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Just in time for the re-opening of their newly renovated outside terrace so now you have another excuse to spend more of your weekend celebrating at Taco Bar.

Extended out to the same length as its neighbor Home Plate Bar-B-Q, The Taco Bar’s new patio terrace can easily seat another 30+ taco addicts. A necessary addition for Beijing’s warmer months!

LDS Snapshots of Taco Bar’s New Weekend Brunch:

Taco Bar's New Brunch: Mr. Benedict-O (RMB 55)

Mr. Benedict-O (RMB 55): Ghetto Hawaiian Sweet Roll base with Pork Carnitas, Poached Egg, Green Chili Hollandaise, Kale & Tomato Side Salad with Pickled Onions

The Taco Bar takes your Eggs Benedict and hits it out of the ballpark with this awesome rendition on a classic Brunch favorite. Already an addict for their Pork Carnitas tacos, it’s rather genius that they’ve chosen to use their tender, slow-braised pork under layers of poached egg and smothered with green chili Hollandaise. And if I could choose between a “ghetto” Hawaiian Sweet Roll vs. a proper English muffin, I’d choose ghetto each and every time.

Taco Bar's New Brunch: Enchiladas Suizas (RMB 55)

Enchiladas Suizas (RMB 55): Corn Tortillas with Roasted Chicken, Melty Cheese, Salsa Verde, Crema, Poached Egg, Scallions & Cilantro

Probably the most indulgent of the bunch, I was glad to share this one as it’s a bit rich and heavy for just one. If you of the mindset “gooey-er and cheesier the better” than this one is for you.

Note: I’ve intentionally let the yolk run out of this perfectly poached egg for drool-worthy effect. Works, doesn’t it?!

Taco Bar's New Brunch: Breakfast Torta (RMB 55)

Breakfast Torta (RMB 55): Buttered Bun with Mayo, Ham, American Cheese, Avocado, Fried Egg with side salad of Kale, Tomato & Picked Onions

Knowing Kin and his love for McD’s, this is his twist on the Egg McMuffin. He’s intentionally selected American sliced cheese and somehow he’s even got that lunch-pack square ham going on (the one Americans know all too well). The Buttered Bun is soft and fluffy so you can squish this Torta to get through all the layers in one bite. The spread of avocado on the inside of the bun adds a bit of Taco Bar class.

While the majority of Taco Bar’s dishes are for everyone, this particular dish is probably something that only Americans can fully appreciate.

Taco Bar's New Brunch: Chorizo Hash (RMB 55)

Chorizo Hash (RMB 55): Crispy Potatoes, Sauteed Onions, Chorizo, Roasted Green Hollandaise, Charred Chili Salsa, Poached Egg & Scallion

It’s initial presentation is gorgeous, but this dish that was meant to be mixed and mashed together into a beautiful breakfast blend.  Our goal was to get a balance of every ingredient with each bite to optimize flavors, textures and satisfaction.

Taco Bar's New Brunch: Mexican Toast (RMB 55)

Mexican Toast (RMB 55): Egg-Battered Brioche, Salted Dulce de Leche, Strawberries, Banana, Powdered Sugar

This Mexican Toast is the perfect finale to an indulgent brunch menu. Definitely big enough to share between 5 of us, but I’d probably have a heart attack if I ate this all myself. The salted dulce de leche is a beautiful complement to the thick brioche, which is basically a better, softer version of your classic French Toast. I like to end on a sweet note, so this Mexican Toast does the trick. Now, I’ll just have to convince Kin to let me order this for dessert late-night as well!

The 5 of us foodies easily polished all of the above 5 new brunch dishes in addition to the below ad-ons because sitting outside on their terrace was so enjoyable, we didn’t want to ever leave. Note that all of the dishes pictured was consumed over the course of about 3 hours, and every minute was pure joy.

Oh, and for those of you who prefer not to booze during brunch, Taco Bar now serves fresh-squeezed juice! I highly recommend their “Capri Sun” – a mix of 100% apple, pear and carrot juice. At only RMB 20 per glass…Hallelujah!! AFFORDABLE FRESH SQUEEZED JUICE IN BEIJING!!!

Taco Bar's New Summer Dishes: Shrimp Ceviche (RMB 55)

Shrimp Ceviche (RMB 55)

A smart starter for big groups and parties that need some substantial bites before the onslaught of drinks being poured and the arrival of brunch mains. Each chip is layered with diced shrimp, salsa and dollops of savory goodness.

Taco Bar: Street-Style Quesadilla (RMB 40)

Street-Style Quesadillas (RMB 40)

Another great starter to share, these cheesy quesadillas are filled with rajas, chorizo and charred chili salsa. Bit more substantial than the ceviche so be careful not to fill up on these too early in your taco game.

Taco Bar: Caesar Salad (RMB 55)

Chicken Caesar Salad (RMB 55)

Taco Bar: New Jumbo Prawn Tacos (RMB 55 for trio)

Jumbo Prawn Tacos (RMB 55)

I have a soft spot for The Taco Bar’s fish tacos made with tempura battered tilapia, cabbage slaw, tomato, garlic aioli and Lengua tacos with braised beef tongue, onion, tomato, & radish, but I have found a new favorite. With each taco stuffed with 2 jumbo prawns (that’s 6 big ones across 3 tacos), creamy avocado, corn, radish and cilantro, this dish just jumped to the top of my list of must-order-dishes at Taco Bar. It’s AMAZE-BALLS.

The Taco Bar Spread

The Taco Bar Contact Details:

  • Address: Just right of Home Plate BBQ in South Sanlitun, Courtyard 4, Gongti Bei Lu Chaoyang, Beijing 100027朝阳区工体北路4号院北京机电院内 (中国银行对面)
  • Tel: +86 010 6501 6026 for booking your reservations! (reservations will only be held for up to 20 min)
  • You should join their mailing list here on their website: www.tacobarchina.com
  • Opening Hours: Closed Mondays! Open for Lunch: Tuesday-Friday: 11:30AM-2:30PM, Dinner: Tuesdays-Sundays: 5:30PM – late, Brunch: Saturdays + Sundays: 12PM-3PM

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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