LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Upcoming Events | Tags: Andalucía, El Carro de Postres, Gazpacho, La Feria, Migas, Montaditos, Paella, Rebujito, Sangria, Sevilla, Spain, Weekend Brunch | No Comments »
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He Kitchen & Co: New Opening on Wudaoying
The launch of Wudaoying’s newest opening took place this past weekend during an all-day Food & Drink Festival on where the Saffron team Yaoyang and Li Yang teamed up with the Woodstock of Eating team to organize 6 hours of food, drinks and music entertainment across their Wudaoying F&B outlets including Saffron, Chi Restaurant, and their newest restaurant space He Kitchen & Co.
Though the venue is called He, 喝 the ‘drink’ counterpart to their Chi restaurant 吃, ‘He’ is more than just a bar concept. They offer breakfast, brunch, various tapas and desserts alongside a special wine selection and good drinks available from morning until evening for all those wine-loving hipsters.
During the Wudaoying Food & Drink Festival, He was serving food by Saffron To Go – a spread that included a large platter of squid, cup portions of saucy meatballs, and a range of toppings to spread onto a selection of flatbread and bread rolls. A bit of a mishmash offering, but all very tasty. On the other side of the entrance bar were beverages and a little cart making cotton candy.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Chef Alberto Becerril, Chilean Volcano Wagyu, Fideuà de Gandía, Gastrobotany, Let's Burger, Michelin Chef Rodrigo de la Calle, Migas, Nali Patio, Paella, Pan's Labyrinth, Sanlitun, Spanish food, Spanish wines, tapas, Velvet, Velvet Verde | 4 Comments »
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.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Alejandro Sanchez, Chef Pan Huiya, Iberico Ham, new menu, Niajo, Niajo Spanish restaurant, Paella, pintxos, San Sebastián, Spain, Spanish food, Spanish wines, tapas, Terras Gauda, That's Beijing, Vinícolas by Raúl Aleixandre | 2 Comments »
Niajo’s Brand Spankin’ New Menu and New Dish Highlights
This summer, Niajo’s owner Alex Sanchez brought one of his chefs, Pan Huiya for a 3-month trip to Spain to work in three different Michelin starred, high-end restaurants (Vinícolas by Raúl Aleixandre, San Sebastián, and a restaurant by a friend of Alex’s) and came back with new inspirations and for Pan to better understand Spain’s philosophies in the kitchen.
“I wanted to reconnect with my people, my country and my friends – and for Pan to see and experience those things too. You know, once she saw me in that environment, she said: “I understand now! We thought you were crazy, but now I get it!” Once she was able to appreciate the philosophy and the method – she realized I wasn’t crazy, there was a reason why I wanted things to be done a certain way and in a certain style.” – Alex Sanchez, an excerpt from That’s Beijing’s interview with Niajo’s owner Alex Sanchez and his chef Pan Huiya on their 3-month training in Spain (You can read more about their eye-opening culinary trip in the May issue of That’s Beijing magazine)
Needless to say, both Alex and Pan have returned to Beijing feeling excited about their new knowledge and motivated to implement what they’ve learned abroad into their own kitchen. With a whole new perspective from what’s happening in Spain’s top-rated restaurants, they’ve gone to work on putting together a brand-new menu for Niajo.
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.
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Migas’ Sunday Brunch
This winter, Migas Spanish restaurant has launched a sparkling Spanish brunch available every Sunday from 12PM-3PM with six different food stations and the extra option of adding on free-flow Codorniu Mediterranea Cava!
Better than your typical buffet set-up, Migas has thoughtfully put together 6 different food stations spread throughout the restaurant space for guests to help themselves to as many helpings as they please while keeping the stations quickly rotating through fresh replacements.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Alex Sanchez, CityWeekend, Galicia Night, Nali Patio, new menu, Niajo, Norma Bisbal, Open Kitchen, Paella, Sanlitun, Spanish food, tapas | 1 Comment »