Brick & Wood
For the Chinese capital, whose sister cities Shanghai and Hong Kong are home to many a Japanese fine diner, the few establishments serving up Nippon cuisine are either tucked away in quiet hutongs or hidden high in buildings, with none of them serving up the high calibre kaiseki you’d find just a few hours east in Tokyo. And though new restaurant Brick & Wood is, like its counterparts, hidden behind heavy unmarked wooden doors in Qianlong Hutong, it offers the elusive omakase experience so rare in this town.
Opened by businessman Kevin Yang who sought to bring elevated kaiseki dining to Beijing, Brick & Wood comprises a wooden sushi bar, cocktail bar, and a covetable roof terrace: serious sushi-lovers perch at the counter and watch the chefs at work; casual diners can enjoy city views from the patio. As for what’s on the plate – in true omakase style there is no written menu, rather a series of multi-course prix-fixe offerings (from RMB280 to RMB1000) showcasing what’s fresh and seasonally available. From the inaugural summer menus, standouts include 2-day marinated sashimi, saltwater eel with matsutake grilled mushrooms, and Australia-imported ribeye tenderloin, but expect heartier comfort fare as the seasons change and the mercury cools. Take pre- or post-prandials on the roof – we, for one, will cheers to Kevin for bringing kaiseki to Beijing in high style!