Opposite the East Gate of the Forbidden City, Handel Lee’s The CourtYard is one of the oldest and finest fusion restaurants in the capital. Handel Lee may now be better known for his upscale restaurant complexes Three on the Bund and Chi’enmen 23, but The CourtYard remains the grand dame of Beijing fine dining with its views over the moat of the Imperial Palace. Make sure to request a table by the window. The restaurant serves impeccable Asian and Western dishes such as tea-smoked chicken and kaffir-lime infused king prawns. Begin with foie gras delicately coated in spiced chocolate sauce and follow it with bacon-wrapped monkfish. There is also a lip smacking mélange of desserts including mocha nougatine parfait and taro coconut custard. The CourtYard is also hailed for its wine list, which includes both premium and artisanal vintages. There are over 20 wines and champagnes by the glass such as a Château Suduiraut 1995 Sauternes and a Catena Zapata 2006 Malbec.