Green T. House, Beijing
Strikingly creative (or overly precious, depending on your point of view), Green T. House aims to provide a complete aesthetic experience (“stunning to the senses, soothing to the soul”). The brainchild of local musician-artist JinR, the restaurant makes a dramatic visual statement: soaring ceilings and stark, all-white walls are offset by dark-wood, high-backed banquettes, mirrored tables, and abstract sculptures. The cuisine (also created by JinR, who lists “master chef” among her other myriad talents) is high-concept, beautiful to look at, and fancifully named: seasonally changing dishes might include “In the Mood for Fantasy Black Sesame Veal,” or “Caviar Sashimi with Unimaginable Sauce” (if they’re available, try the delicate steamed fennel dumplings). As the name implies, many of the recipes incorporate green tea—there’s tea-roasted rice with enoki mushrooms, nuts, and dates, and also a knockout green-tea ice cream. A wide array of brewed teas complements your meal; you can even ask for pairing suggestions.
Tip: The clubby Pavillion bar, just across the street, is a perfect spot for after-dinner drinks—especially if you want to mingle with the expat crowd.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.