Sichuan fine dining restaurant Transit was the big winner in this year's City Weekend Reader's Choice Awards, announced on Wednesday. The Taikoo Li North based restaurant took home both Restaurant of the Year as well as Chinese Restaurant of the Year, marking the first time a restaurant has won both categories. Does this mean there is a growing interest in high-end Chinese dining among Beijing's voting population? Only time will tell.
Transit also received 'Outstanding' awards in the Restaurant of the Year (Chinese Cuisine) and Best Sichuan categories at our own Restaurant Awards earlier this year.
Like the Beijinger, City Weekend's awards are chosen by their readers. Many of the Beijinger's 40+ awards categories are split between fine dining and casual dining so it's tricky to directly compare with City Weekend's awards. However, a couple of common winners included Hatsune (Best Japanese), La Pizza (Best Pizza), and Luga's Villa (Mexican/Tex-Mex). Temple Restaurant Beijing once again took home the award for Best Service, taking it to three-out-of-three of the restaurant awards already held this year.
A few notable differences: there was no overlap between the three winners of the Best Chef award between the Beijinger and City Weekend, with Daniel Urdaneta of Mosto/Modo/Moka taking our top spot and Jordi Valles of Agua sweeping to victory in the City Weekend awards. We were also surprised to see Annie's and Gung Ho! got no love for their pizza from City Weekend readers.
Finally, we like to give all the foodies out there as much choice as possible when it comes to dining out, so here are a few of the City Weekend award winners that didn't make it onto the Beijinger's list. Happy eating!
8 Qi Nian
Haru Teppanyaki and Sushi Bar
Tube Station Pizza
Turkish Mum Restaurant
Vic, Sofitel Wanda Plaza
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Photo: Transit Restaurant (via City Weekend)
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