More suggestions for dining in and around Beijing...
An over-the-top, Phillipe Starck-designed bar and restaurant housed in a corporate tower, Lan Club is 60,000 square feet of aesthetic hedonism. Imagine the Hudson/Delano/Clift x100. The food is flavorful Szechuan, with just enough exotic dishes on the menu to keep it interesting. Pricey, but worth visiting if only for drinks. This is the type of place where you can get into trouble (last time I was there, I "accidentally" crashed a Josh Harnett party).
4/F Twin Tower, B12 Jianguomen Waidajie, CBD/Guomao (T) 5109-6012/13
It goes without saying that while in Beijing, a visit to the Great Wall is top of the list of things to do; but while the masses usually hit the Badaling section, I strongly recommend a visit to Mutianyu, with stops at the Schoolhouse Campus in Mutianyu Village and neighboring Yingbeigou Village. The Schoolhouse is a lovely respite from crowded Beijing, and features an excellent restaurant (food is homemade, Western-style cuisine), an art gallery, glass shop (they have a studio onsite) and gourmet shop where you can pick up items to take with you on an excursion to the Great Wall.
Xiao Lu Mian (where the above photo was taken) is a simple noodle shop housed in a former farmstead building, situated in the village of Yingbeigou. Both The Schoolhouse and Xiao Lu Mian have perfect views of the Great Wall, and are particularly fantastic to visit at night, when you can sit outside under the moon and stars.
The Schoolhouse: 12 Mutianyu Cun, Huairou (T) 8610 6162-6506
Xiao Lu Mian: Yingbeigou Village, Huairou Beijing (T) 8610 6162 6506 *Directions are on both websites
This was the scene at Commune By The Wall the last time I visited. They were preparing for a wedding, which was scheduled to take place at sunset. Breathtaking. Commune is a Kempinski resort and spa, with several restaurants, just south of the Mutianyu section, about an hour +1/2 outside of Beijing. Each "hotel room" is a unique villa - there are 42 in all, designed by 12 Asian architects. Behind the Cantilever House, a hidden pathway turns into a steep, 20-minute hike that lands you atop a little-known section of the Wall. The rarely visited section is precarious and overgrown, but stunning nonetheless; and, you will likely be the only one there taking in the view.
at The Great Wall Exit No.20 at Shuiguan, Badaling Highway, Beijing (T) 8610 8118 1888