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Long Live Lau Pa Sak’s Savoury and Moreish Black Carrot Cake
Time slows for no man, and Beijing too, slows for no man.
It’s just my luck for Lau Pa Sak 老巴刹 to move locations just a few weeks after I move into the building just next to its original home, south of the Canadian Embassy. When I first saw the original location gutted, I initially thought Lau Pa Sak was the latest casualty of the endless development of the city, but was pleased to hear that it had already found a new home in Sanlitun SOHO. A place I’ve thoroughly enjoyed over the years for a quick and tasty lunch, I went to check out their new digs and make sure that it still lived up to it’s old incarnation.
Sanlitun SOHO constantly strikes me as a place where hairdressers go to have children, who then turn out to be hairdressers. Somewhere in the mess, there are a few places worth visiting (One Pot by SSAM Korean restaurant, that new(ish), jam-packed Hunan noodle spot, and Jian Archery Bar) but they are never particularly easy to find. The same is true of Lau Pa Sak’s new location. On the ground floor, it is located on the south side of Tower 3. Expect to walk in circles because we did too.
Still in a similar design of casual dining, the new Lau Pa Sak is smaller than its previous location, but I don’t think people have quite figured out that they’ve moved and where they’ve moved to so you don’t need to worry about waiting for a table like you had to before.
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The Raffles mall is a strange place. It isn’t high end, and yet it also doesn’t fit in the mould of the crappy Chinese malls that exist throughout the city that you never visit unless your bank happens to have a branch inside. There are some decent shops and eateries in this mall, but I don’t actually know people who go out of their way to eat there unless they’re already there shopping.
It’s interesting that Casa Talia by Tiago chose this stage and it is quite apt for a restaurant that also doesn’t quite understand it’s place in the world. It is a restaurant with incredible potential – the interior design is elegant and tasteful and they have a focused menu featuring innovative, luxurious Mediterranean tapas and shared dishes ranging from a 1.6kg Australian Grain-fed Tomahawk Steak (RMB 888), Boston Lobster and a signature nitrogen tiramisu (RMB 128). The creator behind these indulgent dishes is none other than very talented Italian chef Corrado Michelazzo, the executive chef at 10 Corso Como in Shanghai.
He sums up his culinary background quite nicely here -
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From a teeny, tiny little taproom on Dongsi Batiao, Slow Boat Brewery has decided to go the other extreme with their new flagship brewpub in South Sanlitun (across from the new Intercontinental Hotel) with a gigantic 3-story building with a bar on each level and a grand total of 36 taps (4 taps on the first floor and 16 taps on the 2nd and 3rd floor). Not only is this is huge game changer for Slow Boat Brewery, this new brewpub now takes the title for biggest brewpub in Beijing.
More than just a new flagship location for Slow Boat, this also marks the first branch where all brewing will be done on premise and their 18 brewing tanks are in full view like an open kitchen for their brew process.
“Beer brewed on premises will be consumed on premises directly from the tanks or from freshly filled kegs. Twenty different beers will be available – some only at the Sanlitun location. All water used on premises goes though a reverse osmosis filter before usage. Over three floors there is a total of 18 brewing tanks with an annual capacity of 2,200 bbls or over 550,000 servings.” - Slow Boat Sanlitun Flagship
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Taste Migas’ Culinary Highlights Over the Past 6 Years
It’s hard to believe that Migas has been around for 6 years in Beijing given what a great job they do continually reinvigorating and refreshing the food, bar and rooftop. It’s true what they say – time really does fly when you’re having this much fun (at Migas!). That being said, never look a gift horse in the mouth, it’s party time!
In line with the “Migas style” of doing things, they are throwing a weekend long celebration for their 6th anniversary and are offering up 2 big parties on their rooftop, 2 food events including a Pintxo-Pote deal and a special 6-course menu for the 6 year birthday starting this Thursday, August 25 through Saturday, August 27th.
“One more anniversary! Being in the Beijing scene for six years is a big milestone, and we could not be more grateful. To every single person who has had a fun night on the rooftop with a drink in hand, or a memorable meal in the restaurant with tasty bites… Thank you! You keep us inspired and motivated. It’s been six wonderful years and we have no intention of slowing down! See you at the anniversary celebrations!” – Team Migas
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I am coining a new adjective in this post: Beijingy. Bar 4 Nine 泗酒城 is really Beijingy.
It represents the flourishing of something that I have hoped to see for the entirety of my time in Beijing. Local Beijingers, skilled and knowledgeable with regards to the modern, but proud of their heritage putting forth really high quality products in a thoughtful, quaint atmosphere.
Bar 4 Nine is named after an old name for the city – the 4 representing the 4 inner gates to the Forbidden City and the 9 being the 9 outer gates that now follow the circular Line 2 Subway. A bar created between 3 owners (2 Chinese bartenders and an American), the one who created the concept for the bar is an old Beijinger (old as in he is local – 老北京, not in reference to his age as he is quite young!) and wanted to demonstrate that China may well be modernising and adopting Western habits, but Chinese culture still has a lot to offer.
Located above a chicken restaurant just south of Xianlaoman Dumpling House 馅老满- the best way to find it is to look for the large red “鸡” sign that hangs outside on Andingmen Nei Dajie – then walk through the restaurant and up the stairs in the back. But if you are coming to the bar after 10PM (after the chicken restaurant closes), then note that they do remove the illuminating 鸡 signage and replace it with their own nicely branded sign.
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Dubujib means tofu house in Korean, and the restaurant specializes in tofu-based Korean soups. Located in the basement of the Liangmaqiao Grand Summit, it is tucked away in the farthest corner, next to the currently shuttered food court. Don’t let that put you off, it is worth the visit!
Knowing that they are jam-packed daily during weekday lunch hours with lines out their door with hungry foodies who don’t want anything other than Dubujib, we strategically timed our visit at 8pm on a Monday night cause waiting for a table when you’re hungry is the worst.
As soon as we sat down, we had a glance through their 2-page menu that opens like file folder. The menu is very focused, mainly geared around tofu soups and bibimbaps, bulgogi and a couple of signature seafood items. While you really can’t go wrong on the menu – everything we had was excellent and it’s not “hit or miss” like other places. That being said, I’ve still got a solid selection of recommendations based on reflections.
LDS Snapshots of Dubujib:
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