LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Upcoming Events | Tags: Alan Wong, Arrocal Seleccion, Block 8, Chaoyang Park West Gate, Cortijo Blanco, Emilio Muedra, Forcalla, Gillardeau Oysters, Haiku by Hatsune, Hatsune, Le Sommelier International, Papa Godello, private dining, sushi, sushi bar, Taiyro Teppanyaki, teppanyaki, Tercera Reserva, Tokyo Style Ramen, Wagyu, Wine Dinner | 2 Comments »
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Special Events, Upcoming Events | Tags: Anniversary Party, Bamiyan Afghan Restaurant, Bamiyan Lounge, Beijing, Bollywood, Chaoyang Park West Gate, Gireesh Chowdhury, Indian, Kristen's Kathi Roll, Lucky Street, Mango Lassi, Punjabi | 1 Comment »
Let’s Raise a Glass for Punjabi’s 8th Anniversary!
(Photo from Chi Fan for Charity Dinner 2012)
This Wednesday, April 8th marks the 8th anniversary of my favorite Indian restaurant in Beijing – Punjabi! With my close proximity to Punjabi’s location at the south end of Lucky Street (the strip of restaurants just north of Chaoyang Park West Gate), this restaurant is not only my go-to place when I’m craving curries but it’s also now become my favorite delivery service when I want amazing food fast (recommended if you live in the Chaoyang Park neighborhood).
Having been open in Beijing before the Olympic mad rush that consequently led to a flurry in the capital’s F&B industries, Punjabi has flourished under the test of time, in spite of the Beijing food scene’s fickle tendencies. And what I admire and respect most about Punjabi is that they are always looking to improve and innovate with new dishes and drinks on a regular basis (which keeps me coming back time and again). Most recently, they’ve been hard at work getting ready for the upcoming launch of their upstairs modern Afghan Lounge concept called Bamiyan -another event to look forward to!
But this Wednesday, it’s time to raise a glass and celebrate all the feasts, parties and good times Punjabi has hosted over the past 8 years with a full-on Bollywood bash!
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Hot Tips, Upcoming Events | Tags: Chaoyang Park West Gate, Chef Billy, Chef To Go, Chef Too | No Comments »
***THIS RESTAURANT IS NOW CLOSED!!***
But Group Buy is still available!
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Wild Caught Venison Meat at Chef Too
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Hot Tips | Tags: Chaoyang Park West Gate, Fiume, Hot Tip, Italian, Mercante, Omar Maseroli, Soft Opening, Solana | 2 Comments »
A little birdie just shared some very exciting restaurant news that I’m pretty ecstatic to share with YOU!
Beloved hidden-hutong-hipster-gem Mercante Italian restaurant is opening a second location on the east side of town called Fiume (means “river” in Italian). Located next to the Liangmahe river surrounded by trees, it’s in its own little peaceful oasis away from traffic and chaos. You can find Fiume in the FX hotel, not far from Solana shopping center at the top of Chaoyang Park west gate.
Photos of Fiume’s Location (provided by Omar Maseroli)
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: antipasto, breakfast, cafe, catering, Chaoyang Park West Gate, Cheesecake, coffee, Deli de Luxe, delicatessen, Delivery, gourmet food store, Healthy, Parkview Towers, salads, soups, wholesome, wine | 7 Comments »
Gourmet Food Store, Delivery and Catering all rolled into one Quaint Cafe
You need to get through a side entrance gateway of Parkview Towers to gain access to gourmet food store and quaint little cafe Deli de Luxe (unless you already have their delivery service on your speed dial). There’s even a guard at the gate that you must get past. Best way to know if you’re at the correct spot is to find the entrance directly across from Suzie Wong’s (the west side of Chaoyang Park West Gate).
Deli de Luxe is delightfully lovely if you fancy a nice cup of coffee (made with locally roasted beans and fresh organic milk) alongside a beautifully fresh salad or an excellent slice of cheesecake. I came with a couple of fellow foodies after hitting a round of golf balls at the driving range just around the corner. With the sun was shining, the wooden tables and benches outside were exactly what we had in mind for a relaxing wind-down mid-morning.
Though the cafe is pretty small, the variety is not. They offer a wide range of daily specials (salad, soup, hot dish, risotto), breakfast pastries, muesli, egg croissant sandwiches, organic quiches, toasted Ciabatta sandwiches and a whole list of sweets including their specialty cheesecake with berry coulis. Check out snapshots of their fully-stocked counter and massive open fridge with everything pre-prepped and 95% ready to go.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Bao Yuan Dumpling House 宝源饺子屋, Chaoyang Park West Gate, izakaya, Japanese food, Kagen, Maizidian, Middle Kingdom Fitness, Tim Hill, Tori Tei BBQ, Vin Vie, wine, Yakitori | 12 Comments »
You Know You’ve Found Something Special When You Step Inside Vin Vie
I was just recently introduced to Vin Vie 萬火and it blew me away. I can’t remember the last time I was this excited about a new find. And it isn’t even new. It’s been around for at least a couple of years, but its inconspicuous location tucked behind a narrow, dark alley in Maizidian (not far from Baoyuan Dumplings) near Chaoyang Park West Gate ensures that only the most adamant and determined foodies will be rewarded with the knowledge that such a special gem exists in Beijing.
I’ve heard Vin Vie’s name thrown about here and there, I’ve heard people sing its praises, but with such a long list of restaurants on my “To Taste List”, it just unfortunately got pulled down the pecking order until it was almost forgotten about. That was, until fellow foodie Tim Hill, of Middle Kingdom Fitness put Vin Vie back on my radar by including it as one of his top three favorite restaurants in Beijing. With someone who’s been there before, I was on a mission to see what the fuss was all about.
…and it was a mission to find! When I say that it’s tucked away and hidden, I’m really not exaggerating. I definitely recommend memorizing the map below to make sure you don’t waste hours wandering around lost in Maizidian. When you’re looking down the little hutong it’s on, all that indicates its existence is a little red light box at its entrance door.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Music | Tags: Anthony Garcia, Chaoyang Park West Gate, Fatface Dining, Hsu Li, Jintai Art Museum, Slava Grigoryan, The Bookworm | No Comments »
This Saturday, May 25th, classical and jazz guitarist Anthony Garcia (Australia) will be performing as a part of a classical concert series from 3-5pm at Jintai Art Museum close to Muse Restaurant on Chaoyang Park West Gate road.
Prior to his performance, Anthony will engage in an up-close discussion with all guests before he begins his music performance. Organized by Fatface Dining, they will also be providing a selection of tasty appetizers and beverages to accompany the performance.
“I have had the great pleasure of hearing Anthony a number of times in the last five years. On each occasion I have witnessed the finest examples of technique, composition and musicality. In my mind Anthony is one of the finest musicians living in Australia.” - Slava Grigoryan, Artistic Director Adelaide International Guitar Festival
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Chaoyang Park West Gate, cheese, Cheese & Wine, Jenny Lou's, wine | 1 Comment »