Just got home from a dinner at a new place on Dongzhimenwai called "Dine & Wine" that friends of ours discovered last week. The chef/owner is Belgian, and his menu is a very impressive collection of modern European dishes. The wine list is also pretty extensive, and covers both old and new world wines, at (for Beijing) relatively reasonable prices.
We made a good stab at ordering different dishes to allow us an opportunity for wide sampling. The starters we ordered were: pumpkin soup; sweetbreads with polenta; goose liver with onion confit and pureed turnip. All were very good, though perhaps the goose liver was the most 'gourmet' of the dishes. For mains we had beef tenderloin with fried potatoes; pork tenderloin; and osso bucco with mashed potatoes. The beef was extremely tender, and done exactly as ordered, while the pork was a bit tough but very tasty. The osso bucco was very good, though perhaps not as tender as it might have been and the sauce could have been a bit zestier.
For dessert we had an excellent creme brulee; an equally good pineapple 'carpaccio' with home made vanilla ice cream; and a darn good chocolate cheesecake. For the wines we chose an Australian red that was very big and beefy and paired with the meats very well, followed by a less pricey Italian primitivo that also turned out to be quite good.
Over all we were very impressed by the restaurant, which in addition to having good food was very nicely decorated (we particularly liked the wine glasses). The service was a tiny bit iffy, but nothing that a bit of practice won't iron out. Definitely a place worth trying.
Oh, and the bill came to just under Y1400 for four people.
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