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Private Hutong Hideout

April 29, 2014

Mulu Private Dining

Set across a beautifully renovated courtyard in one of Beijing’s oldest hutongs, Mulu is an exclusive new dining concept spanning two rooms of dark Chinoiserie, long, heavy low-slung tables, calligraphy-brandished walls and tatami mats. But this is no normal restaurant. Every booking must be made at least three days in advance, and while the rooms accommodate 7-10 diners, the menu can be tailored to personal specifications or budget to create a bespoke private supper experience.

Alternatively, you can opt for their set menu which changes every two weeks on the artistic whims of the two hotel-trained chefs, Chester Li and Pao-Gwei Mama, and without any set cuisine type (the influences vary from Italian to Malaysian) it’s nigh on impossible to predict what treats might be in store. However, past highlights have included a marriage of Asian and Mediterranean flavours such as dragon beans in a smoky sambal sauce; flaky cod with a fennel and sun-blushed tomato salad; chicken in a crab curry soup with mango purée; pan-seared foie gras with caramelised apples; and spaghetti all’amatriciana topped with king prawns. And now with Beijing’s keenly awaited summer fast approaching, their large roof deck with views of the pretty surrounding Dongsi hutongs has never looked better.

7 Xinsi Hutong / Dongsi Shiertiao Alley / Doncheng / +86 10 6400 3627 /