You have 4 days max to act on the information I’m about to tell you. So don’t hesitate because with a blink of an eye, you might miss out on one of the coolest culinary events I’ve witnessed in Beijing yet.
Lucky for us, Beijing is first up in a crazy line-up of 20 countries where a crafty group of chefs have come up with a brilliant concept called One Star House Party, where these chefs will be traveling around the world to learn about cuisines in 20 different countries. They spend 1 month in a location researching the culinary culture, history and trends, then they produce an amazing meal for a lucky few individuals who manage to snap up the limited number of tables available.
We’ve seen our fair share of Culinary Pop-Ups around town from the very casual to the very glamorous, but this event takes the concept of a “pop-up dinner” to a level Beijing has never seen before. From the making of their own tables and furniture to the fact that you have an unparalleled team of six world-class chefs cooking together a menu made from scratch, this global tour gives the “pop-up restaurant” concept a whole new meaning.
They are operating out of The Opposite House until Friday, September 30th, so get booking!
“One Star House Party is an unprecedented pop up restaurant concept. The lean team of industry professionals deep dive straight into the heart of a city’s food scene by building and running 40 cover restaurants in Airbnbs around the world. Drawing on the ingredients, history and stories of the urban environments, One Star House Party is focused on bringing together innovation and hospitality through fine-yet-casual shared tasting menus.
Combing a new city to find the coolest digs available–from an abandoned printing house in Hong Kong to a loft in Manhattan–six world-class chefs whose backgrounds range from the kitchens of Tom Aikens to Rene Redzepi tell the story of the city, present and past, through locally inspired food. Modern, ingredients-focused dishes are served by the chefs, removing the limitations of a traditional dining experience, in what essentially becomes an epic house party catered by Michelin starred chefs.”
LDS Snapshots of One Star House Party in Beijing’s Opposite House:
Slick Black Trollies Showcase the Menu’s Star Ingredients
Scallops Steal the Show
Key Dumpling Ingredients
First up, this is BYOB. If you are going on the final Friday dinner, go wild. You will not get another opportunity like this for a while! Bring your own booze to the Opposite House for an amazing meal. We went with a bottle of The Hedonist from Australian Natural as unfortunately we had to work the next day and I had to get myself on a 6AM flight. If you are somewhat less concerned about your performance in the office, get creative!
The food is clever, tasty and beautifully presented. Every dish was innovative and not at all pretentious.
The team had clearly spent their time well and have created some ingenious takes on some classic dishes that you most likely have eaten in China and done something totally different.
One of the best aspects of this dining experience was the theatricality and back story for each dish that the chefs are clearly excited to explain and to share with their guests for a very personable and one-of-a-kind dining experience.
I’m not going to spoil the meal for you by explaining everything, but here are some photos to feast your eyes on.
LDS Snapshots of One Star House Party’s Menu Dishes:
Radish Dumplings with Mantis Shrimp
Editable Charcoal with Black Garlic and Soy Fillings
Baked Beggar’s Chicken
Scallop Sashimi Congee with Buckwheat, Ginger and Spring Onions
Sichuan Peppercorn Roasted Duck with Hot Pot Dip
Tibetan Yak Yogurt with Poached and Jelly Hawthorne and Dried Hawthorne Powder
Theatrical Introductions by Different Chefs for Each Course
Quick – book NOW!
If you miss Beijing, you always have the possibility of booking a flight to Vietnam, Bangkok, Mumbai, or any of the 20 different destinations they will be at between now and August 2018. I’m already planning to fly to Hong Kong just to attend their final dinner and looking at options in Europe next summer as well! Is there a better reason to travel beyond seeking out unforgettable dining experiences?!
For more information, check out their website here: http://www.onestarhouseparty.com/
6 Star Dream Team (missing Joe who happens to be in the photo above)
One Star House Party Event Details:
Dates: Sunday, September 25 – Friday, September 30
Time: 19:30 Dinner Start Time
Price: RMB 888 per person
Location: B1 of The Opposite House (where Bei used to be)
RSVP Website: Click here