MoxiMoxi Next to Cellar Door on Fangjia Hutong
A cozy little space in collaboration with its neighbouring bar, Cellar Door. MoxiMoxi 摩西摩西 is an authentic Israeli food bar situated on Fangjia Hutong that prides itself on serving a focused, specific menu of Israeli street food exactly as you’d be served if you were roaming the streets of Tel Aviv.
Owner Igal Paikin is originally from Beer Sheva, but lived in Tel Aviv for many years and was inspired to open MoxiMoxi just about a month ago.
“From the Holy Land to the Holy Mao comes what you’ve all yearned for. A traditional Israeli-Middle eastern restaurant in the heart of Beijing’s traditional Hutong. Come pay us a visit and enjoy great atmosphere, a friendly neighboring bar and watch the hectic old city flying before your eyes. From delicious pastries to mouth-watering entrees, you’ll eat (or drink ) your way into meeting new friends from around the world! Shalom, 你好 and see you soon!” – Igal Paikin, MoxiMoxi Owner
LDS Snapshots of MoxiMoxi:
Owner Igal Paikin Hard at Work with Helping Hands
What a WIFI password!
Outdoor Seating on Fangjia Hutong
We came ravenous on a late Saturday afternoon and easily ate everything available on their menu (we’re big eaters and there are only a handful of specialized items). Between mouthfuls of our Schnitzel and SabiH pita sandwiches, we enjoyed the delightful company of not only Igal, but also some big fans of his food joint, all of the Israeli community in Beijing who give giant stars of approval.
When I asked Igal if he was planning to expand the menu, he was quick to explain that MoxiMoxi’s concept is meant to be very focused – to do a few items exceptionally well every time and not dilute the quality by trying to do too many different things. I think that after ordering another round of Schnitzels, that was our way of showing Igal two big thumbs up. He knows what he’s doing and he’s got a great thing going – 加油 to MoxiMoxi!
LDS Snapshots of MoxiMoxi’s Summer Menu:
Pitta and Zaatar Oven Snack (RMB 15)
Weekend Special (Only Sat & Sun): Shakshuka Set with 2 Pitta (RMB 45)
Shakshuka in All Her Glory
Schnitzel Set with Fried Chicken Fillet, Fresh Israeli Salad, Tomato, Pickles & Tahini (RMB 35)
Schnitzel Up Close & Personal
“SabiH” with Fried Eggplant, Slow-Boiled Egg, Potato, Fresh Israeli Salad, Tomato, Pickles & Tahini (RMB 25)
The above dishes cover everything that was available on their 1-page menu, but by 4PM on a Saturday, they were already out of 2 out of their 3 starter snack items – Tel-Aviv fries (RMB 15) and Jaffa Fried Cauliflower (RMB 15).
The food is simple, but the ingredients speak for themselves. Whilst they are never going to win any awards for presentation, I feel that street food should be all about food that is a little bit sloppy but delicious. And that is where Moxi Moxi succeeds. My pick would be anything with the eggplant, which they sun-dry (you can see this in action in one of the photos above) and then roast. Simple and scrumptious.
They are also proudly serving Jaffa black coffee, which they boasted as being super strong so we opted to pass as we’re not big coffee drinkers, but a bonus for those who are!
MoxiMoxi Contact Details:
Address: Just left of Cellar Door’s Entrance on Fangjia Hutong, 55 Fangjia Hutong, Dongcheng District
Tel: +86 158 0168 0406
Opening Hours: Monday-Friday from 5PM-Midnight, Saturday-Sunday from 2PM-Midnight