Tue, August 05, 2008

La Marée

2008-08-05 07:53:07 GMT2008-08-05 15:53:07 (Beijing Time) City Weekend

La Marée, located in the Millesimes Wine Club, boasts a wide selection of high quality seafood, including oysters, lobster, clams and more, prepared by their top French seafood chef. It provides a great romantic and comfortable dining atmosphere to taste the best of traditional French cuisine and splendid wine.

Seafood and wine connoisseurs should be ecstatic that La Marée, whose name means “the tide,” has washed up on the banks of the CBD. The restaurant is decorated in nautical colors, and the maritime theme is completed with seashells and fish tanks. Encouraged by both the décor and the exceptionally good waitstaff, we went straight for the seafood, starting with the “five flavors of the sea” platter (RMB88), which includes crab, scallop, salmon, macarel and tuna. The portions of each are small, but we were completely satisfied with every blissful morsel. We also tried the roast king prawn (RMB178), the largest shrimp we’ve ever seen, artistically decorated with paper thin fruit and vegetable chips and served with a fantastic celery root purée. We followed our seafood feast with an incredibly rich green pea and roquette cream soup with parmesan (RMB55), a gourmet French recipe that had us savoring a vegetable soup like we’d never done before, and finished with the hazelnut crème brûlée (RMB38) and the “pear tart” (RMB45), a delicate combination of pear, crispy pastry, ice cream and a truly delicious cinnamon cream. Our meal was complemented by the Preiss Henny Reisling (RMB328/bottle), just one of the many French wines imported exclusively by Les Millesimes, home to both La Marée and adjacent fusion restaurant Meli Melo. La Marée and its French chef have made a serious splash on Beijing’s fine dining scene, and it’s well worth shelling out to treat yourself to one of their mouthwatering meals.

CBD International Mansion, NO.16, Yong An li, Jianwai Street,

CBD/Guomao

建外大街永安里CBD国际大厦年度葡萄酒俱乐部

8521-9580

Open 11:00-14:30, 18:00-22:30

Price More than Y400 per couple

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