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September 4-14th: 10 Days of Fine Dining at Affordable Prices
DiningCity‘s upcoming Restaurant Week fall edition starts tomorrow! With many of the popular restaurants already getting booked up, you’ll want to be quick and try to squeeze in some last minute bookings while you still can.
After running a couple of years already, they are back with bigger list than ever before – a grand total of 63 participating restaurants, each restaurant preparing exclusive set menus priced at two tiers – RMB 78 or RMB 128 for lunch and RMB 168 or 258 for dinner.
“Restaurants are preparing a special tasting menu for this week only. During Restaurant Week you can try the best 3-course set menus in town, starting at RMB 78 for lunch and RMB 168 for dinner.” – DiningCity.com
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Sake Manzo’s Long Sushi Bar
I like to think of Sake Manzo as my little neighborhood’s hidden secret (it’s literally a 2 minute walk from my apartment complex), but I’m reminded how wrong I am every time I go because it’s packed all the time. It’s so popular among both locals and foreigners alike even though no one really ever seems to talk about it. Maybe it’s because we all share the mentality of wanting to keep Sake Manzo our own secret, but based on the steady flow of regulars, the word is out.
Owned by a Japanese sake distributor with the biggest stock of premium sake bottles available in the city and the ingrained trait for being passionate about food quality (as you would expect from a meticulous and hard-working Japanese restaurant owner). Reading through Sake Manzo’s extensive menu, you can read all about their promise to follow the Slow Food movement. They strive as much as they can to support local farmers and serve food that is seasonal, local, fresh and wholesome.
Most of the staff are Chinese-speaking but the menus are all in Japanese, Chinese and English so communication isn’t an issue. Having said that, be sure to ask for the English version of the daily specials on offer (though I had difficulty understanding what most dishes were as only the Japanese name was given). I’ve tried making an effort to order a couple dishes off their daily specials menu, but every time, I revert back to a few spectacular dishes they have on their regular menu that are tough to beat.
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The Hutong’s India Culinary Expedition
“Our tour is specially designed for travelers and food lovers who are venturing into India for the first time. We’ve picked destinations that will ensure that the traveler can sample the rich cultural heritage, the numerous religions, traditional folk arts, the varied terrains and above all the diversity of its multi layered cuisine.”
India has been at the top of my bucket list for the past 2 years but the big question for me has always been – how do I eat my way through India’s incredible cuisines without getting sick? How would I know where to go for the best local specialties and what’s best to avoid? I’ve heard of so many horror stories of India trips being ruined by immobilizing stomach bugs and that’s the worst.
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New Menu Additions Worth a Visit to Cantina Agave
When Cantina Agave first opened in Beijing in March 2013, it was caused quite a stir as their popularity in Shanghai is unparalleled by any other Mexican taqueria and tequileria. Famous for their California-Mexican style menu dishes and serving over 100 types of tequila, this trendy Shanghai brand managed to lock in a sweet location across from Flamme restaurant on the 3rd floor of Sanlitun Taikoo Li Village. Making a big splash at their opening party, Cantina quickly made a name for themselves as a hot spot for tequila shots and tasty cocktails.
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BJ FOoDieS Returns to the Reinvented SSAM restaurant now called One Pot
SSAM is not a new restaurant in Beijing, but it’s been reinvented into One Pot 一锅 by SSAM and I’m delighted to share that the BJ FOoDiEs team is hosting their next dinner here on Sunday, August 31st from 7:30-9:30PM.
Though the restaurant’s popular whole roasted beer chicken has received decent media coverage across various magazines and blogs, I still don’t think that this restaurant has reached the mainstream foodie scene so I’m hoping that this upcoming event will make a splash because Chef Andrew Ahn of One Pot by SSAM is a very talented chef who deserves much more credit and praise (this is the same chef that is currently corresponding with Chef Rob Cunningham of EAST hotel in Lido to organize the menu for their upcoming Carnivore Club feast).
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: 798 Art District, Alan Wong, Breakfast in One, Green Detoxer, Hatsune Restaurant Group, Immune Booster, juice, Paleo Power, Robert Bernell, salads, smoothies, Timezone 8 | No Comments »
Super Smoothies by Timezone 8 (in 798 Art District)
One of Beijing’s coolest contemporary Chinese art district neighborhoods, 798 is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike where you can browse new exhibitions in different galleries while shopping for quirky, artsy souvenirs and follow around dozens of wedding couples seeking that edgy, industrial look.
As much as I love spending the day in 798, it gets exhausting. Luckily for the thousands of people who stop by for a visit every day, there are a growing number of dining options and cafes to satiate your thirst and hunger. Glad to have more options but it’s still going to be a hit-or-miss so best to not just go into a venue at random.
One of my tried and true favorites of 798 is Timezone 8, a Western restaurant started by Texan Robert Bernell who is also one of the original founders of the 798 Art District back before it became a hotspot hub for creative artists. I was delighted when Robert teamed up with restauranteur Alan Wong of the Hatsune Restaurant Group to open up a sushi section in 2012 and now I’m very pleased to share a new development – their new smoothie/juice menu!
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