Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Beijing Restaurant Saveurs

Saveurs RestaurantSaveurs de Coree

Located two-thirds of the way down Nanluoguxiang (from the Dianmen Dondgajie end), Saveurs de Coree, which opened nearly two years ago, is the alleyway’s first and so far only Korean restaurant. This stylish and sophisticated bistro has built up quite a reputation amongst Beijing’s Korean food lovers, offering authentic and nutritious Korean dishes in a contemporary setting. The owner, Kingtai, spent some years in England, and speaks fluent English, French, Mandarin, and Korea.

Saveurs de Coree is probably the classiest dining experience along Nanluoguxiang, with a light menu that’s heavy on subtle flavors. Most of the food is also very healthy - Kingtai points out that none of the restaurant’s dishes use MSG, and they’ve also deliberately reduced the salt, sugar and oil content. There are also a range of options for vegetarians.

Popular Saveurs de Coree dishes include the kimchi hobak (spick Korean kimchi in a sweet pumpkin boat – 38 RMB), the fantastic bulgogi (beef marinated in pear juice for a couple of days - 68 RMB), and the light-as-air dooboo boochim (crispy fried tofu with onion sauce - 18 RMB). The latter is very popular with vegetarians. Apart from the a la carte menu there are also some reasonably priced set menus from 38 RMB (four courses) to 78 RMB (six courses).

Like the Luogu Fusion restaurant, one of Saveurs de Coree’s highlights is its rooftop terrace, where diners (and drinkers) can soak up the hutong atmosphere in the afternoon or evening over iced cinnamon tea or a bottle of ginseng-flavored baekseju. The restaurant gets busy on Fridays and at the weekend so reservations are recommended - most of the staff speak at least a little English.

Address: 29 Nanluoguxiang
Tel: 6401 6083
Hours: 11am – 11pm
Price: 200 - 300 RMB (2 people)
www.saveursdecoree.com.cn

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