Nestled in the heart of Beijing’s entertainment district – Sanlitun, on the third floor of The Intercontinental hotel is a popular steakhouse – Char bar & grill. The interior is warm, cozy, and spacious yet modern, with panoramic views of the Sanlitun area. The steakhouse not only offers classic and premium cuts but also a brunch menu (also known as bee brunch) and a four-course set lunch menu. Most hotels offer brunch on the weekends, but brunch is offered on weekdays and weekends at the Intercontinental hotel.
RMB 268 net for 3 courses
RMB 298 net for 4 courses
Char 4 course lunch
I enjoyed it so much I dined at the restaurant for two consecutive days.
On the first day, I met up with an old friend I hadn’t seen in years. It was my friend that recommended this restaurant. My second visit was unplanned. I left my cardigan in the restaurant the day before, and I thought, since I have to go pick it up, why not bring a friend along for lunch.
We were given a little amuse-bouche to start – tuna salad on crackers, sundried tomato bread, and a complimentary cocktail (alcoholic or non-alcoholic).
Bee brunch 1
Pancake with Nutella, Orea, Caramelized Nuts, Honeycomb
Mozzarella, Pachino tomatoes, Rocket leaves, Lemon olive
Butter Chicken with Basmati rice
Lunch day 1
The iconic char salad
rocket leaves, sun-dried tomatoes, avocado, shaved pecorino, honey-infused balsamic dressing, grilled serrano ham
From the pot
Porcini mushrooms & Truffle soup
Herb Potatoes, Asparagus, Truffle dust
Australian grass-fed beef tenderloin M2+
Grilled cape grim 200 days grass-fed tenderloin, truffle croquet, green pepper glaze
Strawberries, blueberries, sponge, mascarpone cream, crumbles
*With any order of steaks, customers are given a selection of 6 steak knives accompanied by a tray of 8 salt options such as fleur de sal, Himalayan salt, and black salt.
Lunch day 2
White tomato consommé
Sweet peas, roman tomatoes, croutons, organic seedlings
Grilled cod fillet, lime, caviar, seaweed dust, truffle croquet
Duck and honey
Crispy duck breast, honeycomb, asparagus, truffle, applewood smoke, cassis glace
Mascarpone cream, espresso, dry sherry, sponge
Bee Brunch 2
Lyonner, Salami, Ham, Cheese, Pickles
Steak & Eggs
Argentinean beef tenderloin, sunny side up, waffle fries, hollandaise
All dishes were wonderfully presented and delicious. However, the Tiramisu was the highlight. It was rich, creamy, airy with a subtle sweetness and the right amount of bitterness from the coffee and cocoa powder -absolutely divine!
All in all, I must say I am impressed with the overall dining experience at Char bar & grill. The staff spoke English, and the service was attentive, with good quality food for a great price.
Char Bar & Grill
Telephone: +86 010-85160062
Opening hours: 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. , 5: 30 p.m. – 10:00 p. m.
Address: No. 1 South Sanlitun Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing