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New restaurant Jing Yaa Tang at The Opposite House, Beijing

The Opposite House has announced the unveiling of its new restaurant concept Jing Yaa Tang opening on 29th August 2013. This restaurant will celebrate Beijing roast duck at its heart, with the menu extending to a wide range of favourite dishes from different regions across China. 

Jing Yaa Tang is a Swire Hotels’ collaboration with London-based and internationally-recognised restaurateur Alan Yau as lead designer and concept consultant. Since announcing his presence with Wagamama in 1992, Alan has demonstrated his versatility as a restaurateur by alternating his focus between further egalitarian fast casual concepts, in Busaba Eathai and Cha Cha Moon, and establishing high-end dining brands in Hakkasan and Yauatcha. Jing Yaa Tang marks his first entry into Beijing and Mainland China.

Jing Yaa Tang will introduce a selection of Beijing roast duck dishes, simply prepared and expertly executed. The menu will extend to Chinese regional favourites such as authentic Kung Pao Chicken and Dandan Noodle recipes. Jing Yaa Tang utilises the best ingredients sourced in the region and is MSG free.   Prices at Jing Yaa Tang will range from RMB 108 per person for lunch to RMB 388-588 per person for dinner.

The 155-seat restaurant, open for lunch and dinner, is set within a striking contemporary Chinoiserietheatrical style design. The interior opens into a central social dining space or “Tang” taken from theliteral Chinese translation of hall. Interior design accents reveal layers of dark lacquer application with plum and burnt orange detailing and ornamental highlights to capture and intrigue. Elevated dining viewing platforms run parallel on each side of the central area replicating theatre itself with intimate private dining booths positioned in each adjacent corner.

A communal table to share snacks, a central bar and a scene setting duck oven which will command centre stage. Jing Yaa Tang’s tableware is sourced from JIA Inc. JIA is the pronunciation of ‘home’ in Chinese. With ‘home’ as the focus of design, JIA fuses the Eastern culture with the west to create the modern language of Chinese contemporary design. Two collections-Family Belongings Hulu Dinnerware and Rice Dinnerware will be used at Jing Yaa Tang.

“The partnership with Alan Yau is exciting for us in terms of reputation and combining creative and operational expertise, to create a new destination restaurant for Beijing. We believe our signature of classic Beijing roast duck utilising traditional cooking techniques will be well received by guests and local Beijing residents,” said Brian Williams, Managing Director of Swire Hotels.

Alan Yau comments, “We have sought to create a concept at Jing Yaa Tang which references early pioneer travel and Beijing’s industrial heritage yet looks forward to reflect the tastes of modern China in a theatrical setting. The exposed brickwork and glossed lacquered wall application throughout highlights an interior space which is elegant, stylish and surprising. The appetising culinary delivery at Jing Yaa Tang’s epicentre will deliver a highly memorable and sociable experience for diners.”

Li Dong is the Chef de Cuisine of Jing Yaa Tang. Originally from Beijing, Li Dong’s 20 plus years of experience includes his early training and cooking in different Chinese cuisines and most recently atthe Horizon restaurant in Kerry Centre Beijing. Li Dong’s passion lies in making authentic Chinese local dishes from different regions. Opening hours: 12noon-10:30pm

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