Wine bar Enoterra is tucked into a corner next to Agua on the fourth floor of Nali Patio. Come here for the wine, but don’t rule out the food: a simple menu of dishes made to share and designed to pair with the wines. Impressing the appetite first is the spicy clam casserole (35 RMB) steamed lightly with jalapenos; tender, buttery and juicy, speckled with red chilies. The broth at the bottom of the bowl makes for great mopping with bread. The croque monsieur (62 RMB), France’s answer to a ham and cheese sandwich, arrives hot and cheesy, topped with prosciutto over two toasty slices of rye bread.
The chunky chopped salad (48 RMB) doesn’t follow any definition of a chopped salad. It’s a bowl of leafy greens mingled with cubed ham, mozzarella, quail egg and celery, dressed with too much sweet vinegar and almost no oil. The wax cubes of mozzarella lurking within are the kind for melting on pizza and not the kind you want in your salad. Rich and creamy, veggies crème brulée (38 RMB) is like a quiche with asparagus, mushrooms and tomato. It has no crust and trades the traditional burnt sugar topping for a chewy parmesan cheese layer on top. Served generously in three small bowls, the dish is just perfect for sharing.
Peas and mint soup (40 RMB) wasn’t worth the wait, tasted heavy on the mint and had a limp, pale color that didn’t match our expectations of a warm soup on a cold Beijing evening. The soft flourless chocolate cake (40 RMB) tenders a happy finish to a modest meal. Although the dishes are encouraged to share, ordering a portion per person won’t disappoint anyone at the table.
Enoterra offers a handful of evening specials for wine lovers to enjoy both vino and food alike. Suitable for casual dates or conversation, the ambiance and the food portions facilitate both comfortably.
Address: Fourth floor, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District 朝阳区三里屯北街81号那里花园四层(See the Map)
Business Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. (Monday to Friday)
10:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. (Saturday and Sunday)