Updated: 4th July 2012; This restaurant had closed according to Urbanspoon.com.
You are not gonna believe it when I tell you when we went to the Traditional Beijing Cuisine.
The Traditional Beijing Cuisine had just newly opened. It must be at most three months, most likely less than that. It is new and it has one of the most eye catching restaurant front for sure — especially at night when the LED lights on the window is turned on.
The Traditional Beijing Cuisine is located on Kingsway. Actually it is located just next door to the Luckynoodle Chinese Restaurant which I blogged about yesterday.
Believe it or not, some of us went to the Traditional Beijing Cuisine RIGHT AFTER the 13 course dinner we had in Luckynoodle. He he he … after the feast, some of us just walked over next door for more food. In the picture above, the entrance on the left is Luckynoodle and the one on the right is the Traditional Beijing Cuisine.
About 10 of the 21 who attended the dinner at Lucknoodle stayed. Don’t look at me funny, OK? I am just a follower … albeit a very willing follower.
The restaurant is kind of quiet.
Unlike Luckynoodles which was packed, this is quiet. Sorry to say this up front but the first thing that came to my mind when I walked in was the words “restaurant graveyard”.
As opposed to what we see outside the restaurant with all the LED lights and all, the inside is completely different.
Suanne and I was just hanging around the die-hard foodies. So we left all the ordering to them.
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If you can recognize the two set of hands, they are the ring leaders. I had eaten out with them many times before and let me warn you they are huge eaters.
How huge? Well, one of them went to Romer’s Burger Bar two hours before coming to the Luckynoodle feast of 13 dishes … and after that we are here for more food. LOL!
And despite all the eating they are not at all fat. I really wonder how they do it.
In the picture above, they were complaining how hard it is to take pictures of skewers. They love skewers … and don’t they work well as a team?
Actually I was kind of shocked how much food they ordered again.
TWELVE different dishes! OMG!
Luckily, Traditional Beijing Cuisine serves popular Beijing street food … so their servings is a TAD smaller.
The Fried Shredded Meat with Garlic Shoots above is $9. The garlic shoot tasted sweet.
The picture of this dish they have outside the restaurant looked a million times better. The one they served looked different. This is simply called the Flavour Pork Skin Jelly. I did not like it — too salty … or maybe I should say too flavorful. In it are tofu, carrot and beans.
Of course we got a number of skewers. We had the lamb ($1.20, chewy, salty) but the one that takes the prize is the one above.
Know what that is?
It is … Grilled Chicken Skin on skewers! It actually tasted very good and is 99 cents.
First time in my life I saw something like this. They call this the Blueberry and Chinese Yam. It is cold and slippery. It is also rather expensive ($7).
The Noodles in Black Bean Sauce is $7. It came in parts and you are to assemble the noodles yourself …
… and mix them yourself. Normally, other restaurants will take the easy way out and put everything into the bowl and let you do the mixing.
Nothing really special taste-wise. I had tasted far better ones.
This is something new to me too. It is called the Beijing Crisp Dip in Vinegar. It is unique but otherwise, it is pretty tasteless. I don’t really see the point to this dish.
The Grilled Eggplant is just eggplant that is grilled. Nothing special too. $1.70 each. Wow!
The Grilled Cakes ($1.09) from the outside looked like something that I would like …
… but it is filled with taro and is super dry. It is so dry that it sucks every drop of saliva and moisture out of my tongue.
The Grilled Steamed Bread Slices (99 cents) are just grilled mantao. It taste like garlic toasts.
Maybe I don’t get Beijing street food or maybe this restaurant did not do a good job with the food. Overall, I could hardly find one thing I would order again here. Maybe the chicken skin skewers and the garlic shoot dish … other than that, it did not do much for me.
I thought that $70 was kind of steep for the food we had.
After this meal, one would have thought that enough is enough.
I mean after burgers in Romers … and then a 13 courses feast at Luckynoodle … and 10 more dishes here … one would have thought this is already too much food.
But no … the folks went to a Bubble Tea House a few doors away and continue eating.
Suanne and I surrendered … we had enough. LOL!