English menu? Yes
Kid’s menu? Yes, but you have to ask for it separately. Suitable for ages 2-12.
General kid friendliness of menu: One of the few restaurants in Beijing to offer healthy kids’ options. Adult portions are huge and can be easily split between two kids.
Staff: The staff is consistently friendly, attentive, and accommodating.
Bathroom: The bathroom is up a flight of stairs on the second floor. It has three very clean stalls with sit-down toilets; one is equipped with a changing table.
Best items for kids: The kids’ menu has staples like pasta, grilled cheese sandwiches, and pizza. Try the excellent kid-sized macaroni and cheese, or order a homemade hummus (RMB 65) with olives, fresh veggies, and mini whole wheat pitas to share from the starters menu.
Kids’ play area? No, but crayons and coloring sheets are available upon request. Also, Lido and Si’de Park are nearby.
Seating: The restaurant has both outdoor and indoor seating, with booths, couches, and tables. Highchairs are available.
Smoking/Non-smoking: Smoking is only allowed in the outdoor seating.
Price: RMB 400
Accepts credit cards? Yes
Must-order item: Any of Element Fresh’s humongous salads is usually a good bet. Try the classic Cobb (RMB 85) or laffa bread salad (RMB 78).
In a nutshell: Element Fresh is a mainstay of the Beijing food scene. It can be pricey, but many families are willing to pay for its outstanding service and healthy, hearty fare. The restaurant also offers free Wi-Fi from 7am-noon and from 2-7pm.
Mon-Fri 10am-10pm, Sat-Sun 8am-11pm. 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District (6033 5058)
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