Royal Smushi House
Beijing is hardly short of places to eat, drink and shop, but getting to do all three in one venue is a rare treat indeed. Nordic in design and helmed by Danish duo Rud Christiansen and Lo Ostergaard, Royal Smushi House boasts a cool monochrome and glass-fronted exterior, as well as two floors of Scandi-inspired retail, cuisine and cocktails, starting with Georg Jensen homeware and jewellery, and lifestyle products from the Monocle Shop on the ground floor.
Heading up the spiral staircase, stop by the Bakery for a Danish pastry or energising smoothie, or head to the pretty-in-pastel Café; the perfect perch for a spot of champagne afternoon tea, chocolate buns and ‘smushi’, the namesake sushi-meets-smørrebrød dish featuring flavours like curry chicken apple salad, and smoked mackerel ragout. For larger appetites, beeline to the Restaurant where wooden flooring, leather seating, and vibrant green walls frame chef Frederik Jensen’s international cuisine with a Danish twist. Start with crayfish, asparagus and quail egg-topped noodle soup before slow braised, crispy skin pork belly or chicken danois mains. Then indulge in the ‘Peasant Girl with Veil’ dessert of apple compote, salted caramel ice-cream and caramelised rye crumble with vanilla Chantilly, before finishing with post-prandial sips in the cosmopolitan Bar. Skål!