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18 San Li Tun Lu (Sanlitun)
(86) 010-6415-1227 | www.jazzya.com.cn
BEST FORLunch; dinner; drinks
YEAR OPENED1995 (renovated in 2008)
PRICE (APPETIZER; ENTRÉE)RMB 30-50; RMB 80-120
FAMOUS PLATESSushi; pizza; omuraisu
DRINKS AND WINECocktails; martinis; Japanese beer; sake; Long Island Iced Tea
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?No
Hidden behind a discreet Sanlitun entrance, this Tokyo-hip venue is part chic fusion restaurant, part seductive jazz lounge. The setting is super sexy, with a catwalk style entry, stone walls, and sleek wooden furnishings. The food is a mixture of Japanese and Italian fare, and the cocktails are some of the city’s best, all well matched by the sophisticated jazz on the stereo.
A mix of hipster expats, lovey-dovey couples, and office workers with loosened ties.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
It’s upscale casual, in a funky Tokyo kind of way–we’d wear ultra hip jeans, flats, and a boho-chic top.
GO HERE WITH
A group; friends; a date
WHY WE LIKE IT
For a quiet, sophisticated drink, Jazz-ya is one of the best spots in town. It’s rarely crowded, the cocktails are stellar, and the jazz is swinging.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
Though the pizza and Japanese fare are good, the “fusion” menu spreads itself a little too thin to really wow.
GOOD TO KNOW
It’s a little tricky to find: this Sanlitun institution’s entrance is tucked away in the Nali mall off San Li Tun Lu. Its door policy can be a little erratic on the weekends–make reservations for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. Lunch is also a good time to relax in the cool calm of Jazz-ya and get away from the bustle of Beijing. Try the omuraisu, an omelette stuffed with seasoned rice (it’s weirdly good!).
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