Chapter restaurant at Conrad Hilton. Timeout Beijing says: Chapter, the all-day dining establishment at the new Conrad Beijing, makes no qualms about showcasing its own cultural pedigree through its breathtaking design.
For one, you're eating beneath a three-story bookshelf that could've been lifted from the library of an English country manor. Although perhaps a better analogy would be the famous grand library in The Great Gatsby (in which Gatsby's books are all unbroken and unread), as all the books on Chapter's shelves are hollow replicas of the same handful of titles. One of which, bizarrely, is entitled Furniture Culture. Still, even if Chapter is rather thinly read -- and enjoys perusing furniture store catalogues -- the gorgeous art deco flooring and floor-to-ceiling windows illustrates a thoroughly educated approach to fine dining.
From every angle, the stunning design of the restaurant's sole dining hall creates a distinguished atmosphere. What's more, there are no pesky librarians imploring you to shush!
The food matches the surroundings well: a carefully presented jumble of world cuisines mainly focusing on Japanese, Chinese, and European specialties prepared with an austere simplicity. Even a dish as simple as the caprese salad (98RMB) -- a staple choice -- was outstanding with its crisp tomatoes and creamy buffalo mozzarella; thick slices arranged in a colourful tower, smartly dressed with olive oil, honey and a smattering of pine nuts.
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