Wine Talk

 

Introduction

Wine Talk is really one of the hidden gems of Beijing. From its quiet and responsive service and well-executed food to its lush welcoming environment, a meal at Wine Talk is truly a treat! If you don’t live near Caochangdi, the trip getting there can seem a long one. So when you fancy an outing to the district’s galleries, you can make a day of it by popping into Wine Talk. This mammoth-sized restaurant has been squatting on Caochangdi’s outskirts for over four years now, but at the risk of sounding like Michael Caine, 'not a lot of people know that.' Since it gets relatively few visitors, its spacious surrounds – including a large, impeccably manicured lawn and decking with tables, chairs and sunshades set against an ivy-clad wall – are the perfect spot for a summer nightcap. When Time Out visited, the waitresses took a bit of persuading to let us sit outside – apparently, the ‘dogs’ might disturb us – but eventually we were allowed to see the sun set in the open air, and the only canines that we spot were inoffensive little fluff balls frolicking with their owner in close attendance. The whole effect makes us feel like we’re drinking in Europe. The French-inspired food here is expensive, but the wine list is extensive, with bottles starting from 98 RMB. Reds are particularly well represented, but we opt instead for a Chilean chardonnay and are pleased when it arrives well chilled and served in a wine bucket. Ambience: Large lush property dominated by a wide green lawn. Interior is brick with ivy accents, white table cloths and classic table settings.

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