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LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Japanese, Maizidian, omakase, Sanlitun, sashimi, sushi, tatami, Tsukiji, Weekday Lunch Deal, weekday set lunch, Yotsuba, Yotsuba 四叶 | No Comments »
Yotsuba’s Lunch Deal is Lavishly Rewarding
You might think that RMB 150 is too much to pay for a set lunch when you can get plenty of fantastic lunch options for half the price, but don’t be so quick to dismiss.
Yotsuba 四叶 has a strong reputation for fresh and high quality fish flown in straight from Tokyo’s Tsukiji market. And as much as I have enjoyed the few dining experiences that I have had at Yotsuba, it’s just not possible to dine here regularly unless you don’t mind spending over RMB 800-1,000 per person for a dinner. So that’s why I’m singing praises for their weekday lunch sets because it is significantly more affordable than ordering off their a la carte menu (don’t even think about saying “Omakase” for chef’s choice menu) and though you might think that RMB 150 is a bit of a splurge for lunch, you’ll walk out of Yotsuba feeling grateful having fully satisfied your fresh sashimi/sushi/seafood cravings.
LDS Snapshots of Sushi Yotsuba:
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Hunanese in the Hutongs
Though the name is a bit misleading, Nice Rice 百米粒 is such a hutong dining gem.
Just be forewarned that this is not a restaurant based on rice dishes and although the dishes are very nice, I think that the adjective “nice” is not exactly the word I’d use to describe what this restaurant really is – a spot to dig into some spicy Hunanese cuisine. “Nice” ought to imply “delicate” or “sweet” dishes, perhaps Cantonese or something comforting like home-cooked style Chinese cuisine that’s a bit more subdued on the palate. But Nice Rice is actually popular for its bold and spiciness so just make sure that’s what you can expect when you come.
One of the reasons why I visit Nice Rice as often as I do is for its location and decor as much as the food. Though there are many charming Yunnan restaurants spread throughout Gulou’s hutongs, there just aren’t as many quaint and stylish Chinese restaurants in the hutongs featuring other Chinese cuisines like Hunan, Sichuan, etc. I don’t mean that there aren’t any, just not as many as I’d like to see. I think Nice Rice sets a great example with its tasteful decor, it’s simple yet bold dishes and reasonable prices.
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Xalapa Mexican Food + Mistica Cafe + NBeer Pub
tl;dr Great if you’re in the area. Go for a beer in NBeer Pub when you finish!
Xalapa may seem like in an odd place. Named after a city near the Mexican gult, this is a traditional Mexican restaurant that was actually first opened in Argentina, and has now been transported to Beijing. Even its location seems rather random. Located at Huguosi 护国寺街, this is a Chinese traditional snack street to the west of Houhai 后海, near Pinganli 平安里 subway station.
It has all the classic hallmarks of a hutong tourist trap with a supposed ban on cars, renovated hutongs and a bunch of people selling stuff you would never want to buy. It also has a brand new looking shopping centre called Huguo Xintiandi (ring a bell?) which houses, among other cafes and retail shops, Xalapa and NBeer brewpub.
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Don’t Judge a Tomato Before You’ve Had a Taste
Are you guilty of buying only beautiful tomatoes? Quick to judge the taste of a tomato by its exterior appearance?
Traitor Zhou’s is about to blow your prior judgements of tomatoes out of the water with its 1st Annual Ugly Tomato Festival. They’re here to celebrate tomatoes that may be ugly on the outside but absolutely delicious on the inside. Collaborating with organic farm Little Willow Farm, Traitor Zhou’s will be providing ugly organic tomatoes of all sizes and varieties to 11 different restaurants and bars around Beijing throughout the months of August and September.
“Too often we jump to judge based on looks rather than what lies deep inside. We pick those perfectly round and firm ones that are around all year only to find out later that they have sucked our bank accounts dry and moved onto the burger. While that imperfect and a little soft and chubby (on certain scales!) gem is there for a short period each year, bursting with natural sugars and flavours for us.” – Traitor Zhou’s
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Wake Up and Give Yourself a Healthy Start to Your Day
One of the most health-conscious restaurants in Beijing, Obentos Japanese restaurant is spreading health and happiness to Beijingers with some exciting summer news of a new store opening. After revamping their menu with brand-new and revised signature salads, bento boxes, grain bowls and smoothies, they’re getting ready for expansion with their next store opening in Liangmaqiao.
Part of their always adapting and updated Obentos brand concept will include a new breakfast menu starting from 8AM-10:30AM Monday-Friday and 9AM-11:30AM on the weekends.
“Eating healthy isn’t just about having a healthy lunch and we want to make sure we have you covered from morning till night. As they say breakfast is the most important meal of the day and we want to make sure you get off to the best possible nutritious start. By starting the day with a power breakfast packed with the right nutrients we kick start our metabolism, boost energy, brainpower, and overall productivity. Moreover, enjoying a balanced breakfast will prevent you from snacking on sugary snacks later on in the day.”
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It’s Christmas in July: Aussie Meat Pies are BAAAAACK!
When Two Guys and a Pie closed down their doors of their little pie shop in the little alleyway behind Sanlitun (across from Nearby the Tree and just east of Mr. Shi’s new snazzy Sanlitun shop), we all shed a tear of deep, deep sadness.
But as of today, co-founder Matthew Wong has just released the breaking news that they have re-opened a little shop on the same street just between Mr. Shi’s and Tiger Mama. That’s right people, it’s time to open your pie hole and start chowing down on all your favorite pies. Oh, how I’ve missed that Sweet Tweet Pie (for those who are unfamiliar with Two Guys and a Pie’s catchy pie names, this is their pie with Golden Honey Soy Chicken filling).
And to celebrate this very special occasion, starting this Friday (today!) they’ll be selling Aussie beers all weekend for only RMB 20 to help you wash down all that pie-loving goodness. The perfect Aussie combo.
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