This upscale European restaurant and lounge is located in the heart of the capital just east of the Forbidden City, one of the few venues of its kind in this area. The interior seats 60 and is dominated by "earth tones" and "natural materials" with intimate spaces for quiet conversation as well as private rooms accommodating four to twelve guests; while the second-floor lounge features custom made furniture, handcrafted cocktails and single malt whiskeys set to an ambient electronica soundtrack. Beijing restaurant veteran Dan Segall was called in to design the menu, which features "artisan French favorites" made from seasonal ingredients – i.e. potted pork confit, ‘Domus’ poached lobster salad with foie gras croutons, Provençale fish stew with rouille, duck leg confit and mustard sauce and ‘Bouillabaisse’ (for two).
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User reviews of Domus
Situated just inside the hutongs north of the square, this place would be a great place to go before or after say, a visit to the National Theatre. An upscale menu and interior with two floors and also some very nice events. Look out for wine and cheese tastings or special drink nights. They get some DJs in there as well.
I had never heard of Domus before but my buddy Chef Dan Segall was brought in to design a menu for the new management group. They invited my wife, daughter, sister-in-law and me to come in and try out the food before they re-open this week. They wanted to give the staff on the floor and in the kitchen more real situation practice.. and who am I to say no to a free meal.
We started off with soups and salads. I had the French Onion soup, wife had the seafood soup and daughter had the vegetable soup. All were amazing but the French Onion was to die for. They bring 4 different types of bread rolls to the table to choose from and I am not kidding when I say it was the best bread I have had in Asia. I got to meet the pastry chef and saw where she bakes her bread and it is mouth watering. After that we had a tuna salad that was very nice. Very cool presentation. A pork pate and a confee(sp?) that we slathered on the bread.
They started to pile on the food from there.. we had mouth watering steaks, insanely tender beer ribs, massive scallops with lemon capers on top, pork belly which is a bit too fatty for my tastes but if you like that sort of thing... my wife also had a trout salad that was very good. We were at this point too stuffed to eat the roasted chicken but it was so good that we took it home. I hope we didn't look like peasents by doing so but it was just too tasty to leave. I couldn't do dessert (way too full) but wife and sister had espresso. I think I might be forgetting a few dishes we had, there was so much food. They also gave us a couple bottles of lovely Italian wine.
The restaurant is beautiful and sophisticated but still very chill. The lounge was empty because they are still not open yet so it looked a little like a museum but I can see how it would be cool once its full. This is a wonderful place to bring a date or have a business meal, or if you can afford it a nice family meal like we had.
As to the price... I would say you are going to spend about 400 per person if you order the wine, which I strongly suggest you do. That is going all out for 400 each. This is real food for real people and the portions are more than ample. I am biased for sure as I am a good friend of Chef Dan's but if I was not impressed I would have just told him and the management team that it was great and left it at that and not written a review. It really was that good. It is a little tough to get to as it is right next to the Forbidden City but well worth the effort. Great food and a great atmosphere. This is the highend western restaurant at reasonable prices that Beijing has been missing.
Finally I want to mention the service. They were on their best behavior for sure with us and management looking on but they were all friendly and attentive. I hope this restaurant gets the attention it deserves as it really is a wonderful experience.
This hidden little gem over by tian'an men is great to have a nice quiet drink with friends or nice little romantic evening. Great set up and decor inside - the lounge, cafe and fine dining sections have great ambiance seating and lighting. Their bar made from copper is quite impressive.
The food. Great presentation with flavors to match, also one of the few places in beijing that has oysters on a half shell. The steak tartare was delicious.
The drinks. Fabulous. Very fresh and delicious, one just wasn't enough. Their Belvedere vodka cocktails were very well mixed as were the Jack Daniel's drinks. Generous portions all around. If you still think Bed bar has the best mojito in town, their Casino Royale might change your mind. Their Spicy Butterfly was spiced nicely with lots of ginger and complemented nicely with a side dish of pepper-roasted olives.
The atmosphere. Wonderful. You feel relaxed as soon as you step inside. Great lighting and music track selection that set the mood for either pre-dinner drinks or a nice nightcap. A minimal arrangement gives a nice feeling of space inside. The leather couches are a nice touch and quite comfortable as well. The service was very attentive, but not overly so.
Overall a great place to take a date, impress friends and visitors, or to just relax with a nice drink. It's a good deal because you get a lot for what you pay. I will be returning there soon.