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Sign Up for Hatsune’s Sake Sensei Dinner Party
Sake can be intimidating. A drink most people would happily cheers to (sake bomb anyone?), but would you know how to order it? Do you more often drink hot or cold sake and do you know the difference other than the temperature?
Hatsune takes as much pride in its sake list as they do with the creative California-style sushi rolls that they’re so widely known for. Offering different varieties of sake ranging in price and taste, they try to make sake as accessible as possible to their sushi-crazed fans.
On a mission to share their love and appreciation for sake, Hatsune’s owner Alan Wong is taking charge by hosting a dinner party focused entirely on sake (supplemented by full dinner menu of course).
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Introducing Hatsune’s January Specialty Dish of the Month
I’ve been switched on to Beef Tongue ever since The Taco Bar introduced their Lengua Tacos into my life. So for anyone who thinks Beef Tongue sounds weird, think again.
I find that it doesn’t matter where I am in the world, many different cuisines will feature beef tongue on their menus. And whenever I order a beef tongue dish, it’s guaranteed to be juicy and tender. And Hatsune’s Sizzling Beef Tongue Rice Bowl is no exception.
Showcased as their monthly featured dish of the month, this off-menu dish is worth a trip to Hatsune alone. No longer will you be only craving their California-style sushi creations. The well-marbled beef over a bed of rice and topped with diced spring onions and nori strips is served to your table still very pink. Don’t be alarmed, your server will then politely ask you for permission to pour in a small cup of thick Yakiniku sauce covered in sesame seeds. Once the sauce is poured right on top, your server will proceed to thoroughly mix up all the ingredients in the hot stone pot, which turns the beef tongue to a light brown color.
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8-Bit: Complete with Video Games Galore, Craft Beer + Sushi
Located on the north end of Beiluoguxiang, near the 2nd ring road, 8-Bit is a novel concept for Beijing.
“Beijing’s first retro game bar, 8-BIT provides comfortable surroundings, a full array of quality alcohol and, of course, a classic lineup of 80s and 90s consoles, games and competitions. Providing genuine retro gaming on original old-skool consoles (none of that simulator bullsh*t), 8 BIT Bar has invested in collectible, fully working versions of vintage favorites like the NES, SNES, Atari, Mega Drive and the (Super) Game Boy.” - 8-Bit’s Facebook Page
Spread over 3 floors, it is a video gaming bar, another video gaming bar and a rooftop terrace. The ground floor has Arrow Factory beers on tap and a selection of 7 different gaming options including N64, Gamecube, PlayStation 2 amongst others.
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Yotsuba’s Lunch Deal is Lavishly Rewarding
You might think that RMB 150 is too much to pay for a set lunch when you can get plenty of fantastic lunch options for half the price, but don’t be so quick to dismiss.
Yotsuba 四叶 has a strong reputation for fresh and high quality fish flown in straight from Tokyo’s Tsukiji market. And as much as I have enjoyed the few dining experiences that I have had at Yotsuba, it’s just not possible to dine here regularly unless you don’t mind spending over RMB 800-1,000 per person for a dinner. So that’s why I’m singing praises for their weekday lunch sets because it is significantly more affordable than ordering off their a la carte menu (don’t even think about saying “Omakase” for chef’s choice menu) and though you might think that RMB 150 is a bit of a splurge for lunch, you’ll walk out of Yotsuba feeling grateful having fully satisfied your fresh sashimi/sushi/seafood cravings.
LDS Snapshots of Sushi Yotsuba:
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Entering the wonderful world of Hatsune, most people become quickly acquainted with the restaurant group’s legendary Californian-Japanese sushi rolls, but Hatsune’s recent “Sake Sensei” Dinner Party on Wednesday, July 8th shifted the focus from sushi to sake. Where wine tastings are hosted on a much more regular basis in various restaurants around town, the Hatsune team is passionate about their wine of choice – rice wine.
Hosted by Hatsune’s owner, creator and super sake geek Alan Wong, he personally greeted dinner guests with hot sake shots and cold Asahi beer before the dinner event officially started and the arrival of bottles of premium sake paired with a gorgeous dinner menu featuring Hatsune’s signature dishes alongside a few new dish creations (I’ve already put in a personal request for Alan to add that Aburi-Steak to their menu permanently).
From sake bottles that are favorites on Hatsune’s sake menu to off-menu sakes brought out from Alan’s own collection, each type of sake was distinctly unique in smoothness, flavor and after-taste. Just as interesting as it was to taste the different variations of sake, was seeing how polarizing some sake were – how much some people favored one over the other, but all growing an appreciation for sake that they didn’t have before.
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Magical NIKKEI Pop-Up Dinner by Chef Daniel Urdaneta + Alan Wong
I had to pinch myself to check whether I was dreaming or if it was real.
Like a fairytale dream come true, NIKKEI emerged out of the thundering clouds early Wednesday evening and exceeded all expectations for a truly extraordinary pop-up dining experience. Not only were we blessed with absolutely the best weather known to Beijing, the two talented teams behind Mosto and Hatsune created something spectacular behind those linen curtains. As guests arrived on the 4th floor rooftop of Nali Patio, they knew they were a part of something special, feeling like they just walked into Beijing’s best kept secret.
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