Platea is Beijing’s new place for Mediterranean meals
Beijing has recently seen a spate of European restaurant openings, most notably Creperie Panorama and Spanish restaurant Bobomia, and now La Platea. Located east of The Place, La Platea brings together the best of the Mediterranean, created by a French chef, a Spanish designer and an Italian manager.
The restaurant’s design is inspired by the many food halls and markets in Europe – think La Boqueria in Barcelona or the Grande Halle in Budapest. In fact, these markets are more than just a design feature. Customers can purchase cold cuts and cheeses, antipasti and desserts over the counter, and bottles of wine from the wall-mounted refrigerator to take home. Take-out and on-site prices are affordable; for example, wine by the bottle starts at around 200 RMB, with some bottles going north from 300 to 400 RMB.
Like the restaurant team, the cuisine at La Platea merges dishes and influences from France, Spain, Italy and beyond. The menu is simple, a single page with platters of starters, main courses, pasta and cold cuts. They also serve a small tapas menu from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., with dishes like arancini and fried camembert – perfect with a glass of wine (48 RMB) or a beer from the Spanish brand Mahou (rarely seen in Beijing).
The go-to menu item is definitely the pizza pockets (48 RMB each or 118 RMB for a combo of three). An Italian street snack, these beauties are self-explanatory: pockets of bread stuffed with toppings like mozzarella, pesto and tomato or eggplant parmigiana. Our favorite is the pocket of tomato meatballs, as the rich sauce soaks satisfactorily in the bread. For something a little more substantial (although we wouldn’t fancy going for a run after eating one of those pockets of pizza on our own), the Milanese Veal offers fantastic value at RMB 88 and with extra tender meat to start.
With its prime location in The Place – and its newly arrived outdoor seating – we can see La Platea become one of the most popular places in the CBD for business lunches and after-work drinks.
Every day from 10 a.m. to midnight. 1 / F, Trends Tower, The Place (northeast side), Jintong Xilu, Chaoyang District (130 5139 7386)
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Images: Robynne Tindall, courtesy of La Platea