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.
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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.
did not have much taste of garlic, lemon and salt but
THIS IS THE BEST MIDDLE EASTERN FOOD YOU WILL GET IN BEIJING.
have already been a few times and will be back for more.
I sugest the chicken steak,
hummus, falafels, taboule, baba ghanoush.
The service is very good too.
The falafel pita with humus tastes like it's straight outta tel aviv. Soooo good. Babaganoush is not bad. Very good prices and friendly staff. Fried chicken breast with onions has that home style taste to it. Like something your mom makes. Will definitely be going back to this place often.
went there the other day and the falafel + hummus pitta was quite nice.
however, I ordered 'grilled eggplant' as a starter, and it was the worst.
while i was waiting for my food, a cruel burnt smell like burnt potatoes started wafting from the open kitchen. while i was still wondering what had been forgotten on the stove, surprise - the smell went my way and arrived in the form of my grilled eggplant. i really tried to eat it, but it was just uneatable. It was charred black from outside and the flesh had taken on that weird burnt taste. It was literally the first time in my life I ever send any food back. now to how they handled that... the waitress went to speak to the "manager" and returned, reporting that he had said that this was "the way they always do it and people eat it". I told her in this case I would like to talk to the manager as I didn't see how anybody could possibly eat it. Enter the manager, who listened to my complaint of the eggplant being burnt and then said, quite patronizingly, "yes, well it's grilled. on an open flame." well, yeah, thanks, I know what "grilled" means, but I think you use a "grill" instead of putting things into the fire, no? i told him as much, he shrugged and offered to exchange the dish for something else. Unwisely, I chose babba ganoush, still thinking it might have been a one time mistake, but, you guessed it, the same burnt taste lingered in this eggplant dish as well. I let it rest though and hoped to be reconciled with a mid-eastern mocca(or whatever it says on the menu). While it was presented nicely enough and subtly flavored with rose water, the coffee itself was far too thin for mocca for my taste.
long story short, if you stick to the pittas it's probably nice enough, but because of the rest it's only a 2-pointer.
I went there the other day to meet my friend and i loved it. The food was authentic, the service was decent. The noise though, holy cow, i don't know how they did it but that place was loud, TOO loud!
But enough complaining. I looked at the menu and I thought that the pitas etc. were reasonably priced for Beijing, but then when the waitress pointed out that I could add 5 kuai and then have a drink etc. I thought it had good value too.
I am trying to think of other places in Beijing that do pita and humus to this standard, but there aren't that many.
Best Middle-Eastern food I've had in Beijing yet: I can see why they won the awards. All the food we had was great: lemonade and tea with fresh mint, soft, fresh pita bread, and excellent hummus are worth mentioning. Service was near-perfect (attentive but not intrusive). All-around good experience: I wouldn't go anywhere else for hummus this side of town.
As far as value for money goes, Bite-a-Pitta is one of the best places in Beijing. The consistency is amazing too, they have been serving the same quality, size, price and presentation of their food since they first opened way back in the original Ladies Street location.
The owners care a lot about the service as well as the food. The presence of Avi in the restaurant every time I go there shows their devotion. You have to appreciate a place which is run day-to-day by the owners themselves.
The food portions are good, a few dishes to share is always enough for my hungry girlfriend and I. The chicken shwarma is delicious, the hummus is the right amount bitter and the olives are incredible. The best deal on the menu is to order the shwarma main and add 40 kuai for the "Pitta Feast" upgrade which gets you 10 small dishes of condiment type things. Tahini, babaganoush, roasted peppers, carrot and chickpeas, beets and a bunch more. The pita feast also includes coffee, tea, beer or soft drink. I also love their generosity with their home made pitta bread.
2 people can eat, drink and be happy there for about 150kuai.
The only things I would change are:
1. The mashed potatoes are very, very dry.
2. The spinach patties taste like deep fried cut grass.