LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Hot Tips, Travel | Tags: amphitheatre, ballroom, Beijing Devils rugby team, board room, boutique hotel, CHAO hotel, CHAO Signature 60, CHAO Suite 80, CHAO 巢, chef's table, cinema, Club Bar, Drawing Room, free WIFI, Glasshouse, hotel rooms, live band, Living Room Kitchen & Bar, Nespresso Coffee, outdoor swimming pool, Private Dining Room, Sanlitun, The Den, VOD | 1 Comment »
LumDimSum | Filed under: Charity, Foodies & Dining Scene, Upcoming Events | Tags: Beyond Yakitori, BJ Foodies, Brian Germain, Charity Dinner, Cou Cou, Gangnam, Gangnam Tapas, ISIS, Kara Tepe Refugee Camp, Korean, Korean Tapas, Makguli Korean rice wine, One Pot 一锅 by SSAM, Sanlitun, soju, Soju cocktails, Soju Pairings, Sulyi, Topwin Center | 1 Comment »
The Topwin Center continues its opening spree. Next up on the menu is Sulyi, a Korean tapas restaurant with the former chef for the Korean embassy at the helm. Sulyi means “cheers” in Korean and with what promises to be a very nice balcony area, this restaurant could become a great destination for a fun soju-fuelled night before the cold sets in.
A project that started in 2014, Sulyi sets itself apart from other Korean restaurants in Beijing by focusing on Gangnam, Korean style tapas dishes. You may have heard of Gangnam thanks to PSY’s catchy tune and even catchier dance moves, which refers to a trendy and hip district in Seoul where fashion and style is top notch. According to Sulyi’s owners, they aim to bring “Gangnam” to Beijing’s hip hood Sanlitun through Gangnam tapas and home-made ‘Makguli’ Korean rice wine in fruity flavors at 4% and a special selection of Soju sold exclusively at Sulyi.
Sulyi is located on the 3rd floor of the food-crazed Topwin Center, next to Beyond Yakitori and opposite Cou Cou, the much talked about high end hotpot offering from Xiabu Xiabu.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Japanese food, Japanese Tapas, Maizidian, Pre-Opening Menu, Vin Vie, Vin Vino, wine, wine cocktails, 萬久 | 4 Comments »
From the people who brought you possibly my favourite lesser known restaurant in Beijing Vin Vie 萬火, comes a new opening: Vin Vino 萬久. For those of you who have been to Vin Vie, you will know that it is an izakaya style restaurant that also happens to offer a bunch of wine. Vin Vino extends this concept further. It is based around “Japanese Tapas” and wine.
It must be said that this makes the restaurant a pretty odd place to eat in. None of the Japanese influence is visible in the decoration as it looks more like a pseudo-Mediterranean bistro. At the same time, one glance at the menu and you will notice a lot of shiso leaf, soy sauce, tofu and other classic Japanese staples coexisting with ratatouille and risotto.
Furthermore, you’ll eat to the sounds of a soundtrack that seems to have been assembled by someone with multiple personality disorder. We counted atmospheric orchestral songs, Swedish pop, hardcore hip hop and more all in one evening. Yeah it’s a strange beast but don’t let that put you off. If anything, this should spark your curiosity.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Upcoming Events | Tags: Alan Wong, Amy Roll, Clayton Roll, Hatsune, Hatsune Kerry, LumDimSum Roll, Moto Roll, sushi making class, Sushi Samurai | 1 Comment »
Owner & Sushi Samurai Alan-san Teaches his Sushi Secrets
Famous for their unique and playful signature sushi rolls, Hatsune is the original California-style sushi creators in China.
And with over half of the sushi rolls listed on Hatsune’s menu already named after and created by their die-hard, loyal customers over the years, they know that their sushi lovers are as crafty as they are insatiable. Hatsune doesn’t like playing by the rules because as long as the ingredients are attainable, anything is fair game. The biggest limiting factor is really only your imagination when it comes to creating your ultimate dream sushi roll.
“Since Hatsune first opened over 14 years ago (in 2001), we’ve built a tremendously close community of sushi addicts whose opinions we respect, feedback we value, and for successful sushi ideas that have come to them over the years, we also give due credit, rewarding each with name recognition on our menu every time they came to us with their own dream sushi creation. Some of our most popular sushi rolls are dedicated to our valued addicts – from the Moto-Roll, Pastor Roll, Clayton Roll and Amy Roll, these are all real addicts who either created or inspired these creations.” - Hatsune
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Upcoming Events | Tags: Australian Natural, Chefs on the Road, Global Cuisine, James Sharman, One Star House Party, The Hedonist, The Opposite House, Tom Aikens | No Comments »
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!
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: American, BJ Foodies, burrito, Chipotle, Dallas, Delivery, homemade tortillas, June Chow, Lucky Lopez, Mexican, Sanlitun, Schubert Chow, Subway, Tex-Mex, Weekend Brunch | 1 Comment »
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.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Black Carrot Cake, Hainan Chicken Rice, Hawker food, Jian Archery Bar, Kopi Milk Coffee, Laksa, Lau Pa Sak, new location, One Pot 一锅 by SSAM, Sanlitun SOHO, Singaporean, 老巴刹 | 1 Comment »
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.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: 10 Corso Como, Casa Talia, Chef Corrado Michelazzo, George Blanc, Hotel Bellevue, Italian chef, La Ferme de Mom Pere, Mediterranean Cuisine, Relais-Chateaux, Val d’Aosta | No Comments »