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“Simply divine!”
Review of TRB Hutong

TRB Hutong
Ranked #2 of 12,718 Restaurants in Beijing
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$75
Cuisines: European
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Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Houhai
Description: TRB serves contemporary European cuisine and is committed to providing the highest levels of hospitality for our guests. In creating our dining space, the Australian architectural and design firm Hassell emphasized the clean, light filled and thoroughly modern lines of what was once a television factory producing the capital's first black and white TVs. The history of the TRB compound spans 600 years: it includes ancient halls of worship, factories constructed after the Communist takeover and slogans left over from the Cultural Revolution. Renovation began in 2008, focussed on preserving all the layers of history and keeping as much as possible of the original structures.
Brussels
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Simply divine!”
Reviewed 20 August 2014 via mobile

This restaurant put a smile of joy on on my face from start to finish... Everything about this place was special from the location, setting, service, food and wine. Temple rates very highly amongst the many Michelin restaurants I've eaten at and certainly more so for the experience. A mix of the best in Europe with a twist of China mystic. Manager Paul and his staff were superb and I look forward to the growth of this brand... Well done for creating this unique Beijing experience!

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Temple Restaura... B, Manager at TRB Hutong, responded to this review, 21 August 2014
Dear IHAIM,

We would like to thank you sincerely for leaving your generous comments about our restaurant and are glad to learn that you felt joy while enjoying your dining experience. We are very happy to hear that our staff’s assistance has contributed to your enjoyment. We shall pass on the message to them as I am sure will motivate them to keep up the good work.

We are looking forward to having the opportunity to welcome you back at TRB in the near future and assist you in creating more enjoyable nights with us.
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Perfect. Just Perfect...”
Reviewed 17 August 2014

Everything is great there -

Location: The surrounding area looks like the poorest neighborhood but this restaurant is located in an old temple is a gem.

Service: Amazing. There are more waiters than customers...

Food: Last time we were there a year ago it was good. This time it was amazing. I understand the chef was replaced.

This is the most special restaurant you can find in Beijing. Keep in mind it is expensive. We paid CNY2,700 for 4 people with a glass of wine and 4 beers. But it is worth it...

  • Visited August 2014
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1 Thank idophir
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Temple Restaura... B, Manager at TRB Hutong, responded to this review, 18 August 2014
Dear idophir,

We are truly happy to hear that you found your visit in our restaurant to be satisfactory. We highly value each customer’s opinion and your review is invaluable to us in improving our food quality and service.

Thank you for your review and for taking the time to express your experience. We hope to be able to provide you the same hospitality on your next visit at TRB.
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London, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Excellent food and great service”
Reviewed 15 August 2014

We went there to celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary and it ended up being one of the best dinners we've ever had, and we like or food and have been to many top restaurants.

Location:
The restaurant is located inside a temple that has been restaured. It is worth waking around to explore it and it even has a gallery with some paintings in one of the buildings.
The restaurant is located in back- alley so best to arrive by taxi, especially at night.

Food: the tasting menu is expensive but includes a lot of different dishes. We decided to go for the a la carte menu and ordered foie-gras rissotto (excellent) and scallops carpaccio (very good) as starters.
For the mains, we ordered the lamb, which was very nice and the sukling pig (fantastic!). We were also given a few complimentary dishes that were very tasty.

Wine: the wine list is superb. We like our wine and decided to go for a full bodied argentinian malbec, which was decanted in a beautiful decanter, served in very good glasses and at the right temperature.

Service: very good troughout the dinner. Special thanks to rick, our waiter and alicia (the french girl) for making this dinner one of the best we've ever had

Conclusion: this is a top restaurant in terms of food and service, in line with the best restaurants in New York or London. Yes, it is pricey (similar price to Ldn or NYC) but worth every penny.

  • Visited August 2014
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Temple Restaura... B, Manager at TRB Hutong, responded to this review, 18 August 2014
Dear maudes21,

We are truly happy to learn you have enjoyed an excellent evening celebrating your 3rd wedding anniversary in our restaurant. Your likings to our setting, food and wine list are certainly are most encouraging and cherished. We shall pass on the message to Rick and Alicia as I am sure it will motivate them to keep up the good work.

We are truly thankful for your review and recommendations and shall be awaiting your return in the near future.
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Beijing, China
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“wonderful environment and service, but food... not so impressive”
Reviewed 14 August 2014

I recent went there with some friends. We really loved the atmosphere and the service the staff provided. However, we were not big fans of the food. We ordered the lobster bisque for soup and grilled chicken for the main course. The chicken was cooked dry and plain.

Maybe we should give it another shot by order some of their classic dishes. but just wanted to warm future visitors that some of the dishes may not be that impressive!

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1 Thank Karen Xinyue Z
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Temple Restaura... B, Manager at TRB Hutong, responded to this review, 15 August 2014
Dear Karen Xinyue Z,

Thank for you choosing TRB with your friends. We are truly sorry to hear that you didn’t find your dining experience to be satisfactory. We highly value each customer’s opinion and your review is invaluable to us in improving our food quality and service.

Thank you once more for taking the time to express your experience. We hope we can still have the opportunity to welcome you and showcase our hospitality in the future.
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Munich
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“Must Do in Beijing!!”
Reviewed 11 August 2014 via mobile

Temple restaurant is a beautiful restaurant in an old temple - it's been converted into a restaurant - a really great place. We returned here for our two years anniversary dinner. It truly wonderful!!! They were so nice and generous to us. At the beginning, they brought us a glass of champagne (for free) as an aperitif and two pre-starters before our normal starter. We had mentioned that our wine wasn't cold enough, so they gave us each a glass of an open wine, just to try until our wine cooled. We found our fish a little bit cold and said that and then they took it away and brought us another glass of a special wine for free and an in between fish as a sorry for waiting. It was crazy! The waiters and hosts were so nice - we always chatted with them and they were very interested in their guests. The services was amazing. Then we ordered one dessert to share and they came with three desserts and one cake that read "Beijing will miss you", just because we had said that it's our last weekend here etc. We were so touched!! And they came with a camera and afterwards gave us a printed out version of the photo. So sweet! At the end, we wanted a taxi to drive home, but there was no taxi available, so they provided their restaurant car to take us home for the normal taxi price. And we only paid 120€ for everything!!! Really amazing. It was such a wonderful evening and one we will never forget. It couldn't have been better. We would like to thank TRB and especially Ricky for this beautiful experience which is definitely comparable with an evening at Hakasan or Burj al Arab.

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Temple Restaura... B, Manager at TRB Hutong, responded to this review, 12 August 2014
Dear IsabelEngel,

We would like to thank you for your review and your recommendations, we are delighted to learn that you have taken a liking in our restaurant. We were truly honored to be able to welcome you here at TRB on the occasion of your two years anniversary and to be able to assist you to celebrate this special occasion, thank you for giving us such wonderful opportunity.


We shall miss you and on behalf of the entire TRB team, we hope we shall have the great delight to welcome once more in the future.
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