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“What is the interest of booking a table if the result is to wait 45 minutes?” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of TRB Hutong

TRB Hutong
Ranked #1 of 12,602 Restaurants in Beijing
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$29 - US$73
Cuisines: French, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Beijing, China
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“What is the interest of booking a table if the result is to wait 45 minutes?”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2014

We went yesterday for our wedding anniversary, we booked a table for 8:30 pm and arrived at 8:45pm. But we got our table at 9:30pm. Even if champagne was offered to us to wait, it seems to us that in such restaurant where the standing is so high in terms of food, wine and service quality it is unacceptable to wait so long. A choice needs to be made by TRB management between maximizing the number of guests in one night or maintain the excellence of the service we experienced in the past. Despite that we had a great evening and this is definitively a place to go if you want an upper class restaurant in Beijing. The summer menu with wine is tremendous, the service at the table is excellent. We will definitely come back!

  • Visited August 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Alexis L
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Temple Restaura... B, Manager at TRB Hutong, responded to this review, 31 August 2014
Dear Alexis L,

We are really happy to hear that you have enjoyed your wedding anniversary in our restaurant. Please accept our deepest apologies regarding the delay of your reservation, as we highly value each customer’s opinion and your review is invaluable to us in improving our food quality and service.

On the behalf of the TRB team, we would truly be happy to host you once more in the near future.
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  • Czech first
  • Danish first
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
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  • Indonesian first
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new norcia Australia
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101 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“A superb evening!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2014

Our hotel concierge recommended this restaurant (which we checked out on TA first) and thoughtfully came with us to help us find it. Of course we got lost walking through the maze of the Hutongs. We eventually entered the old temple before we entered the very modern restaurant. What a retreat from the busy frantic Beijing! A classy modern restaurant that could have been anywhere in the world. We were offered complimentary sparkling wine and nuts while we waited for our 830 reservation. We probably waited 45minutes for a better table to become available. From seating, the staff moved in and decanted the bottle of red wine we bought with us while we ordered another of white (thus avoiding a hefty corkage charge 350 RMB). Nibbles arrived - delicious and one of the most amazing bread baskets we have ever seen. Water as ordered and then a complimentary amuse bouche arrived ( lobster soup) we ordered a main course each Salmon 190rmb and lobster 290rmb lamb 260rmb and steak. A complimentary entree (raw ?salmon) arrived before the mains. Service was impeccable from our French capable waiter, Laurent. All meals were of a good size, not huge but adequate and delicious. Cheese was ordered from an impressive cheese trolley and a complimentary dessert trolley with beautiful small delicacies arrived to tempt us. An expresso finished off the evening. At 2000rmb for 4 we thought it was worth every cent. A taxi was ordered at the door for us to return us to our hotel, complete with complimentary jam! Our best meal and memory of Beijing. Thank you all at Temple Restaurant.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank glentromie
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Temple Restaura... B, Manager at TRB Hutong, responded to this review, 24 August 2014
Dear glentromie,

Thank you sincerely for letting us know that you have enjoyed your experience here at our restaurant, your words are certainly most encouraging. We shall certainly pass on your kind compliments to Laurent as I am sure it will be most encouraging for him to hear, thus motivating him to continue to keep up his good work.

Thank you once more for your review and recommendations, we hope you are enjoying your jam and are preparing you another pot for your next visit in the near future.
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Brussels
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60 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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“Simply divine!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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1 Thank IHAIM
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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Perfect. Just Perfect...”
5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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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
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“Excellent food and great service”
5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank maudes21
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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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