CEOs’ restaurant recommendations in Beijing

From crispy Peking duck to foie gras – the city’s best tables for business

Chairman and founder of Terra Firma Capital Partners  Guy Hands
Chairman and founder of Terra Firma Capital Partners Guy Hands | Image: Sebastian Boettcher

Guy Hands, chairman and founder of Terra Firma Capital Partners “I meet representatives of state-owned enterprises in Beijing. There’s a restaurant I like called Da Dong where the Peking duck is delicious – and it’s often accompanied by a discussion about football.” Da Dong, 1-2/F Nanxincang International Plaza, 22a Dongsishitiao Dongcheng District, Beijing 100007 (+8610-5169 0329; dadongdadong.com).

The Shangri-La China World Hotel restaurant serves a buffet-style breakfast that’s ideal for breakfast meetings
The Shangri-La China World Hotel restaurant serves a buffet-style breakfast that’s ideal for breakfast meetings

Marty Burger, CEO of Silverstein Properties “I have lots of breakfast meetings in Asia; I’ll often book three back to back. I like the Shangri-La China World Hotel in Beijing, because the buffet-style breakfast makes it easy to fit several meetings into a short time. Lunches at the Jockey Club, on the other hand, are often accompanied by shots of baijiu, a strong spirit that tastes like tequila. Of course, when a colleague raises a glass to you, you must take the shot. I’ve had lunches that have included 20 shots, making the rest of the day something of a write-off.” Beijing Hong Kong Jockey Club, 68 Jinbao Street, Dongcheng, Beijing 10005 (+8610-5911 8888; beijingclubhouse.com). Shangri-La China World, 1 Jianguomenwai Avenue, Beijing 100004 (+8610-6505 2266; shangri-la.com).

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Linda Jackson, CEO of Citroën “Made in China is renowned for its Peking duck... and I don’t know what they put in the cucumber salad, but it is a must. The serving of the food is a real spectacle; the trolley arrives with a full duck and the waiter carves it very quickly with an enormous cleaver.” Made in China, Grand Hyatt, 1 East Chang An Avenue, Beijing 100738 (+8610-8518 1234; beijing.grand.hyatt.com).

The Made in China restaurant in the Grand Hyatt is renowned for its Peking duck
The Made in China restaurant in the Grand Hyatt is renowned for its Peking duck

Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard, former CEO of the Oettinger Davidoff Group “I had a memorable dinner in Beijing, at Nobu, where a significant agreement was reached over the amazing food, which included one little dumpling filled with foie gras.” Nobu, JW Marriott Beijing, 83 Jianguo Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100025 (+8610-5969 6988; noburestaurants.com).

Nobu, at the JW Marriott Beijing, serves up a little dumpling filled with foie gras
Nobu, at the JW Marriott Beijing, serves up a little dumpling filled with foie gras

Steven P Murphy, managing partner of Murphy & Partners art advisory “Duck de Chine serves speedy and excellent crispy Peking duck in a room that feels like a French brasserie. It’s great during busy sales weeks, when client entertaining has quite a different tone – often it’s about regular tables, and places where the staff knows what I like.” Duck de Chine, Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100000 (+8610-6501 8881).

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