LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Alfie's, Alfie's by Alfred Dunhill, British food, Business Lunch, Café Flo, Dunhill store, Parkview Green, Parkview Green Lunch Series, Weekday Lunch Deal | No Comments »
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: ARUP, B. Ooger, Brasserie Flo, Business Lunch, Café Flo, French pastries, IWC, Mosto, Parkview Green, Parkview Green Lunch Series, SmartBeijing, Stella McCartney, Weekday Lunch Deal | 2 Comments »
Pretty Parkview Green (Photo Courtesy of ARUP)
Thus begins a short series of posts on the set lunch options in the Parkview Green mall, just south of Dongdaqiao subway station on Dongdaqiao Road.
Parkview Green is the Beijing venture built by the Parkview group which started out in Hong Kong. Environmentally friendly, decked out with a large collection of art and home to Stella McCartney, IWC and a whole host of other luxury brands, the building itself is worth having a look round. It should be pointed out from the outset that there is a food court in Parkview Green with some more affordable options than the following restaurants, but that it requires a keycard that you deposit money on to use. If you want to go for a business lunch or are simply there shopping and want something a little more upscale to eat, then this is more aimed at you.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Upcoming Events | Tags: Des Bishop, Drew Fralick, Pete Johansson, The Bookworm, The Humor Section | No Comments »
The Humor Section hosts Headliner
“Charmingly dry and smart, Johansson is a wonderfully funny storyteller.” - Three Weeks
Get 2015 off to a laughing start with the first English language Humor Section stand-up comedy show at The Bookworm this Sunday, January 18 from 8PM-10PM.
As per usual, the event will be hosted by Irish-American Comedian Des Bishop who will be introducing a handful of support acts, and this month’s headliner is Canadian comedian Pete Johansson.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: ancient capital, Gongti Beilu, Ming Dynasty, Nanjing Impressions, Peking Duck, Shimao Department Store, 南京大牌档 | No Comments »
Nanjing Impressions’ Lantern Lined Ceiling is Made to Impress
Located on Gongti Beilu on the fourth floor of Shimao Department Store, Nanjing Impressions (南京大牌档) is a monster of a restaurant with a sea of tables, and yet, there’s still a line out the door of regulars who can’t get enough.
Once a city that was home to emperors in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and again when the Nationalist Party under Chiang Kai-shek returned the capital to Nanjing in 1927, Nanjing remains the capital of Jiangsu province. Famous for its small tapas style street foods, this is also where Beijing’s notorious Peking Duck hails from before the capital moved to where it remains today.
The first time I came to Nanjing Impressions was for a birthday bash with about 30 guests spread across three massive round tables in the restaurant’s private rooms. My expectations are never high for big group dinners in Chinese restaurants as venues are often picked more for the social atmosphere and affordable prices rather than taste or quality of the food, but after tasting our way through countless dishes (I’m guessing the majority of the menu), I was so impressed that I came back the very next day so that I could write this LDS post. And if you think that’s a little crazy, you’ll find it hard to believe me when I say that none other than the birthday girl herself surprised us by turning up to pick up her fapiao! As we were just getting started with our meal, she also sat down to join us for a second round of birthday Nanjing Impressions. That’s right, it’s so good here that she was happy to spend two back-to-back birthday dinners here!
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Chateau Latour-Martillac, China Wines & Spirits (CWS), Domus, Forbidden City, Frankie Zou, Huayi Brothers Media Film Production Company, Ignace Lecleir, Temple Restaurant Beijing (TRB) | No Comments »
Savor the Fine Fusion Dance of Flavors at Domus
Wanting to start 2015 off strong, I’ve been saving this gem up my sleeves for a couple of weeks now.
After a 4 year disappearance, I am delighted to share that Domus on Nanchizi Road 南池子大街, just steps away from the Forbidden City, is back and ready to make your taste buds swoon.
Since my surprise re-visit to Domus Restaurant & Lounge this summer to attend a Chateau Latour-Martillac wine tasting organized by CWS, I’ve since been back a handful of times to taste test their developing food menu over the course of the past few months.
