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The Second Branch of Obentos Opens to the Public December 8!
One of the most health-conscious restaurants in Beijing, Obentos Japanese restaurant is spreading health and happiness to Beijingers with the news of its second branch opening in the gorgeous Grand Summit at Liangmaqiao (located just down the outside escalators by Baker & Spice).
They’ll be opening their doors to the public for the very first time this Tuesday, December 8th!
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Central Park, Healthy Eating, Japanese food, nutrition, Obentos, Obentos 本之味, Sake Steamed Chicken, salads, smoothies, Summer Abundance Bowl, summer dishes, summer salad | No Comments »
Obentos Releases New Summer Menu Specials!
Obentos has done its Spring cleaning. After updating their smoothie menu, they’ve also completely given their food menu a facelift with both brand-new and revised signature salads, bento boxes and an awesome grain bowl addition (pictured above)!
In anticipation for summer months, they’ve incorporated a lot of seasonal ingredients into their menu choices, which has re-vamped their menu almost entirely. But even though they’ve shrunk their menu options, Obentos regulars can rest assured that they’ve maintained their principles and dedication to healthy meals by narrowing their focus and really boosting each dish with greater taste and nutrition.
“For this summer we have created a bunch of new dishes with our typical signature Obentos health twist. Expect fresh whole foods packed with flavour that will help you tackle the summer heat and make you feel good from the inside out.” - Obentos
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Introducing the Newest Kid on the Xingfucun Zhonglu Block – Zui Yakitori Bar
Located on the quickly developing Xingfucun Zhonglu across from April Gourmet and just next to Hercules, Zui Yakitori Bar is the new kid on the block and with an enticing entrance, I was quickly lured in just after they opened their door to the general public. Potentially related to Hercules as the staff of Zui were all wearing Hercules-branded aprons, but this is a 2-story Japanese Yakitori Bar that has two massive bars set up on both the first and second floor and more seating upstairs for dining.
Currently half open with only its second floor in operation as the ground floor is still a work-in-progress (probably 85% there). At first we found a cozy table for 4 in the back corner of the second floor dining area ready to chow down big time on a big order of yakitori, but we were very quickly put off by 3 chain smokers sitting close-by. What was even more disheartening was hearing their attitude about it – a very curt reply, “We are a bar also, so smoking is allowed.” Shame when you’re stuck in a tight space with no air ventilation and have come to have a proper dinner, and not sit in a room clouded with cigarette smoke.
Not a great start but read on as it gets better. Kind of.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Hot Tips | Tags: Andrew Stevenson, Bento Pusher, Boulangerie Nanda, Brown Rice, Curry Bowl, Edamame Avocado Dip, Gluten-Free Carrot Cake, Grain Bowls, Japanese food, Lemon Cheese Pudding with Almond Crumble, New Dishes, Obentos 本之味, Salmon Ochazuke Grain Bowl, Whole Wheat Chocolate Brownie, Winter Menu | 1 Comment »
Warm Up this Winter with Obentos’ Healthy & Nutritious Grain Bowls
The beginning of November saw the launch of Obentos’ new winter menu items – including a handful of beautiful new creations spread throughout their growing menu with 4 comforting Grain Bowls and a handful of new sides and desserts!
From the start, Obentos has built its strong reputation with a solid foundation of fantastic tasting, well-balanced and well-portioned Bento Boxes and giant, gorgeous salads (perfect for summer months). For the past few years, my go-to dishes have bounced between a handful of their salads and bento boxes depending on my appetite and mood.
But with the big drop in temperature, they were smart in pushing their newest menu category – their “Grain Bowls”. Each one quite unique in flavors and texture, you have everything from their popular Teriyaki Grain Bowl to their warming Curry Bowl (now with Brown Rice!) and soupy Salmon Ochazuke Grain Bowl.
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Sake Manzo’s Long Sushi Bar
I like to think of Sake Manzo as my little neighborhood’s hidden secret (it’s literally a 2 minute walk from my apartment complex), but I’m reminded how wrong I am every time I go because it’s packed all the time. It’s so popular among both locals and foreigners alike even though no one really ever seems to talk about it. Maybe it’s because we all share the mentality of wanting to keep Sake Manzo our own secret, but based on the steady flow of regulars, the word is out.
Owned by a Japanese sake distributor with the biggest stock of premium sake bottles available in the city and the ingrained trait for being passionate about food quality (as you would expect from a meticulous and hard-working Japanese restaurant owner). Reading through Sake Manzo’s extensive menu, you can read all about their promise to follow the Slow Food movement. They strive as much as they can to support local farmers and serve food that is seasonal, local, fresh and wholesome.
Most of the staff are Chinese-speaking but the menus are all in Japanese, Chinese and English so communication isn’t an issue. Having said that, be sure to ask for the English version of the daily specials on offer (though I had difficulty understanding what most dishes were as only the Japanese name was given). I’ve tried making an effort to order a couple dishes off their daily specials menu, but every time, I revert back to a few spectacular dishes they have on their regular menu that are tough to beat.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Alan Wong, Hatsune Restaurant Group, Hatsune Sanlitun, Japanese food, Karaiya Spice House, Modo Urban Deli, renovations, Swire Properties, Taikoo Li Sanlitun | 2 Comments »
Hatsune’s New Facelift: Same Same but Very Different
After closing a month for renovations, the Taikoo Li Sanlitun branch of Hatsune Japanese Restaurant just re-opened on Monday evening this week and by Tuesday evening, the place was fully booked and pretty much running just as smoothly as it did before they closed shop.
Having seen it during the knock-down (we pretty much tore apart the entire front section of the restaurant), I was dying to see the final product knowing just how much work went into the new design. For those who don’t know – almost all restaurants in Sanlitun Village had to remodel their look to accommodate Swire Properties’ regulation that all venues can not be more than 1 story high. The same reason why Modo changed its concept to be an Urban Deli and Karaiya Spice House moved locations to a few doors down from where it once was, Hatsune had to tear down its two-story kitchen and move around the sushi bar to the back of the restaurant to make room for the extended kitchen space.
Stepping inside the same entrance, the narrow passageway inside has changed angles and no longer features a hand-sensor triggered sliding door (way too many confused customers thinking the doors would open automatically). Now, the entrance features transparent glass floors displaying large stones and fish-imprints in the delicate sand and a long wall designed with beautiful wood carvings. Where once was a private dining room for 14, the space is now much more open with only a glass wall that divides the section from the rest of the restaurant. For those who want to organize a big group, this section can seat up to 25 and would be perfect for private bookings!
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