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During the 2021 Michelin Guide Beijing ceremony, JING restaurant from The Peninsula Beijing gained its first Michelin Star, while Chef Julien Cadiou won the 2021 Michelin Beijing Young Chef Award.
Chef de Cuisine Julien Cadiou, wearing the DREAM jacket from Clement Design. Source: Jing Restaurant.
About the Chef
Born in France, Chef Julien’s impressive career has seen him refine his culinary craft at celebrated Michelin-starred restaurants across Paris, where he gained invaluable mentorship working with celebrity chefs Alain Ducasse and Kei Kobayashi. He joined Jing in July 2017 where his beautifully presented modern creations are paired with fine wines from around the world plus rare Krug Champagnes to create memorable culinary impressions throughout the changing seasons.
For this article, we navigate what would be a perfect day in Beijing, with Chef Julien Cadiou.
10:00AM | Favorite Brunch
The Rug in Sanlitun. You go there for the Egg Benedict with the Confit oxtail, wash it down with a gin & tonic and there’s no better way to start Sunday right. You stay for the relaxed atmosphere, which ironically in such a downtown neighborhood, has the ambiance of a convivial small village. And then on your way out, you can stop at Tiens Tiens, a pastry/bakery which offers the best Kouign Amann (French pastry from Brittany) in Beijing.
12:30PM | Favorite Lunch
The JING team has been working very hard in the last year towards their new menu, and I’m very proud of what our team accomplishes (the new Michelin One Star Restaurant) so I’ll recommend Jing. We have a great business lunch (2-course menu for 248 RMB pp or 3-course Menu for 288 RMB pp) that is a perfect introduction of our dinner menu. I think the reason it stands out is because we’re offering the same ingredients and dishes quality from our dinner menu.
2:00PM | Favorite Chinese Dish
I would say dumplings, especially Xiao Long Bao. As a favorite of mine, I’ve added my own interpretation on my menu, It’s a duck Foie Gras dumpling, served with a truffle, onion and homemade Iberico ham ragout, topped with roasted duck juice. The definition of a decadent dumpling, an explosion of flavours.
9:00PM | Favorite place to start the night
The Merchants. This wonderful wine bar is the perfect way to start your night. Not only they have a great selection of wine, mostly natural, but they also have a fun tapas style menu to pair with their wine selection.
11:00PM | Favorite place to have a night out
Nali Patio will always remain a classic, it’s also the first place I went out when I first arrived in Beijing so it holds a special place. What they’ve done with the space is great, it reminds me a lot of Barcelona with this Spanish architecture and lively vibe. There’s always a fun ambiance on the weekend night, with my two favorite places being Black Moth and Schrodinger Box.
How to best describe Jing according to its Executive Chef
I believe we are one of the only French restaurant in Beijing, with such an important French team and that translates into our service style, led by the restaurant manager, Martin Vanackere. We are thriving in offering an overall experience, so serving fine-dining food but in a casual yet professional atmosphere. I could say that our amount of returning guests speaks for itself.
Note from the author: In a typical French manner, the chef loves to take the time to walk around the dining room after the peak of service, check up on the guests, and if you go for the later service you might have the chance to have a last drink at the bar with Executive Chef Julien and restaurant manager Martin.
Introduction of JING, The Peninsula Beijing
Acclaimed by guests and gourmands alike, Jing at The Peninsula Beijing is one of Beijing’s hottest dining destinations. Honoured with The Michelin One Star, Jing is a unique dining venue celebrating contemporary French cuisine with subtle Asian influences by popular Chef de Cuisine Julien Cadiou paired with fine global wines and rare Krug Champagnes vintages in a stylish venue evoking evoking a mystical Chinese garden.