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Brian McKenna @ The Courtyard

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95 Donghuamen Dajie,Dongcheng District, Beijing, China
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+86 10 6526 8883
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Beijing, China
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2015

I tried to make reservation for two friends since days by calling 010-65268883 again and again, but no one ever picks up the phone either in the morning or in the afternoon!! I wonder don't you accept reservation at all?!

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Beverly Hills, California
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2015

This restaurant is on the moat overlooking the Forbidden City. I have been going there for 10 years and while the location is still so lovely and sophistocated, the food continues to be amazing!! We had the chef's tasting menu and the food not only was just beyond ambrosia, but the presentation just was beyond anything I have seen recently.... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2015

Attempted to make a booking here approximately 6 months in advance and did not receive a response from the restaurant to my enquiry. Just as I was about to follow up I did receive a reply, however upon opening the email I had received a rude and offensive response to my request. Would have never expected a restaurant to respond... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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333 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2015 via mobile

The Forbidden City is the view of this restaurant. Very fancy place this restaurant of the Australian chef has a high quality service and delicious food. I am allergic and normally I suffer a lot when traveling to exotic places. I felt like home since the waiters and the manager really made me feel extremely safe and comfortable. I really... More 

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1 Thank CrisBorges11
Beijing, China
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2015

I went here during the Dinecity week when they had a special lunch set menu. Unfortunately, none of the Ala carte menu were available so all five of us had to order the set menu. No choice. We asked fir wine pairing and the manager was not sure which ones were available. When we asked what was paired with the... More 

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Beijing
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39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2015

I've been here twice and the views of the Forbidden City are spectacular. Great place to impress a date. The downsides are that the portions are TINY. I ordered a beef entree as part of a set course meal. The beef was about the size of three postal stamps and very thin. It was tasty though. Luckily they do give... More 

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Beijing, China
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2015 via mobile

It is a well known place since decade, much earlier than the little Chinese film was shoot or Mckanne settled down there. Why? because of the location, the only restaurant as close as to the Forbidden Ciry, with views of the moat and the Dong Hua Gate (Donghuamen, the eastern gate of the Forbidden City. ) Okay, come back to... More 

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Thank Jeffrey Z
Hong Kong, China
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55 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2015 via mobile

Very special setting in this historical location. We first started drinks on the rooftop which is very nice, especially the weather is not too hot. For dinner, all the dishes were above average to my surprise as I had been thinking that it only got the decor and the location. The tuna tartar starter was refreshing. The main we had... More 

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CH
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77 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2015

Due to the fact that the restaurant had an event the same evening we went we had to take our meal in the bar. That was ok eventhough they should have informed us on beforehand as we booked well ahead. The restaurant is really pricey but you get food you find nowhere - especially the food is beautiful. It is... More 

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Thank birgi
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2015

For those expats who have been living in Beijing for a while now it is very difficult to find a restaurant that will challenge your taste and imagination. Brian Mckenna’s ability to combine creativity both in the flavors and on the plate will make you smile with every bite you take not only because of the celebration in your mouth,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$3 - US$15
Cuisine
International
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Seating
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 95 Donghuamen Dajie,Dongcheng District, Beijing, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Beijing
  • Phone Number: +86 10 6526 8883
Description
Chef - owner Brian offers an extra-ordinary dining experience, and will offer guests a showcase of gastronomic excellence set against the backdrop of the Forbidden City. Each dish is an experience to be savored, pondered, and sometimes puzzled over.

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