Beijing Restaurant Review: Merci

By Holly Baer, June 5, 2019

0 0

When TRB opens a new restaurant, we’ve got to try it. This one had us hiking to Chaoyang Joy City, all the way to the fifth and sixth floors (yeah, the restaurant is two stories). 

When we hear that it’s an open air, two-level French cafe, we’re delighted by the idea of blue skies and feeling the breeze on our skin. Given its location inside a mall, the imagery falls a bit flat, but Merci worked with what they had when it came to the open concept. 

The decor itself is blue and gold from spoons to archways. Beyond the oft-cliché color palette, it's clear we're stepping into a French restaurant (or a Parisian-themed birthday party). But the food? Pardon our French, but it’s damn good. Every doubt and question we have about the location and decor melt away like bone marrow in our mouths. Other than a simple pumpkin soup (RMB28), everything we taste is delicious. 


We especially recommend the bone marrow and snails (RMB98), pate on toast (RMB32) and garlic prawns (prices vary). For our main course, we choose the mixed meat platter (RMB238), a wooden plate filled with lamb chops, chicken, pork and sausage, as well as vegetables, asparagus, corn, red onion and tomatoes. The meat lives up to expectations: melt-in-your-mouth tenderness served with delicate sauces.


The real MVP in our book is a star side: potatoes with short-ribs and parmesan cheese (RMB38). Every bite is creamy and delicious and the first spoonful is verifiably food porn – cheese and potato stringing along from the bowl to our mouths. 

Merci also offers casual options if that’s more your style. The menu is brimming with burgers, sliders, pastas and risottos. It even has two whole pages dedicated to its fry offerings— spoiler alert, they offer regular and sweet potato (RMB58). 


Though the decor (and the French maid outfits donned by the waitresses) feels a bit kitsch, we’re sure that the incredible food alone will keep patrons coming back time and time again, with French techniques and rich flavors singing throughout each dazzling dish. Is this fine dining or a post-shopping bite to eat before heading home? We’re not sure, but one thing is certain: We’d go back for those short-rib potatoes alone.

[Images via Merci/TRB]

See a listing for Merci and read more Beijing Bar & Restaurant Reviews

more news

Beijing Restaurant Review: Malabocca

Malabocca’s focus is classic malatang, just like the ones you can find in any given shopping mall in the city, but with attempts to refine the formula a bit.

Beijing Restaurant Review: Gou Gou Guo

Gou Gou Guo is a welcomed and affordable addition to the already hoppin’ Xingfucun neighborhood.

Beijing Restaurant Review: Shyno

The atmosphere at Shyno is sharp and clean, almost sterile, reminiscent of many hip Tokyo eateries.

Beijing Restaurant Review: Ling Long

No a la carte orders here: Ling Long only offers five, six or seven courses, complete with wine pairings.

Beijing Restaurant Review: Turkish Feast

The atmosphere in Turkish Feast is unique and lovely, the food equally so, and with just enough kitsch to help it stand out in Beijing’s crowded culinary scene.

Beijing Restaurant Review: Burger Box

Courtesy of the Mosto Group, Nali Patio’s latest offering is Burger Box, a tiny chic burger joint.

Beijing Restaurant Review: Beer Boom

Delivering a cultivated selection of beers, burgers, pizza and wings, new burger joint Beer Boom wants to shake up things in Gongti.

Beijing Restaurant Review: Cue

This new spot wears many hats, but it wears them all quite well.

0 User Comments

In Case You Missed It…

We're on WeChat!

Scan our QR Code at right or follow us at ThatsBeijing for events, guides, giveaways and much more!

7 Days in Beijing With

Weekly updates to your email inbox every Wednesday


Download previous issues

Never miss an issue of That's Beijing!

Visit the archives