and they are lucky I wasn't found dead with a peice of plastic lodged in my esophagus.