Though the restaurant decor and ambiance of the venue has remained relatively unchanged over the past few years, everything else has been swapped out and redirected. Under new ownership by the Huayi Brothers Media Film Production Company and new management with the GM none other than the incredibly talented mixologist Frankie Zou, formerly of Temple Restaurant Beijing, it’s clear that Domus’ elegant service has been trained by the best, the incredible house-infused drinks are by Frankie the mixology master himself, and the food menu gives a twist on contemporary French dishes with a splash of traditional Chinese-inspired flair.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Hot Tips, Upcoming Events | Tags: 5Js Pure Ibérico Ham, Agua, Capital M, Castillo de Canena Olive Oil, Christmas, Christmas Eve, Christmas Menus, Christmas Raffle, Crios wines, Don Julio Reserva Tequila, Eth Restille Iberian charcuterie, Fatface Dining, Guillardeau Oysters, Hatsune, Havana Rum Selección de Maestros, holidays, Jonny Walker Blue Label Whisky, Migas, Moishe House, Mosto, Single Malt Scotch Bruichladdich, Special Menu, The London Nº1 Gin, Ugly Sweater Party, Veuve Clicquot Brut, Wine La Vicalada Reserva 2008, 京A Capital Brewing Co., 京A Taproom | 1 Comment »
Celebrate Christmas with Festivities All Over Town!
With Christmas just a few days away, here’s a round-up of Beijing’s top X-mas dinners, parties and events to consider in your holiday plans this week! *Note that festivities begin Christmas Eve and continue through the 25th. (NYE events to follow next!)
If you’re feeling a bit lost in a city far from home without any set Christmas plans, fear not as there are plenty of options available to you. Whether you’re looking for a casual party or something worth splurging on, there’s still plenty of quality options for special Christmas Eve and Christmas Day lunch & dinner menus at Beijing’s most lively dining destinations.
Here’s to wishing you all a very Merry Christmas with loved ones!
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: all day breakfast, Brandon Trowbridge, Grain Bowls, organic, salads, T-BAO, Tribe Organic, Winter Menu | 2 Comments »
Tribe Extends Menu & Opening Hours this Winter
For the first time since they opened, Tribe Organic has updated their menu to include 5 all-day breakfast items (from wraps to shakshuka and banana buckwheat pancakes), vegan sushi rolls made with brown and red rice, and 3 different fillings of little trio T-BAO’s made from buckwheat and whole wheat flour (photo above).
While these new category items now take up the left-side real estate of their menu, Chef Brandon Trowbridge (of NOLA restaurant and former menu consultant of Burger Bar in Parkview Green) has also created in some fabulous new additions to their salads, their moreish sides and noodles.
In line with the weather and seasonal produce, they now have quite a few warming and comforting dishes including some salad options that you wouldn’t necessarily consider on a cold winter’s day. I have a soft spot for their Roast Cauliflower Salad (RMB 65) but for those who like a kick of spice, try their new Sichuan Chicken Chop Salad (RMB 58) that was inspired by Tribe’s Executive Director Yvonne Yu who hails from Sichuan.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: advanced booking, farm-to-table cuisine, grower's select, Hani GeJiu 哈尼个旧, local sources, organic, organic farm, Private Kitchen, seasonal harvest, set menu, Stone's Kitchen, Sue Zhou, SueZhouDoesFood, Wang Jing, 石头私厨 | No Comments »
Book Your Private Organic Dinner at Stone’s Kitchen in Wang Jing
Introduced to me by my multi-talented and well-connected foodie friend Sue Zhou, a skilled and dedicated chef, co-restaurant owner of Hani Gejiu Yunnan restaurant and founder of creative catering and culinary consulting service suezhoudoesfood, I first dined at Stone’s Kitchen with a group of 11 fellow foodies organized by the one and only Sue Zhou.
Even with the location a bit more out of reach in Wang Jing, all 11 of us had our faith and loyalty in Sue’s high-standards for food quality and discerning palate and knew it would be worth the effort of getting out there. And we were right.