Lei Garden Restaurant Review, Beijing, China
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89 Jinbao jie, Dongcheng District, 3rd Floor Jinbao Building
Beijing, China, CA
86 010 8522-1212
86 010 8522-136 (Fax)
Lei Garden is a Cantonese Chinese restaurant based in Hong Kong, with serveral locations in China and Singapore. We loved their Hong Kong IFC location and had to visit them when in Beijing. They opened in 2006 and are located next to the Regent Hotel, on the 3rd floor right above a Ferrari dealer. They serve dim sum on the weekends and have waiters that understand English. We found the menu lacking some dishes present at their Hong Kong location like squab. There were some dishes missing from the menu that our server alerted us to.
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Decor, Vibe – Fancy upscale location with elegant furnishings, Asian accents, and classy decor. Well dressed upper class folks, businessmen, and many Hong Kong visitors were dining.
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Roasted Duckling (98¥, $1=6.8¥) about 2lb in size, making it like a small Chicken. It was cooked like Cantonese squab is. Perfect skin, very nice flavor, tender meat.
Salt Baked Chicken (148¥) was wrapped in parchment paper and cooked in sea salt. It had thick skin but very good chicken flavor. This small chicken had tons of bones. They do not use hormones to create large chickens.
Empress Lobster Soup (128¥) was a special dish. Rice was present in the soup along with some fried rice kernel on the surface. Little chunks of lobster meat were present. The soup had a subtle light flavor and a silky smoothness to it. Surprisingly, this was not expensive.
BBQ Pork (68¥) – Char Siu was meaty, tender, and juicy. It reminded us of the best in Hong Kong. Fabulous.
Crispy Pig (68¥) – Roast pig needs to be ordered in advance, so this is the next best thing. Simply awesome thin crispy skin, a fat layer, and then nice tender pork meat underneath. They don’t have this quality of stuff in the USA.
Steamed Egg (78¥) with Shrimp was cooked perfectly and included high quality shrimp making it simply awesome. Again nothing rivaling it in the US.
Mango Sago with grapefruit was refreshing after this big meal. A little bitterness though.
Daily Soup (118¥) was dong gwa with black chicken. It was long boiled but had a mish mash of flavors. Lots of tender beef and veggies for those into long boiled meats.
Vegetables (58¥) Chinese Broccoli was a big dish of green that were cooked fine. Lots of broth though.
Peipa Tofu (88¥) had some papaya in it and was average. It was not very tender. A forgettable dish.
Lei Garden had very good service with accessible servers, lots of fast refills, plate changes. The waitress did make some good recommendations. The food was largely very good to excellent. We continue to recommend Lei Garden and wish they would open a location in the USA. This is probably one of the better Cantonese restaurants in Beijing. They seemed to be pushing wine heavily and even gave us free tastes.
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