I usually try to meet up with Mr. QLI whenever I'm in Beijing, and this time I relied once again on his knowledge of local restaurants for our dinner together. Having had Chinese food when we met for the last couple of times in Beijing, he decided it was time to introduce me to what he feels is the best "Western" restaurant in town at the moment.
Since Mr. QLI is a VVIP here, I left all the arrangements up to him... and we ended up having the kitchen set us up with their tasting menu.
Mr. QLI and I each brought a bottle to dinner, with me bringing a white to avoid bottle shock. But the staff very kindly treated us to a glass of bubbly first...
Devaux Grande Réserve - nice and ripe on the nose, with yeasty notes.