The December closure of Beijing’s top French fine diner Maison Boulud came as a devastating blow to many of the city’s food lovers, who lamented the loss of one of the precious few haute European dining spots in this town. However the closure comes as a kind of affirmation that Beijingers prefer a relaxed, convivial atmosphere, as evidenced by the runaway success of eateries like the rustic Italian Mercante and the upmarket deli counter Modo Urban Deli. Joining the ranks this year and fab for fitting in a French fix is O’Steak Bistrot, the new arrival from the team behind casual Café de la Poste and Salud.
Situated in Xingfucun, this laid back bistro with charming terrace presents a menu that’s heavy on the home-style favourites, like zesty steak tartare and the open-face ‘guillotine’ sandwiches (try it topped with prosciutto), served up on wooden cutting boards. But the focus rests of course on the signature, locally-sourced steaks, hailed by the majority of French expats as ‘the best in town’, and offered in 4 sizes (small, regular, large, extra large) with diner’s choice of sauce – blue cheese, mustard, mushroom and pepper, and the local favourite béarnaise. Add a simple but sweet French wine menu, and you’ve got one restaurant filling the French void and winning the locals over.
55-57 Xingfucun Zhonglu / Sanlitun / +86 136 5128 5794 / lunch & dinner daily / facebook.com/osteakrestaurant