Beijing, China – Nuage, located in Beijing’s historic Shichahai area north of the Forbidden City, evokes the ambiance of French colonial Vietnam in a luxurious, romantic setting. The courtyard has been transformed into an oasis featuring mosaic-like tile flooring, a vaulted, pressed-tin ceiling, tropical plants and plush rattan furniture, all accented by the glow of candlelight. Diners enjoy a menu designed to showcase authentic Vietnamese dishes with a touch of French influence.
Nuage serves all the staple Vietnamese delicacies. Saigon sizzling beef quickly emerges as a favorite. The fried spring rolls (probably the best known Vietnamese appetizer among Westerners) do not disappoint and are crisp and tasty. The beef noodle soup is an admirable effort. A small serving of ginger chicken rice is a high note with its simple punches of gingery spice.
The original building where Nuage is housed is over 200 years old. During the Qing Dynasty it was home to a famous Shandong cuisine restaurant known as Qing Yun Lou. The original woodwork and lattices from this period still adorn the building. The restaurant’s rooftop patio offers an exclusive view of the Drum and Bell Towers. Of course, the view carries with it a 15 percent service charge.
Address: #22 Qianhai Lake, Houhai.
Nearest Subway Station: Gulou Dajie on Line 2
Telephone: (86) 6401-9581
Meal for Two: Around 400RMB