LumDimSum | Filed under: Bars & Nightlife, Hot Tips | Tags: Bar Bites, Black Truffle Martini, Botany, Buddha's Hand, crafty cocktails, Domus, Frankie Zou, homemade aperitifs, homemade bitters, homemade infused liquors, Ichikura, Maison Boulud, Sangfroid, Sanlitun, Temple Restaurant Beijing (TRB), The Den, Tokyo Bay, TRB, Yongli Guoji Apartment Complex | 3 Comments »
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Hot Tips, Special Events, Upcoming Events | Tags: Anniversary Dinner, Anniversary Party, Champagne Bollinger, Chateau d'Esclans, Chateau Montrose, Chef Brian Reimer, David Duband, Domaine de Chevalier, Jacquesson Champagne, Maison Boulud, Pascal Jolivet, Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey | No Comments »
How Better to Celebrate Maison Boulud’s 5 Year Anniversary than with Daniel Himself?
Fellow Californian Brian Reimer, Executive Chef of Maison Boulud, has just recently announced that Chef Daniel Boulud is coming to town as part of a 4-day celebration of Maison Boulud’s 5 year anniversary.
Beginning this Saturday, September 14th, Maison Boulud will host a dinner featuring unique vintages by Domaine de Chevalier and Chateau Montrose that spotlight the individual structures of these domaines. Price per person is RMB 1588 per person.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: AmCham China, Brian McKenna @ The Courtyard, fine dining, Four Seasons, Italian food, Maison Boulud, Mio Italian Restaurant, Opera Bombana, Parkview Green, Temple Restaurant Beijing, theBeijinger, Time Out Beijing | 3 Comments »
Correct Me if I’m Wrong, But Does This Look Like An Italian Home to You?
It’s been awhile since I’ve really laid into a restaurant, but considering Mio Italian Restaurant‘s location in the Four Seasons Hotel Beijing, I think they can not only take it, they can hopefully take a few pointers and improve from it.
My close foodie friend organized a big dinner for 17 of her closest foodie friends at the highly-regarded new Italian restaurant Mio in the Four Seasons and I wouldn’t say that we necessarily came in with unrealistically high expectations, but it was certainly a special occasion and we came in expecting to be impressed (and naturally hoping for a little razzle dazzle).
Though some of us had previously dined at Mio, this was my first time and after reading pretty positively strong reviews on theBeijinger’s blog and Time Out magazine, I was very much looking forward to the excuse to splurge and indulge in an exquisite Italian feast.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Charity, Foodies & Dining Scene, Special Events, Upcoming Events | Tags: Alan Wong, Beringer, Billy Kawaja, Ceja, Chef Brian Reimer, Chef Rob Cunningham, Chi Fan for Charity (CFFC), Cliff Lede, Culinary Capers, Cuvaison, Daniel Urdaneta, Duckhorn, East Hotel, Echo Sun, FEAST (Food by East), Hatsune Restaurant Group, Heitz Vineyards, Little Flowers Project, Long Meadow Ranch, Maison Boulud, Michael Crain, Modo, Mosto, Napa Valley, PEJU Vineyards, Pine Ridge, Q Mex, Quintessa, Robert Mondavi Vinyards, Signorello, Silenus, Silver Oak Vineyards, Somerston Vineyards, Spring Mountain Vineyards, St. Supery Estate Vineyards & Winery, Swanson Vineyards, Teach For China (TFC), Temple Restaurant Beijing (TRB), The Starfish Project, Truchard, Twomey Vineyards, Xian Bar, Yao Family | 1 Comment »
Beijing’s beloved charity and dining event, Chi Fan for Charity (CFFC) is normally held annually in November, but this time, they’re back for a mid-year premiere event, bringing Napa Valley Vintners in town to host a very special dining event on Friday, April 19th.
Originally founded by Michael Crain, CFFC has been running 4 years strong (most recently, CFFC 2012 raised over RMB 400,000 to support Little Flower Projects and The Starfish Project), this is the second year they are hosting a collaboration between CFFC and Napa Valley Vintners for a spectacular dining experience for a worthy cause, but this time with a twist.
