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Taste the Sushi Rainbow (I’d take this over a bag of Skittles any day)
Be the first to taste September’s new off-menu specialty dish, Hatsune’s Aki Sushi Tartare.
An impressive line-up of 11 premium ingredients including chopped sashimi tartare, fish caviar and uni, each of the carefully selected ingredients is delicately plated over sushi rice.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Special Events | Tags: Alan Wong, Awfully Chocolate, Causa, Chef Daniel Urdaneta, cocktails, Hatsune, Hatsune Restaurant Group, Japanese, Modo Urban Deli, MOKA Bros, Mosto, Nikkei, oysters, Passion for Pisco Cocktail, Peruvian, Pisco Sour, Sake Lychee Martini, sushi, Tiradito, Uni, Uni Bowl, Wagyu | 7 Comments »
Magical NIKKEI Pop-Up Dinner by Chef Daniel Urdaneta + Alan Wong
I had to pinch myself to check whether I was dreaming or if it was real.
Like a fairytale dream come true, NIKKEI emerged out of the thundering clouds early Wednesday evening and exceeded all expectations for a truly extraordinary pop-up dining experience. Not only were we blessed with absolutely the best weather known to Beijing, the two talented teams behind Mosto and Hatsune created something spectacular behind those linen curtains. As guests arrived on the 4th floor rooftop of Nali Patio, they knew they were a part of something special, feeling like they just walked into Beijing’s best kept secret.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Special Events, Upcoming Events | Tags: Alan Wong, Best of Both Worlds, Chef Daniel Urdaneta, Culinary Collaboration, Culinary Concept, Hatsune, Hatsune Restaurant Group, Japanese, Mosto, Nali Patio, Nikkei, Pop-Up, Pop-Up Dinner, Rooftop Terrace, South American, Uni, Wagyu | No Comments »
Alan (L) & Daniel (R) Team Up for NIKKEI Pop-Up Dinner
In case you didn’t already know, NIKKEI is a pop-up culinary event concept between Chef Daniel Urdaneta (of Mosto fame) and Alan Wong (Hatsune restaurant group) combining Peruvian and Japanese cuisine. This may sound like a random, crazy combination but actually Nikkei is nothing new.
While Nikkei is a food trend taking London, Paris, Lima, Barcelona and Miami by storm, this is a cooking style that’s come to define Peruvian cuisine. While ceviche is Peru’s national dish, Peruvians didn’t actually use raw seafood as an ingredient in their cuisine until the Japanese diaspora migrated to South America and used their own cooking techniques to transform local dishes.
I think this Munchies article titled “Nikkei Is the Beautiful Love Child of Peru and Japan” explains it best -
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Chinese food, Hatsune Restaurant Group, Hunan cuisine, Hunan peppers, Karaiya, Karaiya Spice House, Sanlitun Taikoo Li, Sanlitun Village, set lunch menu, Spicy, weekday set lunch | 4 Comments »
Add Some Spicy Flair to Your Weekday with Karaiya’s New Set Lunch Menu
While there are plenty of superb lunch deals in the Sanlitun area, it’s not very often that you come across a thoughtful set lunch menu at a Chinese restaurant.
From my experience, most Chinese restaurants either offer some sort of buffet spread or it’s ordered a la carte as you would at dinner. And I’m talking about the restaurants with a whole range of dishes on offer, not your neighborhood hole-in-the-wall 拉面 noodle or 盖饭 shop. And with so many of the Western restaurants all around town offering great value 2 to 3 course set lunch menus, Indian restaurants offering massive lunch buffet spreads, it makes me wonder why more Chinese restaurants don’t offer the same bang for your buck at lunch to keep up with their neighboring competitors.
Always one step ahead of the rest, Karaiya Spice House has launched a set of 9 different weekday set lunches designed for those of us who don’t want to waste too much brain power thinking about what you want to order for lunch (you’re only half-way done with your work day!) and if you prefer your lunches to be speedier than you average dinner experience.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: 798 Art District, Alan Wong, Breakfast in One, Green Detoxer, Hatsune Restaurant Group, Immune Booster, juice, Paleo Power, Robert Bernell, salads, smoothies, Timezone 8 | No Comments »
Super Smoothies by Timezone 8 (in 798 Art District)
One of Beijing’s coolest contemporary Chinese art district neighborhoods, 798 is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike where you can browse new exhibitions in different galleries while shopping for quirky, artsy souvenirs and follow around dozens of wedding couples seeking that edgy, industrial look.
As much as I love spending the day in 798, it gets exhausting. Luckily for the thousands of people who stop by for a visit every day, there are a growing number of dining options and cafes to satiate your thirst and hunger. Glad to have more options but it’s still going to be a hit-or-miss so best to not just go into a venue at random.
One of my tried and true favorites of 798 is Timezone 8, a Western restaurant started by Texan Robert Bernell who is also one of the original founders of the 798 Art District back before it became a hotspot hub for creative artists. I was delighted when Robert teamed up with restauranteur Alan Wong of the Hatsune Restaurant Group to open up a sushi section in 2012 and now I’m very pleased to share a new development – their new smoothie/juice menu!
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Turning 13 doesn’t always have to be awkward…
A year infamous for grow pains and awkward moments, the Hatsune Restaurant Group seems to be ahead of the curve as they turn 13 this year. Not only do they have 5 restaurants under their belt in Beijing and another 5 in Shanghai, their restaurant empire is continuing to grow with another Hatsune branch set to open in Beijing by early 2015 (location to be revealed in due time!) and expanding to other city options (equally as exciting!).
Entering their teenage years makes Hatsune a living dinosaur in the fickle and unpredictable Beijing restaurant scene where most places are lucky to make it past their 5 year mark. But Hatsune’s charismatic personality, lovely design and consistently delicious sushi rolls have won them over a growing number of sushi fanatics who just can’t seem to get enough.
And continuing in their tradition of hosting epic anniversary parties with free flow booze and sushi, it’s clear to see that Hatsune is really just a big kid at heart.
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