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 | No Comments »
LumDimSum | Filed under: Charity, Foodies & Dining Scene, Hot Tips, Upcoming Events | Tags: Beibingyang Sorbet, BJ Foodies, Cacha Cacha, Charity Dinner, Chef Tom Samranjit, Chiang Mai, Colibri, curry, Lanna cuisine, Leo Wu, Let's Burger Plus, Northern Thai, Sanlitun Village North, Taikoo Li North, Thai food, Thai Tea, Thirst, Transit, World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders | 4 Comments »
Cacha Cacha’s Authentic Northern Thai is Giving North Sanlitun an Extra Dose of Spice!
Taikoo Li North has started to see a revival in the past 6 months. I can remember the days when Beijingers would flock to the North end of the village and were obsessed with the Colibri cupcakes. In the intervening 5 years alas, I haven’t ventured up there much. With the revitalisation of Colibri and the introduction of Cacha Cacha, alongside the long-term solid performer Transit, things are looking up.
Cacha Cacha is a Northern Thai restaurant (think Chiang Mai) and the food is by a very talented chef Tom Samranjit who boasts both an impressive and extensive culinary track record, mostly working with big name hotels in Hong Kong. Breaking free to do what he knows best, Cacha Cacha’s menu is distinctively different from other Thai restaurants in Beijing using treasured family recipes.
“We specialize in authentic Lanna (Northern Thai) cuisine by our proprietor chef Tom Samranjit. As a second generation Thai chef, Tom brings his exotic recipes inherited from his family legacy of more than 50 years.” - Leo Wu, Partner of Cacha Cacha
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BJ FOoDiEs Takes Over TRB Bites for their October Charity Dinner
After LDS broke the shocking news this summer that Ignace Lecleir’s famed Temple Restaurant Beijing (TRB) team was taking over Brian McKenna’s suddenly closed Courtyard restaurant location on the east gate of the Forbidden City, the entire foodie community was rejoicing by the happy ending for this foodie story.
“Reinventing a venue that has played home to many legendary dining institutions, TRB Bites is a convivial refuge that we refer to as “A Casual and Modern Eatery”: where we envision our guests enjoying themselves in a relaxed and chic setting while we serve up tasty treats that are prepared with passion.” – TRB Bites@The Courtyard
In soft opening period since early September, TRB Bites@The Courtyard is quickly making a name for itself as Beijing’s best value fine dining restaurant in the capital. After a full-on feast tasting almost ever dish listed on their menu (read all about it here), we couldn’t believe we were eating Temple quality dishes at only RMB 188/248/288 for any 3/4/5 courses (of course we went for the 5 course option).
LumDimSum | Filed under: Bars & Nightlife, Charity, Foodies & Dining Scene, Upcoming Events | Tags: BJ Foodies, Charity Dinner, China AIDS Walk, East Shore Live Jazz Cafe, Haven, Haven Bar Beijing, Houhai, Houhai Lake, Nanluoguxiang, NLGX, roast suckling pig | No Comments »
I’ll be the first to admit that what kept me from being the first to test of Haven was its location in Houhai. Which is really a shame because Houhai has the potential to be one of Beijing’s best escapes from the hustle and bustle of an urban metropolis. But instead, Houhai is my worst nightmare (yes, it’s worse than Nanluoguxiang) in that it’s horrendously crowded and noisy and while you’re trying to walk past people walking at the rate of a tortoise, you’re dodging e-bikes whizzing past at frightening close calls.
But what I realized when I finally did make it to Haven is that you don’t have to experience any of the chaotic stress that has consumed Houhai. With it’s location just next to East Shore Live Jazz Cafe, you can hop right into Haven, dash up those stairs and bask in the beauty of Houhai, away from the madness just below. The photo above was taken just recently and I’ve left the photo exactly as is because I really wouldn’t want it any other way. It’s stunning and speaks volumes for Haven.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Charity, Foodies & Dining Scene, Upcoming Events | Tags: BJ Foodies, Charity Dinner, Education In Sight, Spring Menu, SuSu, Vietnamese cuisine, Yoopay | No Comments »
While the monthly BJ FOoDiEs charity group dinners are often hosted in newly-opened restaurants eager to spread the word of their new business to the foodies scene in Beijing, they’ve managed to lock in one of my all-time favorite spots to impress out-of-town guests – the stunning hutong Vietnamese restaurant Susu to host their next event on Sunday, April 26th!
Ready to show off their new Spring-inspired menu, this dinner menu features basically all my favorite Susu dishes from their Shrimp Salad, Salmon Spring Roll, La Vong fish dish and that incredible Lemongrass Tofu that will convert anyone who questions whether or not they like tofu.
With limited seating, I’d recommend booking seats in advance. After the last BJ FOoDiEs dinner at Caravan booked out in just 4 days, this Spring menu by Susu is sure to book out just as quickly!
LumDimSum | Filed under: Charity, Foodies & Dining Scene, Upcoming Events | Tags: Badr Benjelloun, Beijing Daze, BJ Foodies, Brazilian Embassy, Caravan, CBD, Charity Dinner, Chicken Tagine, CityWeekend, Cuju, Cuju Beijing, Duck Étouffée, Jasmine Lau, Moroccan, Philanthropy in Motion (PIM), PIM, Ritan Park, rum, SmartBeijing | 1 Comment »
CityWeekend is equally as excited about Badr’s New Joint Caravan
Beijing personality Badr Benjelloun of Beijing Daze has had great success with his first restaurant venture, a hidden little Moroccan Rummery and Sports Bar called Cuju, and now we’re delighted that he’s recently opened his second restaurant branch called Caravan (next to the Brazilian embassy in the Ritan area of the CBD).
Praised by both CityWeekend and SmartBeijing for serving tasty home-style Moroccan food and drinks, BJ FOoDiEs gang will be hosting their next big feast at Caravan this Sunday, March 22ndfrom 7:30PM-9:30PM.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Charity, Foodies & Dining Scene, Hot Tips, Upcoming Events | Tags: Amy Li, BJ Foodies, Charity, Charity Dinner, coconut, crafty cocktails, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Jonathan Ansfield, Pak Pak, Pak Pak Thai Kitchen, Thai Curry, Thai food, Yoopay | 5 Comments »
By the same culinary geniuses behind Susu Vietnamese restaurant (which just so happens to be one of my all-time favorite restaurant destinations in Beijing), Pak Pak’s owners Amy Li and Jonathan Ansfield have thankfully decided to open up a second branch of Pak Pak Thai Kitchen in the CBD’s Guanghua International Building just across the street from the east entrance of The Place Shopping Mall, just south of Central Park.
With the original branch in Wangjing, I admit I only made it out to that location once in spite of how wonderful I thought it was. From the restaurant’s authentic Thai dishes to its elegant wood-paneled venue design, it was all fine and dandy…but it was in Wangjing, a place that I realize isn’t as far as some like to think, but still not nearly as convenient for those of us living close to Sanlitun.
Aside from both restaurants named with 2 syllable repeat words that are fun to say, Pak Pak is fundamentally very different from Susu. Dedicated to an entirely different Southeast Asian cuisine (Thai vs. Vietnamese) and located in completely different parts of Beijing (Susu’s tiny tucked away hutong spot vs. Pak Pak’s big branches in Wangjing and now CBD), they still share one essential thing in common – owner Amy Li and Jonathan Ansfield are behind both establishments which means that authenticity, quality and presentation will be top-notch and worthy of many return visits.
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