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By Timothy Hollingsworth, Otium is L.A.’s Most Exciting New F&B Destination
With a location surrounded by iconic L.A. landmarks (it stands literally next to The Broad Art Museum) and a head chef who worked at The French Laundry, Otium has some serious pedigree. Under Timothy Hollingsworth’s (who cut his teeth at the French Laundry) leadership, Otium has emerged as one of the most talked about restaurants in the city.
The space is beautiful. Large open windows allow light in from everywhere, illuminating the centrepiece of the restaurant, the open kitchen. The design does a great job of explaining what kind of an experience you will have here. Incredible quality, yet easily accessible. The waiters are warm and friendly, the atmosphere is lively and you won’t feel like the menu is written in a foreign language. The restaurant itself says the name Otium is meant to: “emphasize a place where time can be spent on leisurely social activities”.
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Zhang Mama: a better, spicier version of home-cooking
I’ll admit I can be skeptical when it comes to Chinese restaurants. All too often I hear people get excited about a restaurant that is simply not bad. And when I say not bad I mean not actively bad. I find that that there are only a handful of trusted restaurants that I would ever consider taking out of town guests to, because most places are just not up to scratch.
With that in mind, I approached Zhang Mama 张妈妈特色川味馆 hesitantly both because I thought it might be over-hyped and also the idea of waiting outside in the cold for an indefinite amount of time sounded unbearably frustrating. But I’m a sucker for peer pressure and there were more than several trusted foodies raving about the place. With a newly updated Restaurant Hit List for 2016 and Zhang Mama right at the top, it was time. …and the promise of a pre-dinner wine guzzle to warm us up for the cold wait, I was inevitably coaxed into going. It was worth it. And now I’m kicking myself for not getting myself here sooner.
So a few things about the place: first up, there are 2 locations. The original on Fensiting Hutong (across from Rager Pie), where you are almost guaranteed not to get a table, and the new location on Jiaodaokou (across from Katchup), where you might be able to. They don’t take reservations so plan accordingly.
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He Kitchen & Co: New Opening on Wudaoying
The launch of Wudaoying’s newest opening took place this past weekend during an all-day Food & Drink Festival on where the Saffron team Yaoyang and Li Yang teamed up with the Woodstock of Eating team to organize 6 hours of food, drinks and music entertainment across their Wudaoying F&B outlets including Saffron, Chi Restaurant, and their newest restaurant space He Kitchen & Co.
Though the venue is called He, 喝 the ‘drink’ counterpart to their Chi restaurant 吃, ‘He’ is more than just a bar concept. They offer breakfast, brunch, various tapas and desserts alongside a special wine selection and good drinks available from morning until evening for all those wine-loving hipsters.
During the Wudaoying Food & Drink Festival, He was serving food by Saffron To Go – a spread that included a large platter of squid, cup portions of saucy meatballs, and a range of toppings to spread onto a selection of flatbread and bread rolls. A bit of a mishmash offering, but all very tasty. On the other side of the entrance bar were beverages and a little cart making cotton candy.
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Introducing Hatsune’s January Specialty Dish of the Month
I’ve been switched on to Beef Tongue ever since The Taco Bar introduced their Lengua Tacos into my life. So for anyone who thinks Beef Tongue sounds weird, think again.
I find that it doesn’t matter where I am in the world, many different cuisines will feature beef tongue on their menus. And whenever I order a beef tongue dish, it’s guaranteed to be juicy and tender. And Hatsune’s Sizzling Beef Tongue Rice Bowl is no exception.
Showcased as their monthly featured dish of the month, this off-menu dish is worth a trip to Hatsune alone. No longer will you be only craving their California-style sushi creations. The well-marbled beef over a bed of rice and topped with diced spring onions and nori strips is served to your table still very pink. Don’t be alarmed, your server will then politely ask you for permission to pour in a small cup of thick Yakiniku sauce covered in sesame seeds. Once the sauce is poured right on top, your server will proceed to thoroughly mix up all the ingredients in the hot stone pot, which turns the beef tongue to a light brown color.
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Oh Lordy, these Mini Stuffed Bagel Bombs just might be the end of me…
9cm Bagel 贝果客 is a Beijing-based bagel company that started making hand-rolled New York-style bagels from just a small kitchen in mid-September and are already making a name for themselves for their quality and innovative bagel-line of products!
“Here to comfort the homesick American and Canadian expatriates, 9cm Bagel is serious about making and delivering real hand-rolled New York style bagels to bagel lovers in Beijing. Our bagels are baked fresh daily and deliver to you straight from our bakery.” – 9cm Bagel
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Modo Celebrates its 5th Anniversary with an Updated Menu!
We recently had the pleasure of being invited to Modo‘s 5th anniversary party where we toasted to their success and tried out their new, updated menu.
Modo has survived some and thrived where many others have not. Reaching the 5 year mark in Beijing despite the fire regulations forcing a major renovation in Taikoo Li is a worthy achievement and long may it continue!
While we’ve always stuck to a handful of tried and true items on Modo’s healthy menu (their Quinoa Salad with Warm Roasted Veggies (RMB 68) is an all-time fav), we were delighted to try a few new dishes that are designed to warm you up this chilly winter season!
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