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Introducing the Newest Kid on the Xingfucun Zhonglu Block – Zui Yakitori Bar
Located on the quickly developing Xingfucun Zhonglu across from April Gourmet and just next to Hercules, Zui Yakitori Bar is the new kid on the block and with an enticing entrance, I was quickly lured in just after they opened their door to the general public. Potentially related to Hercules as the staff of Zui were all wearing Hercules-branded aprons, but this is a 2-story Japanese Yakitori Bar that has two massive bars set up on both the first and second floor and more seating upstairs for dining.
Currently half open with only its second floor in operation as the ground floor is still a work-in-progress (probably 85% there). At first we found a cozy table for 4 in the back corner of the second floor dining area ready to chow down big time on a big order of yakitori, but we were very quickly put off by 3 chain smokers sitting close-by. What was even more disheartening was hearing their attitude about it – a very curt reply, “We are a bar also, so smoking is allowed.” Shame when you’re stuck in a tight space with no air ventilation and have come to have a proper dinner, and not sit in a room clouded with cigarette smoke.
Not a great start but read on as it gets better. Kind of.
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Niajo’s Soft Lighting Sets the Right Mood
My most recent surprise date night was at Niajo Spanish restaurant on the 3rd floor of Nali Patio just north of Sanlitun Taikoo Li Village. A consistently fantastic restaurant that prides itself on serving authentic traditional and modern Spanish tapas and gorgeous paellas, this is a restaurant that I keep close to my heart.
At first, the LDS-obsessed part of my brain made me wish we were dining somewhere new so I could post about it (how selfless of me, right?!), but I was quickly reminded just how much I adore Niajo as soon as we were served our first dish of the night.
How a simple sauteed mushroom dish could manage to blow both our minds remains a secret guarded in Niajo’s kitchen. This dish is insanely good and it’s just mushrooms. After savoring every last bite of these sliced mushrooms, we went so far as to soak up any remaining oil with their house bread. Give us some credit, at least we didn’t slurp it up with our tongues!
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Let’s Celebrate Our Love for Fine Foods
Whether you’re single or taken, you certainly don’t have to be in love to love the idea of indulging in course after course of beautifully presented dishes that makes you weak in the knees.
Everyone can enjoy this holiday celebration by treating yourself to a special dinner at one of Beijing’s top restaurants and milk this holiday for all its worth!
Happy Valentine’s feasting to my fellow foodies who love to love fine foods!
Valentine’s Day Dinner Break Down: (in alphabetical order)
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Wild Caught Venison Meat at Chef Too
A consistently satisfying American restaurant that’s been around over a decade, Chef Too renovated their venue a year or two ago to split into two aligning businesses – half restaurant and half retail shop specializing in wild caught and organic meat and seafood, gourmet coffee beans and the world renowned sea salt and cooking spices.
Whenever I get a free Saturday or Sunday afternoon, you can count on me to to be efficient with my grocery shopping and try to get all of my ingredients in 2 places max. 1 would be better than 2, but I insist on purchasing the mains of my dinner from Chef Too’s retail shop and the rest I’ll find in either Sanyuanli, Jenny Lou’s, or my local wet market.
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Add Some Spicy Flair to Your Weekday with Karaiya’s New Set Lunch Menu
While there are plenty of superb lunch deals in the Sanlitun area, it’s not very often that you come across a thoughtful set lunch menu at a Chinese restaurant.
From my experience, most Chinese restaurants either offer some sort of buffet spread or it’s ordered a la carte as you would at dinner. And I’m talking about the restaurants with a whole range of dishes on offer, not your neighborhood hole-in-the-wall 拉面 noodle or 盖饭 shop. And with so many of the Western restaurants all around town offering great value 2 to 3 course set lunch menus, Indian restaurants offering massive lunch buffet spreads, it makes me wonder why more Chinese restaurants don’t offer the same bang for your buck at lunch to keep up with their neighboring competitors.
Always one step ahead of the rest, Karaiya Spice House has launched a set of 9 different weekday set lunches designed for those of us who don’t want to waste too much brain power thinking about what you want to order for lunch (you’re only half-way done with your work day!) and if you prefer your lunches to be speedier than you average dinner experience.
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Pakistani Dinner Spread at Khan Baba
Khan Baba came highly recommended to me by someone who was born and raised in Pakistan and now resides with his family in Beijing. After asking others and hearing nothing but positive remarks, Khan Baba jumped to the top of my restaurant hit list. Ready with an appetite for a full spread after my role model Chef Reshma Khan (who teaches Indian and Pakistani cooking classes at The Hutong) gave me a list of her favorite dishes to try there, I’m happy to introduce fellow foodies to try Khan Baba Pakistani Restaurant.
Located on the top floor of the sadly desolate Sanlitun SOHO, Khan Baba is definitely a destination venue for people who are not fussy about a flashy entrance or dazzling ambiance and all about tasty and authentic Pakistani cuisine. For those who work nearby, take advantage of their awesome lunch deal. Monday through Friday, Khan Baba offers a big lunch buffet for only RMB 55 per person (will need to come back and LDS that).
LDS Snapshots of Khan Baba:
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