Tribe has been bringing nutritious eats straight to the doors of Beijing’s health and fitness freaks for the past couple of years now. You may have also discovered that ever since opening up new locations across Beijing, they have also developed a pretty substantial brunch game.
On this particular Saturday, we got to share a range of kid-friendly options Tribe has on offer to break the fast with Amiran Chia, son of Francisco Chia the Peruvian Restauranteur known for his awesome take on Nikkei delicacies at his seasonal eatery Pachakutiq. We learned upon meeting Amiran that his name means “king of kings” in Persian. So this along with his father being foodie royalty, the heat was on to satisfy Amiran, who has likely been exposed to some of the finer tastes this mortal realm has to offer.
Amiran is 4 and goes to the Kindergarten of Stars. Through the combination of his early bilingual education and the mixing pot of cultures that make up his parents’ unique backgrounds, he is well on his way to speaking five languages. With English, Chinese, and Spanish being the ones Amiran speaks with the most fluency, he is also learning his mother’s native tongue of Tajik and Russian.
However, on this particular morning at Tribe Organic, Amiran was speaking the international language… hunger! He first ordered up their SuperherOJ (RMB 30) and followed that with the Happily Ever After Pasta (RMB 68), and the Roasted Chicken Wings with Rosemary (RMB 38). Both of these dishes easily satisfied the young fellow with their health-conscious and tasty ingredients. This was especially so for the pasta with its pork mushroom sauce, whole wheat pasta, parmesan cheese, and diced tomatos. We’ve never met a kid who isn’t crazy about soft, chewy noodles covered in sauce. Regarding the wings, we think Amiran couldn’t quite fit them into his tiny tummy after that rather large plate, so Francisco decided to seize the opportunity and stomach the leftovers, as is often a prerequisite of fatherhood.
Our visit to Tribe got us thinking about just how far Beijing has come in terms of healthy dining options. After all, we can’t always rely on the omnipresent hamburger and pizza. It’s not sustainable, and that’s not what we should be teaching our kids to eat on a regular basis. Restaurants like Tribe will always be a pleasant alternative. They even have plenty of options for those with dietary restrictions, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free dishes that you won’t find at many other restaurants. This combined with four locations scattered around Beijing makes Tribe even more of an attractive choice for healthy family-style dining.
Tribe Organic Solana
Open daily 10.30am-10pm. Unit L-BS-51a, Bldg 9, Solana Chaoyang District (5905 6256) 朝阳区蓝色港湾9号楼L-BS-51a 号
Photos: Kipp Whittaker
This article appeared on p20-21 of beijingkids March 2018 issue.