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You have 4 days max to act on the information I’m about to tell you. So don’t hesitate because with a blink of an eye, you might miss out on one of the coolest culinary events I’ve witnessed in Beijing yet.
Lucky for us, Beijing is first up in a crazy line-up of 20 countries where a crafty group of chefs have come up with a brilliant concept called One Star House Party, where these chefs will be traveling around the world to learn about cuisines in 20 different countries. They spend 1 month in a location researching the culinary culture, history and trends, then they produce an amazing meal for a lucky few individuals who manage to snap up the limited number of tables available.
We’ve seen our fair share of Culinary Pop-Ups around town from the very casual to the very glamorous, but this event takes the concept of a “pop-up dinner” to a level Beijing has never seen before. From the making of their own tables and furniture to the fact that you have an unparalleled team of six world-class chefs cooking together a menu made from scratch, this global tour gives the “pop-up restaurant” concept a whole new meaning.
They are operating out of The Opposite House until Friday, September 30th, so get booking!
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A Taste of Tex-Mex Flavor
How this location has stayed hidden and unoccupied for so long, I have no idea, but Lucky Lopez has an apt name in managing to find such a great plot.
Hidden in a courtyard just behind Nearby the Tree in Sanlitun, Lucky Lopez has actually been around since 2010, with their first location in Jianwai SOHO in the CBD. Initially a burrito spot, they have expanded their menu for this new location and you’ll find all the comfort staples of Mexican-American cuisine.
Having the pleasure to sit down and chat with Lucky Lopez’s Executive Chef and Managing Partner June Chow, it really gave our dining experience a whole new meaning and appreciation for what June and her brother Schubert Chow have created. While June and Schubert grew up in the northeast – New Jersey/New York area with a family background of restauranteurs, June moved to Dallas about 20 years ago. She made her way to Beijing to satisfy Schubert’s cravings for quality Mexican food and this began their mission to bring Dallas-inspired Tex-Mex to Beijing.
“I am self taught and learn from my family, friends and great home cooks. I like to take liberties with recipes (aka, never follow them to the T) and operate on the notion that you find a great platform of ingredients and build ideas from it.
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Long Live Lau Pa Sak’s Savoury and Moreish Black Carrot Cake
Time slows for no man, and Beijing too, slows for no man.
It’s just my luck for Lau Pa Sak 老巴刹 to move locations just a few weeks after I move into the building just next to its original home, south of the Canadian Embassy. When I first saw the original location gutted, I initially thought Lau Pa Sak was the latest casualty of the endless development of the city, but was pleased to hear that it had already found a new home in Sanlitun SOHO. A place I’ve thoroughly enjoyed over the years for a quick and tasty lunch, I went to check out their new digs and make sure that it still lived up to it’s old incarnation.
Sanlitun SOHO constantly strikes me as a place where hairdressers go to have children, who then turn out to be hairdressers. Somewhere in the mess, there are a few places worth visiting (One Pot by SSAM Korean restaurant, that new(ish), jam-packed Hunan noodle spot, and Jian Archery Bar) but they are never particularly easy to find. The same is true of Lau Pa Sak’s new location. On the ground floor, it is located on the south side of Tower 3. Expect to walk in circles because we did too.
Still in a similar design of casual dining, the new Lau Pa Sak is smaller than its previous location, but I don’t think people have quite figured out that they’ve moved and where they’ve moved to so you don’t need to worry about waiting for a table like you had to before.
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The Raffles mall is a strange place. It isn’t high end, and yet it also doesn’t fit in the mould of the crappy Chinese malls that exist throughout the city that you never visit unless your bank happens to have a branch inside. There are some decent shops and eateries in this mall, but I don’t actually know people who go out of their way to eat there unless they’re already there shopping.
It’s interesting that Casa Talia by Tiago chose this stage and it is quite apt for a restaurant that also doesn’t quite understand it’s place in the world. It is a restaurant with incredible potential – the interior design is elegant and tasteful and they have a focused menu featuring innovative, luxurious Mediterranean tapas and shared dishes ranging from a 1.6kg Australian Grain-fed Tomahawk Steak (RMB 888), Boston Lobster and a signature nitrogen tiramisu (RMB 128). The creator behind these indulgent dishes is none other than very talented Italian chef Corrado Michelazzo, the executive chef at 10 Corso Como in Shanghai.
He sums up his culinary background quite nicely here -
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From a teeny, tiny little taproom on Dongsi Batiao, Slow Boat Brewery has decided to go the other extreme with their new flagship brewpub in South Sanlitun (across from the new Intercontinental Hotel) with a gigantic 3-story building with a bar on each level and a grand total of 36 taps (4 taps on the first floor and 16 taps on the 2nd and 3rd floor). Not only is this is huge game changer for Slow Boat Brewery, this new brewpub now takes the title for biggest brewpub in Beijing.
More than just a new flagship location for Slow Boat, this also marks the first branch where all brewing will be done on premise and their 18 brewing tanks are in full view like an open kitchen for their brew process.
“Beer brewed on premises will be consumed on premises directly from the tanks or from freshly filled kegs. Twenty different beers will be available – some only at the Sanlitun location. All water used on premises goes though a reverse osmosis filter before usage. Over three floors there is a total of 18 brewing tanks with an annual capacity of 2,200 bbls or over 550,000 servings.” - Slow Boat Sanlitun Flagship
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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
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