Yi House

Visiting Yi House was definitely the most serious purpose of this Beijing Restaurant Week 2014. I’ve been wanting to go for…ages, since I first moved here in 2010. But for some strange reasons, I never made it. Everything about Yi House was attractive to me: the location inside Grace, a colourful art hotel in the gallery zone 798 and the mediterranean cuisine with a twist.

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This is why, when my friend Lars asked me if I had any recommendation for a place we should pay a visit to taking advantage of the Restaurant Week deals, I had no hesitation. We made a reservation and… I couldn’t believe I was actually there!

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The environment of this restaurant is so special: light blue walls & white ceiling, monochrome pictures, lime-green chairs, black wooden floor and a lot of sunlight.

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Also, hanged on a wall towards the end of the dining room, around 20 small mirrors, reflecting the light entering from the big windows (and myself, in the case of the picture here below).

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The blackboard here below summarizes their normal lunch formula, which includes a starter, a main and a dessert. And water, if you don’t go for San Pellegrino or Acqua Panna.

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But for the Restaurant Week they prepared a different menu, with different options.

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Now, as you know if you read here, I don’t eat different proteins in the same meal. This is why I asked for a completely vegetarian starter, and they told me with a smile that there was no problem, and then brought me a huge breakfast cup with organic salad. It also came with olive oil and balsamic vinegar to dress it. Nice.

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As a main, I ordered the fish and seafood stew, and I must say it was divine, creamy and tasty.

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I skipped dessert, but I was really curious about this ‘mango paella’ that reminded me so much about the happy days in Thailand I spent with Reyan eating mango sticky rice late at night (read about my foodie experiences in Bangkok here).

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I just had my usual caffein fix (and loved the chessboard-effect they recreated with the sugar cubes)!

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It was a lovely time I spent with Giorgio, Lars, Tong and her newly-husband NC eating delicious food and enjoying one of the very first days of spring. But I want to go back for more: I heard that they have a lovely weekend brunch that I can’t wait to try. I promise I’ll keep you posted!

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Sempre nell’ambito della Beijing Restaurant Week, sono stata a pranzo da Yi House, un posticino molto trendy all’interno dell’ art hotel Grace. Mi piace tutto di questo posto: l’interior design dai colori pastello, la scelta di fotografie in bianco e nero, la luce che entra dalle grandi finestre. E, ovviamente, il cibo! Ho mangiato insalata biologica e un cacciucco delizioso e profumato. Ma decisamente la mia storia con questo ristorantino non finisce qui: ho sentito dire che nel weekend hanno un brunch fantastico e non vedo l’ora di provarlo!

 

For the lunch at Yi House I was delighted to wear:

Camel coat: Max Mara

Cachemire shawl: Woo

Bag: Furla

Black dress: Max Mara

Flats: Prada

Earrings: Hermes

Silver ring: Furla

Sunglasses: Prada

 

Pictures were taken with my white Sony NEX-5T.

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