Gongti Xi Lu, (Opposite the Workers' Stadium west gate)
/ Chaoyang / 10am-2am daily / +86 10 6507 2617
A Star Reborn
Some say if it isn’t broken, don't fix it, while for others like Puck’s iconic Spago restaurant (link to previous Pen article for L.A.), Coca-cola and most famously, Madonna – reinvention is the key to longevity. It seems Beijing’s Pavilion subscribes to the latter philosophy, as evidenced by the newly revamped space that reopened mid-2012 as Pavilion Grille. What was once a popular and rowdy sports bar was transformed into a glamorous and luxuriously-appointed, multi-zone space, with a brand new A-list team at the helm, including chef Billy Bolton of Chef Too fame.
From the spacious atrium and glittering chandelier centerpiece to the plush fabric furnishings and artwork-lined walls, the new Pavilion is a far cry from the old incarnation. Although the look has taken it up several opulent notches, the taste remains accessible and straightforward, with an emphasis on grilled-to-perfection steak, seafood and Azerbaijani-style skewers (courtesy of the native grill chef), with a few indulgent dishes and accompaniments such as caviar, foie gras and Canadian lobster peppering the menu. Add in an extensive wine and premium champagne list, and a verdant outdoor patio of green umbrellas and comfy lounges, and you’ve got the perfect spot for a delicious long lunch, or romantic evening interlude.