Sushi in Beijing

You might think that RMB 150 is too much to pay for a set lunch when you can get plenty of fantastic lunch options for half the price, but don’t be so quick to dismiss.

Yotsuba 四叶 has a strong reputation for fresh and high quality fish flown in straight from Tokyo’s Tsukiji market. And as much as I have enjoyed the few dining experiences that I have had at Yotsuba, it’s just not possible to dine here regularly unless you don’t mind spending over RMB 800-1,000 per person for a dinner. So that’s why I’m singing praises for their weekday lunch sets because it is significantly more affordable than ordering off their a la carte menu (don’t even think about saying “Omakase” for chef’s choice menu) and though you might think that RMB 150 is a bit of a splurge for lunch, you’ll walk out of Yotsuba feeling grateful having fully satisfied your fresh sashimi/sushi/seafood cravings.

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Stepping into Sushi Yotsuba

So there are a few options for set lunches available ranging from RMB 150, 240 and 380 per person or a RMB 790 set to be shared between two people. Among our foodie group of four, we had two individuals order the RMB 150 set (myself being one), one ordered the RMB 240 set and one ordered the RMB 380 set. Though there are some overlaps, I’ve recapped each of the 3 individual set lunch options (because no one felt like sharing). Starting with the RMB 150 set, this one comes in many separate servings spread across 9 little dishes. Though each are small, they accumulate up to a satisfying, balanced meal.

Yotsuba’s RMB 150 Set:

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Lunch Set Starts with Two Cold Salads

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Mixed Lettuce Salad and Mayonnaise Dressing

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Spinach Ohitashi

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Sashimi Platter with 4 Types of Fresh Fish + Tamago Egg

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5 Nigiri Sushi Platter

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Chawanmushi Steamed Egg Custard

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Chawanmushi Paired with Delicate Melon and Mushroom Soup

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Grilled Mackerel Slice with Radish

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RMB 150 Set Finishes with Miso Soup and Small Bowl of Fruit

Yotsuba’s Contact Details:

Sanlitun Branch:

  • Address: Next to Backyard Cafe, 2 Sanlitun Beixiaojie
  • Chinese Address: 朝阳区三里屯北小街2号 (京城大厦西南侧 河南岸)
  • Tel: 6464-2365
  • Opening Hours: 11:30am-2pm, 5:30-10pm

Maizidian Branch:

  • Address: 39 Maizidian Xijie, Chaoyang district
  • Chinese Address: 朝阳区麦子店西街39号
  • Tel: 6467 1837
  • Opening Hours: Open Daily 11:30am-2pm, 5:30pm-10pm

About Kristen

Kristen Lum has an accomplished background in PR, communications and events in China. Born and raised in California, Kristen has been based in Beijing since 2006 and is founder of the lifestyle  blog called LumDimSum, covering mostly restaurant news and reviews alongside upcoming events around town that relate to Beijing’s muti-faceted, quickly-developing creative industries like art, music, film, health and fitness, fashion, nightlife, charity events, and travel tips.

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