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).
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).
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).
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).
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).