Instead of 40 separate restaurants each sponsoring a table of ten seats with all proceeds going to charity, Temple Restaurant Beijing (TRB) has generously offered up their entire restaurant (a grand total of 120 seats), meaning that they will close their doors to the public (on a Friday night!) and dedicate their entire venue and restaurant team to serve the charitable foodies of CFFC.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Brian McKenna, Capital M, Handel Lee, Maison Boulud, Rey Lim, Temple Restaurant Beijing (TRB), The Courtyard, TRB | 7 Comments »
Experience an all-new Courtyard Restaurant
Once upon a time, The Courtyard restaurant was hands-down Beijing’s finest restaurant. It was run by Filipino-born Executive Chef Rey Lim and under his direction, the restaurant was widely respected for it’s crafty nouveau French-Asian fusion cuisine, international dining service and spectacular location just a stone throw’s away from The Forbidden City, overlooking the moat that once protected the imperial family from the outside world. Back in the day, not only was it the most elegant, upscale (and also the most expensive) Western restaurant in town, it was also rated as one of the top 50 restaurants in the world by Condé Nast magazine.
And while this was all true when The Courtyard first opened in 1997 by lawyer, art patron and luxury developer Handel Lee, that was a time when Beijing’s restaurant scene was rather barren and and before the arrival of first-class dining establishments like Maison Boulud, Capital M, and most recently, Temple Restaurant Beijing (TRB).
But even when I first arrived in 2006, The Courtyard was starting to lose its luster. I dined there once in 2006, and even then I wasn’t impressed and never returned. After its initial streak of success and strong track record, the restaurant’s service standards started to lost its consistency and the general consensus was that it became overpriced beyond reason.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Charity, Foodies & Dining Scene, Upcoming Events | Tags: Alameda, Alan Wong, Barolo, Bei, Bethel Foundation, Black Sesame Kitchen, Brasserie Flo, Cafe Sambal, Capital M, Carmen, CFFC, Chi Fan for Charity (CFFC), Fairmont Hotel, FEAST (Food by East), Great Leap Brewery, Gung Ho! Gourmet Pizza Factory, Hatsune Sanlitun, Helen Couchman, Kagen, Kagen Teppanyaki, Karaiya Spice House, Lakshitha Tharindu, Little Flowers Project, Lost Heaven, Maison Boulud, Migas, Modo, Mosto, New Hope Foundation, Nobu Beijing, Nola, Punjabi, Q Mex Bar & Grill, Red Capital Club, Sureno, SuSu, SWITCH! Cafe, SWITCH! Grill, Tadka, Taverna, Temple Restaurant Beijing, The CUT Grill, The Hutong, The Pavillion Grille, The Starfish Project, theBeijinger, Tom Cruise, Transit, TRB, Vasco's | 1 Comment »
Already in its fourth year, Chi Fan for Charity (CFFC) is set for Saturday, November 10 in Beijing and the following Saturday, November 17in Shanghai, tickets are officially now on sale with seats quickly selling out!
An event praised for bringing together local opinion leaders, celebrities and other charitable-minded individuals to raise money for worthwhile philanthropic causes at Beijing’s top restaurants, CFFC is an inspiring event that involves such a strong community of individuals that really rallies their friends and associates to make this one of the most highly anticipated events of the year.
If you are unfamiliar with CFFC, the concept is easy enough to digest:
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Birthday, Capital M, dessert, French food, Lobster Thernidor, Maison Boulud, Mosto, Pastry Library, S.T.A.Y., S.T.A.Y. (Shangrila), Simple Table Alléno Yannick, Temple Restaurant Beijing | 4 Comments »
S.T.A.Y. for THIS
Last weekend, we celebrated one of my favorite friend’s birthday and for someone who deserves only the best, that is exactly what we gave her.
That’s right, I said it. The BEST (fine dining Western cuisine in Beijing).
Step aside Maison Boulud, Temple Restaurant Beijing, Capital M, Mosto, etc. because S.T.A.Y. (acronym for Simple Table Alléno Yannick) is where we all agreed is the fine-dining restaurant in Beijing serving the best food.
The other restaurants I mentioned above may be rated higher in respect to atmosphere, ambiance, design, and service, but STAY is superior in its cuisine and, most notably, its unbelievably magnificent dessert selection that they like to call ‘The Pastry Library’.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Hot Tips, Upcoming Events | Tags: Agua, Bei, Capital M, Cepe, CityWeekend, Cuisine Cuisine, DiningCity Restaurant Week, Hatsune, Karaiya Spice House, Lost Heaven, Maison Boulud, Modo, Mosto, The CUT Grill | No Comments »