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Back in the day, Sanlitun was an upstart neighbourhood with a grotty street that became known as Bar Street and very little else to recommend it. The area has been transformed since then and the latest development is the Topwin centre, which also houses the new Intercontinental Hotel set to open later this year.
If you’ve walked past it, you can’t help but notice there is a big Mercedes presence and it isn’t to sell cars. Mercedes have decided to try and branch out over recent years and begun opening Mercedes Me around the world. This one in Beijing is currently the biggest, with a shop, cafe, bar and a restaurant. So, recently your intrepid blogger went to find out why on earth a car manufacturer has entered the restaurant business.
“The world’s largest Mercedes me venue at 2,800 m2, the venue is home to the meCafe, a Southeast Asian Café; a juice bar by meCafe; the Lighthouse, a cosmopolitan watering hole; SiFang SanChuan, a modern Chinese restaurant; a gallery space, and retail component. Designed by HG Merz, the venue is a project created by operated by Cakeshop Originals.
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Zhang Mama: a better, spicier version of home-cooking
I’ll admit I can be skeptical when it comes to Chinese restaurants. All too often I hear people get excited about a restaurant that is simply not bad. And when I say not bad I mean not actively bad. I find that that there are only a handful of trusted restaurants that I would ever consider taking out of town guests to, because most places are just not up to scratch.
With that in mind, I approached Zhang Mama 张妈妈特色川味馆 hesitantly both because I thought it might be over-hyped and also the idea of waiting outside in the cold for an indefinite amount of time sounded unbearably frustrating. But I’m a sucker for peer pressure and there were more than several trusted foodies raving about the place. With a newly updated Restaurant Hit List for 2016 and Zhang Mama right at the top, it was time. …and the promise of a pre-dinner wine guzzle to warm us up for the cold wait, I was inevitably coaxed into going. It was worth it. And now I’m kicking myself for not getting myself here sooner.
So a few things about the place: first up, there are 2 locations. The original on Fensiting Hutong (across from Rager Pie), where you are almost guaranteed not to get a table, and the new location on Jiaodaokou (across from Katchup), where you might be able to. They don’t take reservations so plan accordingly.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Cicada Ultra Lounge, creativity, ma la, Sanlitun North Village, Sichuan, Sichuan peppercorns, Spicy, Taikoo Li North, Transit, Transit 渡金湖 | 4 Comments »
A Creative Take on Fiery Sichuan in North Sanlitun
Transit 渡金湖 is a long time (for Beijing) favorite and a revisit was long overdue. First started in 2002, the original location in Gongti is no more, but the spacious new digs in Sanlitun North Village may look cold as ice, but the fiery Sichuan fare keeps this respected establishment a destination for spice lovers.
Transit’s Sleek Entrance on the 3rd floor of Sanlitun North Village
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Travel | Tags: Cantonese, Chengdu, Chinese, City of Gastronomy, duck egg, egg tarts, KFC, Li Xuan, Matsutake mushrooms, Ossetra Caviar, Ritz-Carlton, Sichuan, Sichuan Tea Marinated Boneless Wagyu, Sichuanese, UNESCO, Wagyu Beef Short Ribs, Ya Jia restaurant | No Comments »
First Impressions at Li Xuan, Ritz Carlton Chengdu
Once the capital of the ancient Shu Dynasty with a rich history of over 3,000 years, Chengdu is named by Forbes as one of the world’s fastest growing cities in the world. Aside from all the international appeal they get from pandas, traditional Sichuan Opera and the Kung Fu Chinese tea culture, Chengdu was also named a UNESCO “City of Gastronomy” in 2010.
“The city Chengdu was acknowledged for being the birthplace of many culinary traditions and is home to a vibrant community of gastronomic professionals who are actively promoting innovation in food and sustainable strategies for the development of quality culinary practices. It has a unique culinary culture which manifests local culture and demonstrates the preservation and cultivation of gastronomic creativity.”
More than just excellent fiery cuisine, Chengdu prides itself on its variety and creative interpretations of traditional dishes. After a very unique dining experience at Yu Jia Restaurant 喻家厨房, we were lucky enough to dine at the Ritz Carlton’s Li Xuan Chinese restaurant.
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