Logic would dictate that the best Chinese seafood would be found in Chinatown. Indeed, there are several excellent restaurants in that area. But top-notch Chinese seafood can also be found in Waikiki at Beijing.
Located on the third floor in the Diamond Head wind of the newly renovated Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, Beijing offers Hong Kong style seafood specialties in an upscale setting.
The elegantly appointed dining room and private party rooms are open for lunch and dinner daily, with dim sum available at lunchtime until 2:30pm. At dinner both a la carte and set menus are available. The set menus start at $35 per person. The Beijing C dinner is a seafood lover’s delight featuring shredded spiced jelly fish, fried stuffed crab claws, shark's fin soup with shredded chicken and golden mushroom, live Dungeness crab fried with roasted garlic, braised abalone with vegetables and bamboo fungus, fried fish fillets with sweet and sour sauce, seafood fried rice, and chilled tapioca in coconut milk, all for $65 per person.
For those who prefer to order a la carte, there is a wide array of choices featuring seafood and traditional Chinese favorites such as lemon chicken, sweet and sour spareribs, crispy fried duck and spicy tofu, just to name a few. Diners can also choose their own live lobsters, crab, fish and prawns straight from the salt water tanks and cooked in one of several classic Chinese styles.
On a recent visit I enjoyed an appetizer of pot stickers, followed by the pan-fried noodles with assorted seafood. The thin noodles were cooked to perfection and covered with a very generous serving of shrimp, scallops, squid and vegetables. Served with steamed jasmine rice, this is an ample amount for two. An ice-cold Chinese beer was the perfect compliment to the meal.
If the incredible food at Beijing were not incentive enough, the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center is currently offering 4 hours of complimentary parking for restaurant patrons. This allows for hassle-free access and the option to enjoy dinner along with shopping and a leisurely stroll along the beach.