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LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: BJ Foodies, Chef Sebastian Schafer, Temple Restaurant Beijing (TRB), TRB Bites, TRB Bites@The Courtyard | 1 Comment »
1 Year Later: TRB Bites Revisted
New chef, new menu, same great fundamentals.
TRB Bites@The Courtyard has brought on a new international executive chef Sebastian Schafer last fall (August 2016) and we have heard excellent reviews. A restaurant known to provide excellent value, this one caught everyone by surprise when it opened at the end of 2015 and after a handful of visits with different foodie friends (including a BJ FOoDiEs Charity Dinner that hosted 110 guests), I was long due for a return visit.
A Grand Entrance for a Gorgeous Restaurant
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Boh Ko, Cacha Cacha, Egg Rolls, fast casual, Saigon Mama, Shanghai brand, Taikoo Li Sanlitun, Vietnamese | No Comments »
Fast Casual Vietnamese Restaurant Brand from Shanghai
Things are not all rosy in Taikoo Li. There are a core of restaurants that produce great food, have great service and seem to have a great business. At the same time, there is a large section of the upper floor where the casualties keep mounting up. Rent is expensive, and if you aren’t that visible, your offerings need to be pretty special.
Opened at the end of November 2016, Saigon Mama is the latest tenant that, based on our experience this week, won’t be joining the ranks of the long term prosperous.
First impressions were great, ticking all the initial boxes. Their interior is stylish for a fast-casual restaurant, a bit reminiscent of North Taikoo Li’s Cacha Cacha Thai restaurant (currently still under renovations). Sitting in the restaurant, you’re surrounded by shelves stocked full of hot sauce, cans of condensed milk, and other Vietnamese products. It’s stylish and the giant logo streaked with bright blue and red neon wins Saigon Mama some major cool points.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Upcoming Events | Tags: Buena Onda, Gail Ramroop, Gail's Caribbean Cuisine, Jerk Chicken, Pisco Sour, The Hatchery, Tobago, Trinidad | No Comments »
The Hatchery Re-locates to Zhangzi Zhonglu w/ Gail’s Caribbean Pop-Up
After a very abrupt demise earlier this year, the Hatchery are back!
They have moved into a new location just south of Zhangzizhonglu subway station on Dongsi Jiutiao 东四九条 in the dynamic co-working space called 5LMeet. The space itself is very interesting – it offers the use of desks by the day, beds by night (small apartments for short or long term rent), has a gym, cafe, bookstore, events space and obviously a cool concept like the Hatchery housed within.
LDS Snapshots of 5LMeet:
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Hot Tips, Upcoming Events | Tags: Apsley’s A Heinz Beck Restauran, Bottega, Champagne Devaux, Chef Fabio Strammiello, Copenhagen, Culinary Collaboration, Denmark, Fat Freddy's Brunch, Geranium, guest chef, Italy, Le Calandre, Marchal, MOKA Bros, Negroni, Pop-Up, Stefano Censi, The Georg, Vesuvio, Weekend Brunch, Winter Menu | 1 Comment »
North Side Meets South Side: A Handsome Line-Up of Talented Chefs
The boys at the Georg like to play and the kitchen is their playground.
Where all the new dish creations are first tested, plated and tasted, their kitchen has been action-packed as they’ve been busy cranking out a new winter dinner menu, new “Fat Freddy’s Brunch” menu and even a new lunch menu featuring all the tasty smørrebrøds that was launched at the joint pop-up with Moka Bros last month.
As productive as they’ve been, I suppose “boys will be boys” as Georg’s general manager Stefano Censi who is half Danish/half Italian thought it’d be good fun to bring in a fellow Italian chef for a month-long stint and, in his words, to balance out the ratio of Danish to Italian in the kitchen.
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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of Year!
The Hutong’s Winter Fayre is one of their biggest community events of the year and it also happens to be where I plan to do most of my Christmas shopping every year.
While many of Beijing’s Christmas bazaars and fairs have all been taking place across the city in various embassies and hotels over the past couple weekends, The Hutong’s Winter Fayre may be one of the smaller fayres in terms of its number of vendors and sheer capacity, but it makes up for its size with its merry vibes and abundance of spiced mulled wine.
Taking place this Saturday, December 9th from 11AM-4PM, this is a great place to stock up on prezzies for the holidays and also a great place to meet and learn about some pretty crafty and talented companies who will be showcasing the best of their merchandise!
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Chef Kenny, cocktails, comfort food, Kuan's Bar & Dining, Sanlitun, The Big Smoke, Xingfucun Zhong Lu, Xuan Zhang | 3 Comments »
Opened opposite The Big Smoke, and one restaurant down from BBC, Kuan’s (a combination of two names – Chef Kenny and co-owner Xuan Zhang) is a promising development for a building that has changed hands multiple times recently.
I will say that this review started in the worst possible way. The front door hasn’t been constructed with opening and closing as the main priority. I tend to view this as a sign from the food gods that this place is not paying attention to the details. If you want greater insight into this, look up the story about Van Halen and brown M&Ms.
However, in this instance, the door was not an ominous portent. What awaited us was simply good comfort food!
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Fabio Falanga, FU Tapas & Wine, FU 浮, Italian, Ju'er Hutong, La Dolce Vita, Mediterranean Cuisine, Mediterranean tapas, organic wines, tapas, wine | 1 Comment »