How often does one dine under the gaze of the emperor?
and the empress too?
and has a bridal room close to where one dines?
and in a place where you can have a glimpse at the life of ordinary folks in the ancient capital in a mock-postmodernist imitation of what is supposed to be a pencil sketch of traditional Chinese style painting but with humbled up multiple perspectives?
and on top of those, with a Chinese lady touching her face lightly with lotus-flower style hand gesture.
an another lady at the "account's section" at the entrance touching her hair?
It's supposed to be a place which reminds one of a thing or two about old Beijing
complete with mock old Beijing style wine counter but with two of its waitresses completely absorbed in watching the goings-on on their mobile screens, one in front and the other behind the counter.
Something wrong with my eyes or the eyes of my camera? A fish bowl right at the centre of the table?
Lemme take another closer look. No doubt about it. These are gold fishes.
and a lady in her underwear half exposed behind a Chinese wooden screen right on one of its dishes!
And the Chinese character for "Earth" coming alive!
and another stone trough at the entrance with gold fish too. I don't suppose one would seriously be expected to drink from that trough
certainly not when the door guard is watching not two steps away.
What is this File of Document and Painting with the Father of Modern China doing here above a wooden stool next to the door guard?
I tried to solicit an answer from this mythical beast. But it answered in a language I could not make head or tail with.
Then barbecued mutton
and of course the famous Beijing duck
washed down with "malt" tea!
That'll be HK$427.00 please, Sir. I felt like this lantern. As far as the quality of the food is concerned, I'd much rather that served in a small folksy restaurant in the Shamhuipo area.
To bid me farewell is this loving couple!