Yesterday was a holiday here in China, and after visiting various places here in Beijing my husband, an old friend and I went for a leisurely Sunday lunch at Rumi.
The restaurant was an oasis of cool tranquility, busy but not overwhelmingly so. They weren't offering the usual weekday buffet lunch, but that really didn't matter, there was such a choice on the menu - which is helpfully laid out and illustrated.
We enjoyed a selection of dishes - falafel with dipping yoghurt, borek pastries (slim tubes of phyllo pastry stuffed with feta and spinach) houmous, a delicious dish the name of which escapes me, but which is basically a thick dip made from walnuts pounded with red peppers.To go with these there were two baskets of Iranian bread, and a dish of sour pickled crudites,
We also enjoyed a large platter of beef, chicken and lamb shish kebabs with rice - it said it was a two person dish, but it fed the three of us more than adequately. We also had Tabbouleh, the famous salad made of tomato, parsley, mint and bulgar wheat, it was so good, really fresh and healthy.
I don't think the restaurant - being Muslim - sells alcohol, but they are happy for you to bring your own so we took some wine with us, and they supplied glasses, water, ice etc.
We were all too full for dessert, but the menu had some interesting items which we will sample next time - and there will be a next time, we enjoyed ourselves so much.
A really good place for lunch or dinner, and with a metro station nearby, easy to get to.