There’s nothing like an indulgent brunch to top off a lazy weekend morning, and from lavish hotel buffets to Indian feasts Beijing has its share of sumptuous spreads. The following are some of the most popular in town.
Brunch at Boulud
A la carte brunch including the DB Burger, filled with braised short ribs and foie gras. RMB 238 (four-course) plus RMB 35 supplement for the burger, RMB 208 (three-course), RMB 158 (two-course), RMB 98 (one-course), free (kids under 6). All prices+5%.
Sun 11am-4pm. Ch’ien Men 23, 23 Qianmen Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (6559 9200) 布鲁客法餐厅, 东城区前门东大街23号
Dim sum, BBQ, oysters, Indian dishes, carved meat, desserts, juice and smoothie stations and more. There’s also a kids’ corner for your young ones. See Spotlight, p14, for more. RMB 298-368, RMB 149 (kids 6-12), free (kids 0-5). All prices+15%.
Sun 11.30am-3.30pm. Taste. 2/F, Westin Beijing Chaoyang, 1 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8888 ext 8102) 朝阳区新源南路1号朝阳威斯汀大酒店2层
Beijing’s only Sunday champagne brunch to offer Taittinger as the house pour. The selection in Vasco’s features plenty of seafood. Slip around the corner to Chynna to pick up dim sum, Beijing duck, stir-fries and even hot pot. Sip martinis in the bar, or enjoy free-flow bubbly at your table. There’s a mini-buffet, toys and movies in the “Kidz Paradise” playroom. RMB 368 (includes free-flow champagne and beverages), half price (kids ages 6-12), free (kids under 6).
Sun 11.30am-3pm. 5/F, Hilton Beijing Wangfujing, 8 Wangfujing Dongjie, Dongcheng District. (5812 8888) 东城区王府井东街8号希尔顿北京王府井酒店5层
Eatery Saturday Brunch
Go west to this Haidian retreat for a tempting spread of dim sum, Japanese tempura and other international dishes. The kids are entertained in the Children’s Corner. RMB 368+15% (includes free flow of Piper-Heidsieck champagne, cocktails and wine).
Sat 11.30am-3pm. Four Points by Sheraton Beijing, Tower 1, 25 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (8889 8888) 海淀区海淀区远大路1号北京海淀福朋喜来登酒店
inspiRED Sunday Bubbly Brunch
Caviar, live seafood, teppanyaki ice cream, delectable desserts and much more. Magicians, musicians, dancers and the Kids Club entertain patrons. RMB 368 (includes free flow of Pommery Pop champagne), RMB 298 (soft drinks, juice and mocktails), RMB 148 (kids under 12), free (kids under 6). All prices+15%.
Sun 11.30am-3pm. 1/F, The Westin Beijing, 9B Jinrong Jie, Xicheng District. (6629 7810) 西城区金融大街乙9号金融街威斯汀大酒店1层
Mirch Masala Sunday Brunch
This restaurant deserves more recognition for its great weekday thali lunch sets and buffet. Make a date on Sundays for seafood dishes, live cooking and vegetarian options at their new bargain brunch buffet. RMB 48.
Sun 11.30am-3pm. Unit 130, Bldg 2, Ritan Highlife, (across from the north gate of Ritan Park), Chaoyang District. (8563 6304) 朝阳区雅宝路日坛公园北门日坛上街2号楼130号
The lavish Sunday spread includes roast meats, lobster, oyster, dim sum, luscious desserts and more. RMB 398 (includes free-flow champagne), RMB 268 (no alcohol), RMB 128 (kids under 12). All prices+15%.
Sun 11.30am-3pm. InterContinental Hotel, 11 Jinrong Jie, Xicheng District. (5852 5888) 西城区金融街11号洲际酒店
Open Bar Brunch at Hilton Beijing
Feast on a huge range of roasted meats and pan-Asian delicacies from live cooking stations, accompanied by live jazz. Kids are entertained by a magician and games at the Kids Club. RMB 348 (free flow of cocktails and Mumm Champagne). All prices+15%.
2/F, Hilton Beijing, 1 Dongfang Lu, Chaoyang District. (5865 5000) 朝阳区东方路1号希尔顿酒店2层
Offers a thoughtful balance between light breakfast dishes and heartier lunchtime fare. Indulge in champagne and owner Gaby’s special Sunday treats from the bar. Non-alcoholic and children’s options available. Reservations encouraged. RMB 138-288.
Sun noon-4pm. 2/F, 9 Jiangtai Xilu (west of Rosedale Hotel), Chaoyang District. (6437 8457) 朝阳区将台西路9号2层（珀丽酒店西边）
Sureño Sunday Brunch
Lazy Sunday dining on Mediterranean treats like bruschetta, eggs with smoked salmon, pasta, grilled meat and hangover-busting jugs of sangria. RMB 268.
Sun noon-3pm. B1/F, The Opposite House, The Village at Sanlitun, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6410 5240) 朝阳区三里屯路11号三里屯Village瑜舍地下1层
VIC Sunday Brunch
October is pumpkin month at VIC’s brunch, with special pumpkin dishes in addition to the usual spread. The seafood, cheeses and desserts are among the best of any Beijing brunch. RMB 378+15%.
Sun noon-3pm. 6/F, Sofitel Hotel, Tower C, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8599 6666) VIC国际美食, 朝阳区建国路93号万达广场C座6层
This article was adapted from the Oct 15 issue of agenda.