On our first morning in Beijing, after a long journey from Canberra to Beijing the day before, Dad had booked the three of us in for a relaxing brunch at Capital M. I understand it's questionable as to why we would travel to China and then go to a French-inspired restaurant, but the answer is very simply, to treat my little brother! And to enjoy the exciting view from the terrace of course.
The view of Zhengyangmen, Qianmen and Tian'anmen Square beyond from the terrace at Capital M.
Capital M's weekend fare is a three (!!) course brunch menu, served with a cocktail of your choice. It was indeed quite a feast, but I think I put in a fair effort.
My first course was duck rillettes, served with toasted bread and the most delightful little zucchini pickles with the flowers intact. So pretty, and so tasty!
A closer look at the gorgeous little pickles.
The duck rillettes after I plunged into them. They were incredible smooth and wonderfully rich.
While enjoying my yummy ducky I was slurping on what else, but pimms! Made with orange and cucumber, just as it should be in my book.
For my main course I thoroughly enjoyed quite possibly the best eggs benny I've ever had (definitely the most perfect poached eggs) with a side of crispy roast potatoes.
It really is a thing of beauty, just magnificent!
And just as I thought my dress seams may be compromised, dessert arrived. I had the apparently famous Capital M pavlova, and while I maintain my mother's pavlova is the best pavlova, this was a very close second.
When the petit fours arrived I was definitely set to explode, but still managed a nibble on the Turkish delight which was incredible. Petit fours are so often an after thought and not too flash, but these were (along with the rest of the meal) well above average.
Without being a sap, the best part of the meal was spending time with my little brother, but the food was pretty wonderful as well! Should you happen to find yourself in Beijing and in the mood for some French inspired snacks and a view, I highly recommend Capital M.