AM774 . Bruce in Beijing

Dining while surrounded by Beijing’s history

2015-09-15 21:50:05




Dining space at TRB Bites (Carine Chu)



Fine wine for dining (Randy Lee Svendsen)



Fishing in Palace Moat outside TRB 'Bites'



Ignace Lecleir with his team at TRB



Ignace Lecleir



 Sweet portions! (Randy Lee Svendsen)



 ‘TRB Bites’ opened recently directly opposite Donghuamen - the Forbidden City’s East Gate. Providing diners with a panoramic view of one of the World’s most outstanding historic structures the restaurant also aims to offer quality at affordable prices. It is the creation of Belgian restauranteur Ignace Lecleir - founder of both TRB (Temple Restaurant Beijing) and ‘Copper’ events space. While TRB is associated with fine dining Ignace wants ‘Bites’ to be accessible both to enthusiasts of excellent cuisine and also visitors coming to Beijing who are experiencing the many nearby attractions.

The restaurant space attracted many customers including David and Victoria Beckham in the days when it was ‘The Courtyard’ - but the Beckhams along with other celebrities visiting the Capital were also regulars at ‘TRB’ as Ignace explains.

Ignace has plans for his latest creation which will evolve through what he and his team see as customer demand.  It is important he feels to listen to the customers but also to have clear business strategies for ‘TRB Bites’.

The restaurant is on three floors - Ignace and Bruce are talking in a smaller top floor space which may have been the choice of the Beckhams simply for its stunning views.  Below is the larger ground floor dining area and a basement food and bar space looking directly out across the moat to the Forbidden City.

East from the restaurant’s upper floor are views of the traditional tiled roofs of Old Beijing courtyards. There is a great feeling of peace and tranquillity - the surrounding area has many attractive places for walking and exploring within one of the city’s premier historic locations. An evening having some tasty bites, a glass of fine wine and the panorama of magnificent Donghuamen will surely be unforgettable memories for both visitors to, as well as long term residents of Beijing.