Eat Your Way Through Beijing with Max Levy


August 5, 2016 | BY Wilson Fok

The chef-owner of Okra Hong Kong splits his time between China's capital and Hong Kong. Here are some of his favourite dining hot spots on the mainland


Max Levy opened Okra earlier this year, and between launching the restaurant’s omakase-only bar upstairs and cooking at the late night dining hot spot in Sai Ying Pun, the chef also finds time to spend in Beijing. Here are some of his favourites that guarantee return visits whenever he lands in China’s bustling capital city.



Photo courtesy of Fiume

This northern Italian owned by a husband and wife team makes all of its pasta in house and puts me right back in Bologna. They also have a short but super wine list.

Fiume, 39 Maizidian Xijie (on the river at the back of FX Hotel), Chaoyang district; +86 (10) 6501 9878  

Traitor Zhous NonKosher Delicatessen


Photo courtesy of Traitor Zhous NonKosher Delicatessen

My day in Beijing is not complete without my nori bagel and ume cream cheese. I opened this deli three years ago, which specialises in its own house-cured meats, biodynamic vegetables from its own farm and bagels and doughnuts made every morning. I really miss this in Hong Kong!

Traitor Zhou’s NonKosher Delicatessen, 1949-The Hidden City, Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100027. 

Okra 1949


Photo courtesy of Okra 1949

I cannot leave the original Okra out of this list. Much more of a fine dining atmosphere than Okra Hong Kong, I can honestly say I love eating here every time I go back. The direct connection with Little Willow farms, provides new and fresh vegetables and flowers every day that are unavailable anywhere else. I also love its exclusive location in the secluded 1949 courtyard surrounded by trees. 

Okra 1949, 1949 – The Hidden City, Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100027; +86 (10) 6593 5087 

Hai Di Lao


Photo courtesy of Venus Wong

My go-to spot for late night down and dirty hotpot. With their free manicures and massages while you wait, it is impossible to top the ratings they get for customer service. And I can't leave without getting my pig brain and duck embryo!

Hai Di Lao, Eight Floor, Tianyingtai Department Store, 88 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng district; 5762-0153


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