One of the best things I got to do in Beijing recently was hang out with my buddy D from school. Needless to say, especially for those who know me, that's quite a while ago. And even more precious, D changed her flights to get home a day later so it turns out to be a great time together, even after all these years..
Given her line of work, we had every excuse to sit on the 80th level of the new China World Summit Wing and enjoy a glass of Rose, Moet of course. With rumbling stomachs, reminiscing wasn't enough so...
We took a while to convince our server to get us a snacks and bites menu, which I think they finally took from the neighboring wine bar. Apparently, the lounge had their own menu but we didn't think that scones and cakes went with the alcohol..
The order of deep fried salmon skin was a decent start. The size of each piece, aside from convincing you that the skin is from a big fish like the salmon, was thin and crisp although the chef could have drained it a little better since there were oil droplets at the bottom of the bowl, making those parts less than crispy. The tangy and laced-up ketchup was a nice break to the grease but not enough to make this go the distance.
We much preferred the Jamon Iberico ham with melon. The twist to the usual is the slightly dehydrated and preserved melons sprinkled with olive bits to make it slightly savory but not overly so to detract from the natural sweetness of the melon. Our only complaint was that there wasn't enough ham to go round - thin and long but definitely not long enough to make up the lack of girth.
A nice new place to hang and look out into Beijing city from a bird's eye view. A clear day would have been a bigger bonus although one cannot complain by Beijing standards. Just don't expect blue skies and white cloud all the time.
No.1 Jianguomenwai Avenue
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