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Taste Migas’ Culinary Highlights Over the Past 6 Years
It’s hard to believe that Migas has been around for 6 years in Beijing given what a great job they do continually reinvigorating and refreshing the food, bar and rooftop. It’s true what they say – time really does fly when you’re having this much fun (at Migas!). That being said, never look a gift horse in the mouth, it’s party time!
In line with the “Migas style” of doing things, they are throwing a weekend long celebration for their 6th anniversary and are offering up 2 big parties on their rooftop, 2 food events including a Pintxo-Pote deal and a special 6-course menu for the 6 year birthday starting this Thursday, August 25 through Saturday, August 27th.
“One more anniversary! Being in the Beijing scene for six years is a big milestone, and we could not be more grateful. To every single person who has had a fun night on the rooftop with a drink in hand, or a memorable meal in the restaurant with tasty bites… Thank you! You keep us inspired and motivated. It’s been six wonderful years and we have no intention of slowing down! See you at the anniversary celebrations!” – Team Migas
LumDimSum | Filed under: Bars & Nightlife | Tags: 4 Nine City, Andingmen, Baijiu, bar, Bar 4 Nine, bar snacks, Beijingy, Chinese medicinal herbs, cocktails, Douzhi, East Hotel, Fragrant Mountain cocktail, Gulou, Old Gangster cocktail, Peking's Past, The Hutong Hipster, Xian Bar, Xian Lao Man 馅老满, 泗酒城, 豆汁 | No Comments »
I am coining a new adjective in this post: Beijingy. Bar 4 Nine 泗酒城 is really Beijingy.
It represents the flourishing of something that I have hoped to see for the entirety of my time in Beijing. Local Beijingers, skilled and knowledgeable with regards to the modern, but proud of their heritage putting forth really high quality products in a thoughtful, quaint atmosphere.
Bar 4 Nine is named after an old name for the city – the 4 representing the 4 inner gates to the Forbidden City and the 9 being the 9 outer gates that now follow the circular Line 2 Subway. A bar created between 3 owners (2 Chinese bartenders and an American), the one who created the concept for the bar is an old Beijinger (old as in he is local – 老北京, not in reference to his age as he is quite young!) and wanted to demonstrate that China may well be modernising and adopting Western habits, but Chinese culture still has a lot to offer.
Located above a chicken restaurant just south of Xianlaoman Dumpling House 馅老满- the best way to find it is to look for the large red “鸡” sign that hangs outside on Andingmen Nei Dajie – then walk through the restaurant and up the stairs in the back. But if you are coming to the bar after 10PM (after the chicken restaurant closes), then note that they do remove the illuminating 鸡 signage and replace it with their own nicely branded sign.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Dubujib, Grand Summit, Korean, Liangmaqiao | 1 Comment »
Dubujib means tofu house in Korean, and the restaurant specializes in tofu-based Korean soups. Located in the basement of the Liangmaqiao Grand Summit, it is tucked away in the farthest corner, next to the currently shuttered food court. Don’t let that put you off, it is worth the visit!
Knowing that they are jam-packed daily during weekday lunch hours with lines out their door with hungry foodies who don’t want anything other than Dubujib, we strategically timed our visit at 8pm on a Monday night cause waiting for a table when you’re hungry is the worst.
As soon as we sat down, we had a glance through their 2-page menu that opens like file folder. The menu is very focused, mainly geared around tofu soups and bibimbaps, bulgogi and a couple of signature seafood items. While you really can’t go wrong on the menu – everything we had was excellent and it’s not “hit or miss” like other places. That being said, I’ve still got a solid selection of recommendations based on reflections.
LDS Snapshots of Dubujib:
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Thanks to a tip-off by a fellow foodie Ms. Sophie Van Pelt, I learned that La Dolce Vita was a new gem that needed to be rediscovered after a new Italian manager/chef that’s come on board. After doing some research, I discovered that La Dolce Vita has actually been open in Beijing for 13 years (since 2003)! It has, however, recently come under new management and moved locations. Tucked away behind Sanlitun’s infamous Bar Street, round the corner from Smugglers and next to The Tree, the new La Dolce Vita is on the second floor of the Youth Hostel Building. It is simply decorated, yet feels very warm and homely and sets the stage for the entire experience.
LDS Snapshots of La Dolce Vita:
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Avocado Tree, bagels, burrito, Chipotle, City Mall, fresh juices, guacamole, Liangmaqiao, quesadillas, smoothies, tacos, Westin Hotel, yogurt, 油梨树 | 1 Comment »
Avocado Tree: Serving Up Guacamole in All It’s Glory
As a Californian, I was a Chipotle regular but admittedly more out of convenience and peer pressure (my friends were hooked). For those who aren’t familiar with Chipotle, it is widely known as the ”healthy” fast-food Mexican grill chain that spread like wildfire across America. Over the past few years in Beijing, I’ve heard people talk about Avocado Tree 油梨树, but mostly in comparison to Chipotle. While I was keen to reminisce the days I used to eat at Chipotle multiple times a week, Avocado Tree’s older branches have been based out in Wudaokou, Shunyi and Sanyuanqiao – all out of arm’s reach and I’ll be honest – I was never all that crazy about Chipotle anyway so I never made the effort to go out of my way to seek out a meal at Avocado Tree until recently.
A growing restaurant empire with 5 branches spread across Beijing, one of Avocado Tree’s newer, swankier branches is in City Mall (or PingAn Mall on the northwest side of Liangmaqiao, just west of the Westin Hotel) and after my first ever visit to this location, I have since been back 3 times in the past week in spite of the torrential downpour of summer rain that’s left our city a hot, flooded mess. Needless to say, that’s a whole lot more effort than I ever gave Chipotle back in California.
Avocado Tree has been in existence since 2010, which goes to show you that some businesses do take time to mature and hit their stride. I am very glad that Avocado Tree has had time to do just that as their branch in Liangmaqiao and most recently in Sanlitun’s food-filled Topwin Mall is a godsend if you live/work in the area and want something tasty and healthy for lunch.
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Not the Standard Café Food at Mercedes Me Café
If you hadn’t noticed the large Mercedes “Me” sign in Sanlitun, then congratulations on climbing out from under your rock. In a loud, brash and unsubtle move, Mercedes have shoved their brand front and center of the Sanlitun area. Having already sampled the Chinese restaurant Sifang Sanchuan upstairs, I was keen to see what other food a car company can crank out in their Me Café on the 1st floor of Topwin Center.
Directly Across from Sanlitun Taikoo Li’s Uniqlo, Mercedes Me is Splashing Out
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Hot Tips | Tags: Buena Onda, Francisco Chia, Hatchery, Juan Carlos Chia, Maria Chia, Mosto, Nikkei, Pachakutiq, Peruvian, Peruvian Pisco, Pisco Sour, Pop-Up, RAW Peruvian Pop-Up | No Comments »