LumDimSum | Filed under: Charity, Foodies & Dining Scene, Upcoming Events | Tags: 3rd Ring Road, BJ Foodies, canapés, catering, creativity, David, events, food art, food laboratory, Galleria, Italian, Italian Embassy, Mediterranean Cuisine, Nexus SOHO, Picasso, San Marco's Lion, The Crossroads Centre, 美食艺术馆 | No Comments »
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This ain’t Tairyo (thank goodness).
Haiku by Hatsune is a teppanyaki + sushi restaurant that’s been off the radar for the past few years. It was buzz-worthy and super trendy back in 2008 when it was part of the Block 8 entertainment complex that also featured the gorgeous, sand-filled bar called “The Beach” on its rooftop. But after Block 8 closed (along with that awesome rooftop bar) in 2011, Haiku also went under major renovations to specialize in teppanyaki. Fast forward several years later, Haiku is back under Hatsune management and has combined two wonderful worlds of sushi and teppanyaki under one glorious roof. Unlike other teppanyaki joints, Haiku is not about quantity – no all you can drink/eat here – it is about quality.
If you are unfamiliar with the Block 8 complex 8号公馆, this is just on the west gate of Chaoyang park, a little to the north of Jenny Lou’s. As you enter the main entrance off the main Chaoyang Park West Gate road 朝阳公园西路, follow the road to the right and walk around the big block of buildings until you see the building with Haiku’s logo on the 3rd floor. Once you get to the lobby, staff will usher you into the elevator where you go up to the third floor.
Walking in, you’ll notice that the place is like a rabbit warren. Lots and lots of private rooms. Whilst they do have open tables, more intimacy is definitely the focus.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Upcoming Events | Tags: Copenhagen, Denmark, Midtfyns Beer House, MOKA Bros, new lunch menu, open-faced sandwich, Palægade, Scandinavian, smørrebrød, The Danish Pop-Up, The Georg, The Place | No Comments »
To turn your attention away from the nauseating election results in the US of A, I am going to tantalize your taste buds with a nordic specialty by a country that has their shit together.
“According to the World Happiness Report, the Scandinavian nation that is Denmark has been rated the happiest country, and has been in the top 3 ever since the survey began. The combination of a long and healthy life expectancy, freedom to make your own choices and a noticeably higher level of generosity and trust than other countries, makes this fact about the colourful country, Denmark unsurprising. Not sure about you, but we’re thinking of packing up our things and eloping to Denmark immediately.” – MOKA Bros Team
So as we consider turning our backs on America for obvious reasons, the talented team at both Moka Bros and the Georg have made a very smart move to join forces to host this pop-up event featuring savoury smørrebrød aka Scandinavian open-faced sandwiches that taste as amazing as they look.
On a little side rant, I have never understood the point of having another piece of bread other than the fact that it makes a sandwich more take-away friendly. But that’s the point of an open-faced sandwich. Danes know how to enjoy their food and calling this a “type of sandwich” is already very misleading. A smørrebrød is not something you want to grab on the run. Trust me, this is worth sitting down and savoring.
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CHAO Hotel in Sanlitun
There was a lot of talk about The Den closing. This is partly due in part to the fact that they kept “almost” closing and then re-opening between the end of 2015 and mid-2016. But main reason for all the coverage is because, whether you want to admit it or deny it, we have ALL been to The Den. Even if you regret everything you’ve ever done or witnessed at the Den, you have to admit that their Eggs Benedict at 5AM really hits the spot.
A Beijing expat black hole that was always in its prime between the wee hours of 3am-7am, this was the official home of the Beijing Devils Rugby team and many of their infamous parties, and most importantly, this was probably the only establishment in Beijing that was NEVER closed. You heard me correctly – The Den was open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to cater to the great demand Beijingers continued to ask of it. That says a lot considering the Den has been open since 1997, which also happens to make this one of the longest lasting venues in Beijing.
So what happened to The Den and why did it close this year?
LumDimSum | Filed under: Charity, Foodies & Dining Scene, Upcoming Events | Tags: Beyond Yakitori, BJ Foodies, Brian Germain, Charity Dinner, Cou Cou, Gangnam, Gangnam Tapas, ISIS, Kara Tepe Refugee Camp, Korean, Korean Tapas, Makguli Korean rice wine, One Pot 一锅 by SSAM, Sanlitun, soju, Soju cocktails, Soju Pairings, Sulyi, Topwin Center | No Comments »
The Topwin Center continues its opening spree. Next up on the menu is Sulyi, a Korean tapas restaurant with the former chef for the Korean embassy at the helm. Sulyi means “cheers” in Korean and with what promises to be a very nice balcony area, this restaurant could become a great destination for a fun soju-fuelled night before the cold sets in.
A project that started in 2014, Sulyi sets itself apart from other Korean restaurants in Beijing by focusing on Gangnam, Korean style tapas dishes. You may have heard of Gangnam thanks to PSY’s catchy tune and even catchier dance moves, which refers to a trendy and hip district in Seoul where fashion and style is top notch. According to Sulyi’s owners, they aim to bring “Gangnam” to Beijing’s hip hood Sanlitun through Gangnam tapas and home-made ‘Makguli’ Korean rice wine in fruity flavors at 4% and a special selection of Soju sold exclusively at Sulyi.
Sulyi is located on the 3rd floor of the food-crazed Topwin Center, next to Beyond Yakitori and opposite Cou Cou, the much talked about high end hotpot offering from Xiabu Xiabu.
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From the people who brought you possibly my favourite lesser known restaurant in Beijing Vin Vie 萬火, comes a new opening: Vin Vino 萬久. For those of you who have been to Vin Vie, you will know that it is an izakaya style restaurant that also happens to offer a bunch of wine. Vin Vino extends this concept further. It is based around “Japanese Tapas” and wine.
It must be said that this makes the restaurant a pretty odd place to eat in. None of the Japanese influence is visible in the decoration as it looks more like a pseudo-Mediterranean bistro. At the same time, one glance at the menu and you will notice a lot of shiso leaf, soy sauce, tofu and other classic Japanese staples coexisting with ratatouille and risotto.
Furthermore, you’ll eat to the sounds of a soundtrack that seems to have been assembled by someone with multiple personality disorder. We counted atmospheric orchestral songs, Swedish pop, hardcore hip hop and more all in one evening. Yeah it’s a strange beast but don’t let that put you off. If anything, this should spark your curiosity.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Upcoming Events | Tags: Alan Wong, Amy Roll, Clayton Roll, Hatsune, Hatsune Kerry, LumDimSum Roll, Moto Roll, sushi making class, Sushi Samurai | No Comments »
Owner & Sushi Samurai Alan-san Teaches his Sushi Secrets
Famous for their unique and playful signature sushi rolls, Hatsune is the original California-style sushi creators in China.
And with over half of the sushi rolls listed on Hatsune’s menu already named after and created by their die-hard, loyal customers over the years, they know that their sushi lovers are as crafty as they are insatiable. Hatsune doesn’t like playing by the rules because as long as the ingredients are attainable, anything is fair game. The biggest limiting factor is really only your imagination when it comes to creating your ultimate dream sushi roll.
“Since Hatsune first opened over 14 years ago (in 2001), we’ve built a tremendously close community of sushi addicts whose opinions we respect, feedback we value, and for successful sushi ideas that have come to them over the years, we also give due credit, rewarding each with name recognition on our menu every time they came to us with their own dream sushi creation. Some of our most popular sushi rolls are dedicated to our valued addicts – from the Moto-Roll, Pastor Roll, Clayton Roll and Amy Roll, these are all real addicts who either created or inspired these creations.” - Hatsune
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