All this month, we’ll be introducing 50 picks for some of the best family-friendly restaurants in Beijing. These reviews originally appeared in the January/February 2013 issue of beijingkids (see end of post).
Chef Too 美西西餐厅
Type of cuisine: American
English menu? Yes
General kid-friendliness of menu: Portions are relatively large and the menu at Chef Too is very kid-friendly.
Best dishes for adults: Filet mignon (6oz for RMB 228, 8oz for RMB 268, 10oz for RMB 298), barbeque ribs (RMB 198), grilled salmon (RMB 188)
Kids’ menu? There is a kids’ menu available for the weekend brunch only.
Best dishes for kids: Yo Mama Grilled Cheese (RMB 68), penne with meatballs (RMB 98), scrambled eggs with cheese or bacon or pancakes and bacon (RMB 58)
Kids’ play area? No
Play areas nearby: Chaoyang Park, Solana, The Magic Bean House
Kid-friendly staff? Yes, English-speaking and attentive
Bathroom: Clean, sit-down. No changing table
Seating: Standard tables and chairs; highchairs available
Price: RMB 650
Credit card accepted? Yes, both Chinese and foreign (except for American Express and JCB)
Must-order item: The Sunday brunch (9.30am-3pm, RMB 68-98, reservations strongly suggested); otherwise, the filet mignon is a must for dinner
In a nutshell: Chef Too is a cozy Western, pub-ish restaurant with comfort food and friendly service. Great care has been put into the authenticity of dishes and selection of ingredients. Savor classic American meals that could compete with – and in some cases surpass – food back in the US. The restaurant is refreshingly natural; the cafe curtains on the windows don’t feel kitschy here, they simply fall into place. Anyone who feels homesick for a Western restaurant experience will thoroughly enjoy Chef Too.
Also try: SALT, Kempi Deli
Photo by Lova