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Particles Kitchen Falls Short on Big Promises
Always on the look out for new restaurants to try, we heard from a fellow foodie birdie that Particles Kitchen (PK) was a fresh new spot in Sanlitun’s Nali Patio with a very reasonable lunch set and soft-opening discount specials. She went for lunch and had the Smoked Salmon Salad. Reported back that it was a bit too sweet for her taste with mango dressing in addition to fruit in the salad, but she thought the portion was a decent size for a light lunch. For those who like a more substantial lunch, she said they also offer a combo lunch deal – where you can have your protein of choice along with your choice of sides (which are displayed for viewing pleasure).
With a bright and airy space and industrial feel, we were excited about the discovery of a hip new spot and keen to get the full dinner experience.
Coming during their soft opening period, note that our dining experience at PK may not be representative of the finished product. On our visit, we noticed that they have quite different menus for lunch and dinner – lunch is “casual” and dinner is “fine dining” so our dinner experience may also not be representative of a lunch at PK either.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Hot Tips | Tags: Beef on Food, Chile, Executive Chef Aitor Olabegoya, Foie Gras, Free Range, Grass-fed, Migas, Nali Patio, Villarrica Natural Park, Wagyu, Wagyu Distributor, Wagyu Tasting | 3 Comments »
Migas Hosts Tasting with the World’s Top Chilean Free Range Wagyu Beef
We’ve been to a countless number of wine tastings, craft beer tastings, cocktail tastings, but a wagyu tasting?!
We recently had the pleasure to be introduced to an exciting project that Chef Aitor Olabegoya at Migas has been incubating along with a cadre of others for more than a decade. If you’re anything like us then you’ll always stare wistfully at the beautiful but poverty inducing wagyu steaks on menus around town. So priced because the Japanese jealously guard their stocks of the gorgeous meat, but thanks to guys like Beef on Food, things are slowly changing.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Alfred Krasser, Austrian cuisine, fine dining, Jagermeister, Nali Patio, organic food, Parnas, Sound of Music, Tafelspitz Austrian Restaurant | No Comments »
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Tafelspitz Austrian Restaurant in Nali Patio
Tafelspitz is an unfortunate restaurant. The concept has potential with the obvious lack of traditional Austrian restaurants in China’s capital and there’s always room for niche and focused restaurants, but there are inconsistencies in the branding and the decor misses the mark. Part of it feels homely like an Austrian ski lodge and the other part feels like you’ve been frozen out of said ski lodge. The fact that its windows face the garish Sanlitun KTV bars doesn’t help either.
On the other hand, if anyone out there knows how to make boiled beef look attractive, they are a visual genius (refer to above photo – we were impressed!) Though the staff are well trained and know about the menu, and the food is more than satisfactory, the prices make you question its worth.
Located on the 4th floor of Sanlitun’s Nali Patio alongside Mosto, Niajo, Agua, Velvet, Migas and other illustrious Beijing food destinations, Tafelspitz is the only Austrian restaurant around but it’s still a stylish restaurant essentially targeting the same foodie demographic as its neighbors. Putting itself head to head with the best of the best, I question whether Tafelspitz can handle the competition.
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Velvet’s Showcases Rare Desert Vegetables in this Black Squid Ink Paella
Before reading this blogpost, you probably already had a bad impression of Velvet. First opened as a restaurant-patisserie with a lot of fancy-pantsy velvet chairs and a menu serving everything from Mediterranean “snacks” to Asian fusion dishes, everything about the concept seemed random, all-over-the-place and one of those restaurants that would be closed before I even got around to trying it.
Fast forward a few years later since it first opened in 2013, Velvet has had a major facelift. I don’t know when this facelift actually took place, but I think it’s relatively recent because the Head Chef I met has only been in Beijing for a few months. Honestly, what I experienced just last week was a phenomenal dining experience and I can’t believe that no one seems to even realize that Velvet still exists and that it’s nothing like it was when it first opened.
First off, Velvet’s Head Chef Alberto Becerril takes the time to greet every table and shake each diners’ hand and personally ensures a hospitable and personable dining experience (the best kind!). He introduces each dish that comes to your table and maneuvers his way around the restaurant between all his guests flawlessly.
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Celebrate Moka Bros Tat-Two Anniversary with Beets, Beats & Body Art!
This coming weekend, October 17-18th marks Moka Bros two year anniversary with a long-life commitment to their brand with body art. That’s right, I’m not talking about the 3-day stick-on tattoos that eventually fade away or have to be scratched away, this is the real deal.
“Moka Bros. A Source of Life. And Eternal Bad-assness.”
LumDimSum | Filed under: Bars & Nightlife, Upcoming Events | Tags: Agua, Anniversary Party, DJ Peter Stone, Fez Bar, Nali Patio, Rooftop Bar, Sanlitun | No Comments »
Time to Pop the Champagne cause it’s Fez’ 6th Anniversary!
One of Beijing’s most glamorous rooftop bars, Fez Bar is inviting one and all to their terrace cocktail bar on Saturday, June 27th to celebrate their 6th anniversary. With free-flow house pour mixers and DJ Peter Stone, pre-sale tickets are RMB 200 per person (RMB 250 at the door) so get over to Fez or Agua this week to lock in your spot.
I plan to go to town on Fez’ Mojito Punch Bowls!
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 »