Why It's Essential
A good-looking restaurant in an inconveniently-located strip mall, Beijing "Nice Dining Restaurant" (as its menu calls it) has a menu that recalls the Chinese restaurants of thirty years ago in that it lists some 140 dishes covering almost every combination of proteins, vegetables, and sauces you've ever had in a Chinese restaurant. It's about evenly split between the Contonese and spicier Szechuan classics.
Beijing opened in 2008 in part of what once was a failed supermarket. The management and staff seems to be on the young side, cheerful and eager to please. Curiosity: almost every price on the menu ends in either thirty, sixty, or ninety cents. The take-out business seems to outperform the dining room trade.
The owners performed a fine renovation of the space, which except for the entrance is comfortable and handsome. The wood floors, bold Chinese graphics, and attractive booth upholstery make for a pleasant dining ambience. Getting to the restaurant is a bit challenging if you don't know the neighborhood. While it's easily visible from the southwest quadrant of the Cleaview-I-10 interchange, the mall is on the service road, and the right lane changes and turns is not intuitive.
For Best Results
Unless there's a favorite old dish you see in the columns of standard dishes, stay with the chef's specials, which include a few very good items. If you like your food spicy, be very emphatic about that. They seem afraid to add enough red pepper. The entire appetizer list is ordinary.
Beijing5741 Crowder Blvd b1, New Orleans, LA 70127, USA