LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Fabio Falanga, FU Tapas & Wine, FU 浮, Italian, Ju'er Hutong, La Dolce Vita, Mediterranean Cuisine, Mediterranean tapas, organic wines, tapas, wine | 1 Comment »
LumDimSum | Filed under: Charity, Foodies & Dining Scene, Upcoming Events | Tags: 3rd Ring Road, BJ Foodies, canapés, catering, creativity, David, events, food art, food laboratory, Galleria, Italian, Italian Embassy, Mediterranean Cuisine, Nexus SOHO, Picasso, San Marco's Lion, The Crossroads Centre, 美食艺术馆 | No Comments »
“Galleria is a food laboratory. We specialize in food art and creative catering solutions. We collaborate with famous artists, sculptors and leading tech firms to make food experiences that spark applause and wonder at your events and ceremonies. From floating deserts to food shows – we bring excitement to catering and make sure your event is unforgettable.” – Galleria Team
Located on the 3rd Ring Road just south of the Nexus SOHO building, Galleria is on the B1 level of Jjiaming Center next to the Starbucks. A space that looks more like an art gallery than a restaurant, you’ll be amazed to discover that at Galleria, food and art is interchangeable and imagination here comes in all shapes and sizes (that’s as delicious as it gets).Not your average “restaurant”, Galleria showcases some of their impressive food/art commissions among the tables and chairs including the Italian embassy’s commission to create San Marco’s Lion out of sugar, a sculpture of Picasso out of chocolate, and David’s Head in a mint and limoncello flavored jelly.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Charity, Foodies & Dining Scene, Upcoming Events | Tags: Beijing United, BJ Foodies, Fabio Falanga, Italian, La Dolce Vita, pasta, Sanlitun, Sophie Van Pelt, United Family Charitable Fund | 6 Comments »
Thanks to a tip-off by a fellow foodie Ms. Sophie Van Pelt, I learned that La Dolce Vita was a new gem that needed to be rediscovered after a new Italian manager/chef that’s come on board. After doing some research, I discovered that La Dolce Vita has actually been open in Beijing for 13 years (since 2003)! It has, however, recently come under new management and moved locations. Tucked away behind Sanlitun’s infamous Bar Street, round the corner from Smugglers and next to The Tree, the new La Dolce Vita is on the second floor of the Youth Hostel Building. It is simply decorated, yet feels very warm and homely and sets the stage for the entire experience.
LDS Snapshots of La Dolce Vita:
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Upcoming Events | Tags: Aussie, BJ Foodies, Carnivore Club, Chef Marino D’Antonio, Chef Rob Cunningham, FEAST (Food by East), Italian, Opera Bombana | No Comments »
“Meat” the Carnivore Club Dream Team
A native Aussie who grew up on a farm in Victoria, Chef Rob Cunningham of FEAST by EAST Hotel knows his meat. And I don’t just mean he knows how to grill a seriously good steak (like most Aussies I know). I mean that his childhood experience has taught him to use every single part of the animal and to show meat lovers that there’s a whole lot more to beef than just a burger or a ribeye steak.
Though Chef Rob started his very own Carnivore Club 2 years ago in March 2014 (with the BJ FOoDiEs entourage), it’s continued to grow over the years to also collaborate with other like-minded, talented chefs around town. For the first Carnivore Club dinner of 2014, Chef Rob will be teaming up with Chef Marino D’Antonio, Executive Chef of Opera Bombana this Thursday, March 24!
A personal project started by Chef Rob to help increase awareness of secondary cuts and offal that restaurants no longer commonly use, Chef Rob has continued to hold the torch of this food baby project high and proud and I can’t wait to see how these two talented chefs are about to re-define your concept of beef in this 5-course Italian-inspired dinner menu.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Hot Tips | Tags: Activated Charcoal Pizza Dough, Baci Milano, Bottega, Burrata, Daniele Salvo, David Connolly, Fratelli Salvo, gnocchi, Half Price Monday Promo, Italian, New Dishes, new menu, Paulo Salvo, Sanlitun, Tronchetto, winter promo | 2 Comments »
Bottega’s Braised Pork Shoulder Gnocchi is a Winner
One of the best new restaurants to enter Beijing’s dynamic F&B scene in 2015, Bottega is killing it and at this rate, these guys are unstoppable. From a fantastic first impression, every return visit introduces fresh changes, new dishes and another memorable dining experience.
Having first visited in April this year, Bottega blew us away with their authentic Neapolitan pizza dough, imported premium olive oils and tasty tomato paste. On our most recent visit at the end of 2015, we were delighted to see a brand new menu complete with mouth-watering photos for some serious eye candy.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Upcoming Events | Tags: Alejandro Sanchez, Alex Sanchez, Culinary Collaboration, Dinner Event, Fiume, Happi Sake, Italian, Japanese, Mercante, Niajo, Niajo Spanish restaurant, Omar Maseroli, Paella, Rice Flavored Ice Cream, rice pudding, Sake Manzo, Spain, Spanish, Taka Yamamoto, Temari Sushi, The World of Rice, Valencia, Wine Pairing | No Comments »
The Triple Threat: Alejandro Sanchez (Niajo), Taka Yamamoto (Sake Manzo) + Omar Maseroli (Mercante + Fiume)
The first of most likely three collaboration dinner series between three very talented chefs, The World of Rice is a special 6-course rice and wine-paired dinner menu created by Alejandro Sanchez (owner and executive chef of Niajo Spanish restaurant), Taka Yamamoto (International Wine Challenge (IWC) sake judge, Sake master and owner of Sake Manzo + Happi Sake restaurants) and Omar Maseroli (founder and head chef of Mercante and Fiume Italian restaurants).
Each of these master chefs are known and very much praised for their authentic and drool-worthy cooking and I have no doubt that this culinary collaboration event will be a spectacular eye-opening experience. More than just Japanese sushi and paellas (more obvious examples of dishes made with a rice base), they will be creating a unique menu that will change the way you think about rice.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Canelitas, funnel cake dessert, Gingko Tree, Home Plate Bar B-Que, Italian, Italian pasta, Italian pizza, Jean-Georges, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Mercato, Opera Bombana, Park 17, Park17, Prince Kung's Mansion, SmartBeijing, South Sanlitun, The Local, The Taco Bar, theBeijinger | 1 Comment »
Park 17 Pretties Up South Sanlitun
I came to dine at Park 17 after booking a long, overdue catch up with my fellow foodie. We struggled to think of a new restaurant to try that neither of us had yet been to. But just in the nick of time, the_beijinger‘s instagram posted about a new Italian restaurant in south Sanlitun. And that’s what I like to call “clutch”. Neither of us had heard of it yet but the beautiful photo of a pizza smothered in what looked like layers of arugula and Parma ham looked promising. I took a snapshot and sent it to her and the decision was made. Park 17 it was!
Without having time to dig any deeper, neither of us really new what to expect other than its location in South Sanlitun (it’s literally next to The Local, having replaced the Chinese vegan restaurant Gingko Tree). Arriving on a Thursday evening, it was very quiet with only 2-3 other tables of customers, but we assumed that the space has probably literally just opened to the public, which is exciting to be among the first to test it out!
LDS Snapshots of Park 17:
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Hot Tips | Tags: Fiume, gnocchi, Italian, Liangmaqiao, Maizidian, Mercante, Omar Maseroli, Soft Opening, tiramisu, Zuppa Inglese | 2 Comments »