LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: 6 lunch sets, Beyond Yakitori, Chris Niu, Japanese, Ramen, salads, Set Lunch Meal, Topwin Center, udon, Weekday Lunch Sets, Yakitori | 1 Comment »
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Hot Tips | Tags: Bistrot B, Chef Jarrod Verbiak, Côte de Bœuf, French food, Le Fromager De Pekin, Set Lunch Meal, The Rosewood Beijing, Wagyu Beef Burger | 4 Comments »
Bistrot B’s Wagyu Burger is Well Worth the Price Tag
There has been an awakening over the past couple of years in the Beijing dining scene. The Rosewood Beijing‘s Bistro B casual French restaurant represents a welcome development in the city. Unpretentious, high quality and locally sourced food that will be gratifying to any who find themselves overwhelmed by the fast pace of change in China. The focus is on French cuisine, but this is far from dogmatic and the menu accounts for all tastes.
Head Chef Jarrod Verbiak earned his stripes working under Daniel Boulud at Daniel in New York. The Rosewood Beijing as a whole made a commitment to sourcing locally wherever possible and Jarrod is no exception. He is clearly passionate about and supporting local farms and artisans with produce coming from farms in Shunyi out by the airport and cheeses made locally by Le Fromagier De Pekin. Seasonality is another priority, and the menu changes regularly to reflect this.
With an expansive open kitchen, a large display of fresh seafood and the smell of crisp baked bread, your senses will be alert from the get-go. A team of chefs buzzes busily around preparing and plating food. It’s another touch of honesty about the food that is nice to see.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: 5Js Pure Ibérico Ham, Abadía Retuerta wines, Martching, Migas, Nali Patio, Sanlitun, Set Lunch Meal, Weekday Lunch Deal | 5 Comments »
What’s better than BACON?! Answer: 5Js Pure Ibérico Ham
For the month of March (Hurry! Only a few weeks left!), Migas is going to be your new best friend. If you’re as mad about Spanish ham as I am, you’ll be ecstatic to know that Migas is featuring a “March & Match” deal featuring two premium Spanish products: “Martching” 5Js Pure Ibérico Ham and top-notch Abadía Retuerta wines.
Basically, the deal is buy-one-get-one-free so if you order a plate of 50g or 100g of ham, you will get double the portion for the same price! Feeling extra indulgent? You can also double your glass of Abadia Retuerta wine for the price of one.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Back Alley Bistro, Big Smoke, Côte de Bœuf, French Bistrot, French food, French Fries, Modo, Morton's Steakhouse, Mosto, mustard sauce, O'Steak, Set Lunch Meal, Steak, TripAdvisor, Weekday Lunch Deal | 3 Comments »
Cafe de la Poste was always one of Beijing’s solid steak options and the lively (at times, rambunctious) atmosphere was part of its style and charm. Expanding beyond its little nook in Beixinqiao, the same team is behind O’Steak Bistrot, one of the newest additions to the up-and-coming Xingfucun dining strip across from April Gourmet and around the corner from Big Smoke and Back Alley Bistro.
Though O’Steak has been only been open for about 6 months, they’ve got a ton of reviews online (see below for list of links) and they’re ranked #12 out of over 9,000 restaurants in Beijing on TripAdvisor with title headline in bold across their page “Best Steak house in Beijing”. Bold claims to shout but it also got me geared up for my first dining experience.
LDS Snapshots of O’Steak:
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Caribeño, CBD, China Overseas Plaza, China World Summit Wing, CityWeekend, Cuban, Cuban Restaurant, DJ "Mambo" Jack, Guanghua Lu SOHO, Roja Vieja, Salsa Dance, Set Lunch Meal, theBeijinger, Weekday Lunch Deal | No Comments »
Vibrant, Authentic Cuban Food in Beijing’s CBD
*I’m going to preface this post by disclosing that I went for dinner at Caribeño mid-December 2013, but I wanted to wait for my trusted foodie friend to return for a second try and I’m pleased to report that after a month after our first visit together, he’s confirmed that the quality and taste of the set lunch meal yesterday was up to par with expectations.
After hearing (and reading) pretty praise-worthy reviews of Caribeño Cuban restaurant, I knew it would be worth the effort to find it. I didn’t know where the China Overseas Plaza building was, but I figured it couldn’t be too hard to find as it’s on Guanghua Lu. I assumed it would be just one of the tall buildings between Guanghua Lu SOHO and China World Summit Wing…and it is…kinda. After cycling our bikes between the few buildings (it was dark = more difficult to navigate), turns out it’s down some small alleyways that loop around the west side of China World Summit Wing.
Once we did find the building, I admit I was baffled that I had never noticed this building before (it’s huge!), never knew it even existed. It’s so centrally located in the CBD, and yet, it’s still such a random location for this newly opened Cuban restaurant. Placed in the corner of your average office building, you see two heavy doors propped open for all to see inside along with its menu translated into Chinese on a standing pull-up poster (I’m assuming this is for many of the building’s office workers passing by the restaurant doors daily).
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Bed Bar, Cafe Sambal, Cho Chong Gee, hutong courtyard, Malaysian cuisine, Set Lunch Meal, Southeast Asian, Weekend Brunch | 2 Comments »
Cafe Sambal Set Lunch: Combination of 2 Meats and 2 Vegetables
Café Sambal celebrated its 11 year anniversary just last month (December 20, 2013) and after so many years, they are still located in the same historic area of Gulou serving modern Malaysian cuisine in a beautiful, well-preserved hutong courtyard.
“Café Sambal features a colorful, refreshing menu with a strong depth of flavor dishes are prepared using traditional methods to ensure authenticity of taste, but with a modern take ensuring originality. ‘Sambal’, a typical chili-based Malaysian condiment, represents our commitment to uphold our roots and to offer our diners an authentic Malaysian dining experience.” – Excerpt from Cafe Sambal’s Website
A restaurant that knows how to strike the right balance of rustic authenticity and minimalistic charm, they’ve not only survived the past 11 years, they’ve done well for themselves. Though it was heartbreaking to see Beijing’s hutong nightlife institution BED Bar close its doors in August 2013 (and then again mid-September), it pleases me to see that Cafe Sambal is still going strong.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Hot Tips | Tags: Aussie Desserts, cafe, Great Leap Brewing, Kin Hong, LumDimSum 1-on-1, Meilian Tan, sandwiches, Set Lunch Meal, Sweet Tooth, Sweet Tooth Bakery | 14 Comments »
Home of the Moistest, Most Melt-in-Your-Mouth Red Velvet Cake
Sweet Tooth Bakery is my new guilty pleasure. But it’s honestly so good that I don’t feel a smidgen of guilt eating it. I should probably think about the calories, the butter, the sugar, but I really don’t. When I bite into each slice of cake, pie and delicate dessert by Sweet Tooth Bakery, all I can think about is savoring every last crumb.
And ultimately, that is what Sweet Tooth Bakery is all about – satisfying your strong craving for sweets with their specialty desserts.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Pinotage, Sanlitun SOHO, Set Lunch Meal, South African cuisine | 3 Comments »