With toys, games, cushions and a kids’ menu, what more can you ask for to please the little ones? There are plenty of eggplant dishes here to choose from, but the babaganoush with warm pita is delightful.
Daily 11.30am-11pm. 59 Wudaoying Hutong (100 meters west of Vineyard Café), Dongcheng District (8403 9748)
Get your eggplant fix and enjoy a delicious kid-friendly eggplant pizza at this comfy Houhai restaurant.
Daily 11am-11pm. 9 Yindingqiao Hutong, Xicheng District (8322 8916)
Get served a variety of Hunan-style eggplant dishes, including a version with lamb and another that is simmered in fish broth. This restaurant is great for those who want a feast without the huge price tag.
Daily 10am-9pm. 1/F, Zijin Gong Hotel, 86 Nanheyan Dajie (100 meters north of Grand Hotel Beijing), Dongcheng District (6513 6561)
Enjoy a variety of delicious eggplant dips, or try the fresh, tangy tomato and grilled eggplant salad. With large tables, a kids’ playroom and the option to BYOB, this is a great spot for family and friends to gather.
Daily 11.30am-midnight. 1A Gongti Beilu (opposite Zhaolong Hotel), Chaoyang District (8454 3838)
Bite into fried eggplant smothered in a sweet onion chili sauce while enjoying the surroundings of a historical landmark. This courtyard restaurant is tucked away in a secluded Dongcheng hutong that once housed royal midwives during the Ming Dynasty.
Daily 10am-2pm, 5.30-9.30pm. 6 Qilin Bei Hutong, Kuan Jie, Dongcheng District (6407 3516)