It’s noon and you found justification for avoiding a lonely hour with a lunch box or sandwich at your desk Here are a few options around our fair city. (Also see some weekly food deals here and lunch options here.)
♥ TRB Bites | Lunch starts at 元158 for three courses. Choose any of dozens of options — want three desserts? No problem! — while enjoying superb service, views of The Forbidden City and a typically a treat here or there. Monday to Friday, 11:30 AM throughout the day. Sibling restaurant Temple Restaurant Beijing also offers an excellent lunch experience.
♥ Migas | A food fan favorite given menus that ooze creativity and change weekly. It’s 元95 for an appetizer, main and dessert (three choices each), plus 元25 for a glass of wine. Nali Patio, Monday to Friday, 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM. Sample menu here.
♥ Niajo | Get an appetizer (three options) and main (three options) for 元78, add optional wine and/or dessert (two options) for 元22 each, and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. A new menu weekly. Nali Patio, Monday to Friday, 11:30 AM-3:30 PM. Sample menu here.
Bitapitta | Set lunches from 元55 to 元70. The ‘Middle East Experience’ gets you soup or taboulah, ten ‘mezze’ dishes and a soft drink for 元65 while the pitta sandwich set with drink is 元55. Monday to Friday, 11 AM to 2:30 PM. Menu here.
Union Bar & Grille | Starter (three options) and main (six options) for 元70. With dessert (two options) it’s 元85. Best bet? Daily soup, herb-roasted chicken and creme brulee. Add 元10 for tea or soda, 元20 for coffee. Swire (Taikooli) Village South, Monday to Friday (except holidays), 11:30 AM to 2 PM.
Gung Ho | All-you-can-eat pizza and salad, plus soft drinks, for 元59. Kids eat for 元29. Sanlitun and Lido shops. Daily, 11:30 PM to 2 PM
Tim’s Texas Bar-B-Q | A dozen lunch options, from 元33 to 元62, including small brisket plates, Reuben sandwiches and burritos. 11:30 AM to 2 PM.
Latina | Buffet with a good range of salads, hot dishes and dessert options for 元98. Upgrade to 元128 for more than a dozen BBQ meats and to 元198 to further add seafood. Grand Summit, Monday to Friday, 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM.
Bottega | Get a starter and main — six options each — for 元88. Add a dessert (元20) and a glass of wine (元30).
Mosto | Choose an appetizer and main — eight options each — for 元95, then add a dessert for 元15. Monday to Friday, 11:30 to 2:30 PM
Pinotage | I haven’t visited for a while but can’t resist including the only set lunch with an ostrich burger option. It’s 元75 for a starter and a main like risotto, sea bass or that burger. Add 元15 for dessert.
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