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).
Type of cuisine: European
English menu? English with Chinese
General kid-friendliness of menu: Many adult entrees are available as a half portion for kids (also half price).
Best dishes for adults: Sunday brunch is a lovely treat (RMB 255 for adults), weekday lunch set menus offer good variety (RMB 110-150); otherwise gourmet beef stroganoff served with buttered noodles is a chef specialty (RMB 125)
Kids’ menu? Yes
Best dishes for kids: A half-sized portion of the beef stroganoff is a kids’ menu item (RMB 65); sweet potato pancake with homemade applesauce is a healthy dish (RMB 30); salmon burger on a bun served with lettuce, tomato and homemade mayonnaise is a twist from the usual beef burger (RMB 45).
Kids’ play area? Yes. There is a separate kids room with small tables and chairs, a television, and some coloring materials and toys. During warm weather, playing outside is a fun option.
Play areas nearby: None
Kid-friendly staff? Yes, English-speaking and attentive
Bathroom: Clean, sit-down. No changing table
Seating: Tables, chairs, booths and outdoor seating
Price: RMB 500 (if ordering a la carte)
Credit card accepted? Yes, both Chinese and foreignParking? Yes, free
Must-order item: Aside from many signature entrees, The Orchard Mushroom soup (RMB 45) and Inside-Out German Chocolate Cake (RMB 55) should not be missed.
In a nutshell: Whether you prefer Chinese or Western dishes, and if you have younger or older children, there is something for everyone at The Orchard. The four seasonal menu changes never fail to please.
Additional note: The Orchard will soon add a meeting center to their building, so by May of 2013, they can accomodate large groups and company outings.
Also try: Royal Smushi House, Element Fresh
Photo Courtesy of Judy Zhou