LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Andrew Moo, bar, Big Bear Baked Goods, Buena Onda, clams, Cookie Monster Charity Bake-Off, ice cream sandwich, James Johnson, Jon Ellis, Mighty Mo's, Mighty Mo's Mussels + Beer Bar, New Zealand craft beer, New Zealand green shell mussels, ping pong table, Pop-Up Restaurant, soft launch, Soul Bowls, The Hatchery, Tuanjiehu | 1 Comment »
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Hot Tips, Upcoming Events | Tags: 8-Bit, Beijing, Capital M, Hatsune, Karaiya Spice House, LDS Top Picks, Migas, Mosto, Obentos 本之味, Okra 1949, roseonly, Sureno, The Georg, The Opposite House, Valentine's Day, Valentine's Day 2016 | No Comments »
Beijing is Spoiling Love Birds for Choice with Romantic Dinners for Two
Beijing is not the most romantic of places even at the best of times but on Valentine’s Day, there are hundreds of restaurants all around town ready and willing to do all the swooning for you.
Glasses of champagne to start, a red rose to make your heart flutter, hundreds of candles to set the mood, and a little momento to take home, these restaurants have plenty of tricks up their sleeves to make this day as special as can be.
Here is a curated list of recommended places for you to kindle that spark this Valentine’s Day.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Bars & Nightlife | Tags: BBC, Bottle Boot & Cigar (BBC), Cafe Zarah, cocktails, Douglas Williams, Gulou, Guloudongdajie, hutong bar, Scarlet A, speakeasy | 3 Comments »
Scarlet A is a Welcome Addition to Gulou’s Growing Bar Scene
After a long Friday working remotely out of Cafe Zarah, I was ready for a drink to get my weekend started. But with a low tolerance for alcohol, I need to make every cocktail count. There are so many bars popping up around town and Scarlet A was on my hit list of new places to try. Conveniently located just a few doors down from Cafe Zarah, on the main road of Gulou Dongdajie, you’d think this would be an easy spot and yet I still managed to walk past it.
So take this lesson learned from me and remember what the entrance looks like (photo below) because the sign for this speakeasy cocktail bar is clearly not meant to stand out (it doesn’t even come out in my photo). Something to look out for and help you spot the door is the wooden staircase that leads into Scarlet A. Stepping inside, don’t be fooled by the floor to ceiling steel shelf – it’s a sliding door that pulls from right to left and opens into a sleek bar with illuminated shelves to spotlight their bottle selection. But with only a few bar stools in this space, you can continue through another sliding door, that leads into a mini open courtyard space, that leads into their main lounge area. A cozy space that seats about 20, there’s a sofas on one side of the room with a few stools and arm chairs.
LDS Snapshots of Scarlet A:
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Agua, Migas, MOKA Bros, Mosto, Nali Patio, Niajo, Particles Kitchen, Sanlitun, Soft Opening, theBeijinger, Velvet | No Comments »
Particles Kitchen Falls Short on Big Promises
Always on the look out for new restaurants to try, we heard from a fellow foodie birdie that Particles Kitchen (PK) was a fresh new spot in Sanlitun’s Nali Patio with a very reasonable lunch set and soft-opening discount specials. She went for lunch and had the Smoked Salmon Salad. Reported back that it was a bit too sweet for her taste with mango dressing in addition to fruit in the salad, but she thought the portion was a decent size for a light lunch. For those who like a more substantial lunch, she said they also offer a combo lunch deal – where you can have your protein of choice along with your choice of sides (which are displayed for viewing pleasure).
With a bright and airy space and industrial feel, we were excited about the discovery of a hip new spot and keen to get the full dinner experience.
Coming during their soft opening period, note that our dining experience at PK may not be representative of the finished product. On our visit, we noticed that they have quite different menus for lunch and dinner – lunch is “casual” and dinner is “fine dining” so our dinner experience may also not be representative of a lunch at PK either.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Hot Tips, Upcoming Events | Tags: Andrew Moo, craft beer, Hatchery, James Johnson, Mighty Mo's, mussels, New Zealand, Soul Bowls, Tuanjiehu, Weekend Brunch | 1 Comment »
After months of waiting in anticipation for the talented and innovative team behind much talked about Buena Onda and Soul Bowls Pop-Up concepts to announce their next move, the answer is even better than anything they’ve done thus far. Isn’t 2016 off to an exciting start?!
Not only are they launching their next pop-up food concept Mighty Mo’s serving New Zealand mussels and craft beers, they’ll be doing it in their very own culinary space named Hatchery, a design by Elisa Chan and created with the purpose to support China’s F&B start-ups.
“Having started off doing a number of our own pop-ups across Beijing, we’re excited to open the doors of our own space. Over the course of the coming year we’ll be launching a number of new concepts at Hatchery and look forward to continuing to be apart of Beijing’s ever-changing food scene.” - Andrew Moo, Marketing Manager
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Baker & Spice, BJ Foodies, breakfast menu, Central Park, desserts, Grand Summit, Healthy, Liangmaqiao, new dining concept, new menu, Obentos, Obentos 本之味, salads, second branch, smoothies | 3 Comments »
Obentos: New Liangmaqiao Branch + New Dining Concept
Since the opening of their second branch in Liangmaqiao’s Grand Summit shopping center, healthy Japanese restaurant Obentos is upping their game with “healthy” dishes never looking or tasting this damn good.
For all my fellow bento-pushers out there, fear not. Obentos’ signature bento lunch boxes, gorgeous salads and healthy smoothies are still there, but there’s now a whole new menu of delightful dish creations ranging in size and categorized into: 6 small plates, 6 main plates, 6 sides plus 2 desserts.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Travel | Tags: French Laundry, Los Angeles, Otium, The Broad Art Museum, Timothy Hollingsworth, Travel | No Comments »
By Timothy Hollingsworth, Otium is L.A.’s Most Exciting New F&B Destination
With a location surrounded by iconic L.A. landmarks (it stands literally next to The Broad Art Museum) and a head chef who worked at The French Laundry, Otium has some serious pedigree. Under Timothy Hollingsworth’s (who cut his teeth at the French Laundry) leadership, Otium has emerged as one of the most talked about restaurants in the city.
The space is beautiful. Large open windows allow light in from everywhere, illuminating the centrepiece of the restaurant, the open kitchen. The design does a great job of explaining what kind of an experience you will have here. Incredible quality, yet easily accessible. The waiters are warm and friendly, the atmosphere is lively and you won’t feel like the menu is written in a foreign language. The restaurant itself says the name Otium is meant to: “emphasize a place where time can be spent on leisurely social activities”.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: authentic Sichuan, Boboji, cheap Chinese, Fensiting Hutong, Gulou, hole-in-the-wall, Hui Guo Rou 回锅肉, Jiaodaokou, Katchup, local, Rager Pie, Sichuan, Spicy, That's Beijing, Zhang Mama, 张妈妈小炒, 张妈妈特色川味馆, 钵钵鸡 | 3 Comments »