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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of Year!
The Hutong’s Winter Fayre is one of their biggest community events of the year and it also happens to be where I plan to do most of my Christmas shopping every year.
While many of Beijing’s Christmas bazaars and fairs have all been taking place across the city in various embassies and hotels over the past couple weekends, The Hutong’s Winter Fayre may be one of the smaller fayres in terms of its number of vendors and sheer capacity, but it makes up for its size with its merry vibes and abundance of spiced mulled wine.
Taking place this Saturday, December 9th from 11AM-4PM, this is a great place to stock up on prezzies for the holidays and also a great place to meet and learn about some pretty crafty and talented companies who will be showcasing the best of their merchandise!
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This ain’t Tairyo (thank goodness).
Haiku by Hatsune is a teppanyaki + sushi restaurant that’s been off the radar for the past few years. It was buzz-worthy and super trendy back in 2008 when it was part of the Block 8 entertainment complex that also featured the gorgeous, sand-filled bar called “The Beach” on its rooftop. But after Block 8 closed (along with that awesome rooftop bar) in 2011, Haiku also went under major renovations to specialize in teppanyaki. Fast forward several years later, Haiku is back under Hatsune management and has combined two wonderful worlds of sushi and teppanyaki under one glorious roof. Unlike other teppanyaki joints, Haiku is not about quantity – no all you can drink/eat here – it is about quality.
If you are unfamiliar with the Block 8 complex 8号公馆, this is just on the west gate of Chaoyang park, a little to the north of Jenny Lou’s. As you enter the main entrance off the main Chaoyang Park West Gate road 朝阳公园西路, follow the road to the right and walk around the big block of buildings until you see the building with Haiku’s logo on the 3rd floor. Once you get to the lobby, staff will usher you into the elevator where you go up to the third floor.
Walking in, you’ll notice that the place is like a rabbit warren. Lots and lots of private rooms. Whilst they do have open tables, more intimacy is definitely the focus.
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Time to Zone in On Some Sushi in 798
“A sushi bar that brings together 798′s distinctive factory style and art hour Japanese cuisine, Timezone 8 Sushi Bar features 25 different rolls designed by renowned chef and restauranteur Alan Wong. This new sushi bar is rapidly becoming a destination for sushi lovers and art lovers alike.”
One of the big perks about spending time with Hatsune Restaurant Group owner Alan Wong is the frequent food tastings.
While most of these tastings generally take place in one of his venues (5 in Beijing – Hatsune Guanghua Lu, Hatsune Sanlitun, Kagen, Kagen Teppanyaki and Karaiya Spice House + the multiple Shanghai venues: Haiku by Hatsune, Kagen Teppanyaki and Pulau Ketam Modern Crab House), we’ve been spending more time in 798 Art District the past few months with our sushi loving friend Robert Bernell at his new Timezone 8 Sushi Bar (a menu done in collaboration with Alan).
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Through the Crab Tank: Pulau Ketam Modern Crab House in XinTianDi
Crabs may be my favorite crustacean. I’m not talking about the teeny, tiny hairy crabs people rave about, I’m talking about the big, juicy, meaty ones like the Dungeness or massive Sri Lankan monster crabs served at Pulau Ketam, a newly opened Modern Crab House in XinTianDi, Shanghai.
Pulau Ketam, which literally means “Crab Island” is a project by Alan Wong, Vincent Liu and his team behind the Haiku by Hatsune Restaurant Group in Shanghai. They have had a very busy summer with the opening of the new Haiku restaurant in Jinqiao last month (May 2012) and now Pulau Ketam is an exciting new restaurant concept that just went into soft-opening on Friday, June 15, 2012.
Pulau is taking the crab experience to a whole new level. Stepping into it’s main doors off the bustling streets of XinTianDi, you walk in to a room surrounded by golden pillars where two receptionists hand you scented towels and lead you through the grand double-doorway into the world of Pulau Ketam.
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Newly Opened Haiku in Jinqiao 金桥, Shanghai
Lucky Shanghai-ers, I rarely envy you but when I stepped in to the newly opened Haiku in Jinqiao 金桥, I was so green with envy I practically turned into the Hulk.
Designed by Alan Wong, founder of the Hatsune Restaurant Group in Beijing, the space is stunning. It is unique in its own right, but with the high ceilings and perfect lighting illuminating a soft glow throughout the dining area, it bears the same trademark of Alan’s other restaurants, especially the Hatsune Sanlitun Branch which won “Best Decor” in this year’s Beijinger’s 2012 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Hatsune Sanlitun Branch: CFFC 2011
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