[Beijing] The capital city of China has announced its inaugural Michelin star guide, but not without its fair share of controversy.

Xin Rong Ji 新荣记 which specialises in Taizhou cuisine using seafood and fish from East China Sea, is awarded the only 3-Michelin stars. Interesting, its Shanghai outpost has 2 stars, and Hong Kong’s branch 1 star.

A couple of Peking Duck specialty restaurants have received 1 star, including Sheng Yong Xing 晟永兴 (Chaoyang), Da Dong大董 (Gongtixilu) and Da Dong 大董 (Dongsishitiao). Jing Yaa Tang 京雅堂 at The Opposite House which serves up pretty-good Peking Duck as well, is listed.

A surprise exclusion was TRB Temple Restaurant Beijing which was crowned “Best Fine Dining Restaurant in the world” by TripAdvisor in its annual Travelers’ Choice Awards for Restaurants. I thought it would have been a shoo-in as well.

While there are a couple of old-school Beijing restaurants that made the cut, there are many other notable exclusions. Only 15 Bib Gourmand places in a big city like Beijing?

3 Michelin stars: Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey
Xin Rong Ji (Xinyuan South Road) 新荣记 (新源南路)

2 Michelin stars: Excellent cooking, worth a detour
King’s Joy 京兆尹
Wulixiang Shanghai Cuisine 屋里厢

1 Michelin Star: A very good restaurant in its category
Cai Yi Xuan 采逸轩
Cui Hua Lou 萃华楼
Da Dong (Gongti East Road) 大董 (工体东路)
Da Dong (Dongsi Shitiao) 大董 (东四十条).
Family Li Imperial Cuisine (Xisheng) 厉家菜 (西城)
Fu Chun Ju 富春居
Huaiyang Fu 淮扬府
Il Ristorante – Niko Romito
In Love (Gongti East Road) 湘爱 (工体东路)
Jing Yaa Tang 京雅堂
Lao Ji Tang 老吉堂
Lei Garden (Jinbao Tower) 丽苑 (金宝大厦)
Poetry.Wine 拾久
Seventh Son 家全七福
Sheng Yong Xing 晟永兴 (朝阳)
The Beijing Kitchen 北京厨房
The Georg
Xin Rong Ji (Jianguomenwai Dajie) 新荣记 (建国门外大街)
Xin Rong Ji (Jinrong Dajie) 新荣记 (金融大街)

Bib Gourmand selection
Baodu Jinshenglong 爆肚金生隆 (Beijing-style boiled tripe)
Baoyuan 宝源 (dumplings)
Beixinqiao Luzhu 北新桥卤煮 (pork offal stew)
Gong De Lin 功德林 (vegetarian)
Jing Yi 静一 (Hubei cuisine)
Keaami (Thai cuisine)
Chaishi Fengwei Zhai 柴氏风味斋(海淀)(beef noodle soup)
Liu Quan Ju 柳泉居 (Shandong cuisine)
69 Fangzhuanchang Zhajiang Noodles 方砖厂69号炸酱面 (Beijing-style zhajiang noodles)
Rong Cuisine 荣小馆(百子湾南二路)(Zhejiang cuisine)
The Red Chamber 红馆 (Peking Duck)
Tianchumiaoxiang Vegetarian Restaurant 天厨妙香素食(朝阳)(vegetarian)
Xi Yuan Ju 玺源居(前门大街)(Beijing-style hot pot)
Yinsan Douzhi 尹三豆汁 (Beijing-style fermented mung bean “juice”)
Yu Hua Tai 玉华台(西城)(Huaiyang cuisine)

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