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Introducing The Orchid’s New Private Residences
My choice recommendation for out of town guests is always The Orchid.
A boutique hotel nestled in the hutongs by Gulou, the Orchid represents everything that I love about Beijing’s hutongs. A peaceful, zen-inducing traditional Chinese courtyard surrounded by green trees and a second floor dining room with a rooftop terrace that’s one of the most gorgeous that this city has to offer.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Hot Tips, Upcoming Events | Tags: Baochao Hutong, Big Ass Prawns, boutique hotel, Gulou, Joel Shucat, Middle Eastern, New Dinner Menu, Tasting Menu, The Orchid, The Taco Bar, Toast Restaurant | 3 Comments »
Be Among the First to Test Taste The Orchid’s New Dinner Menu!
Every time I go to The Orchid, I leave wishing I spent more time there. Sadly, it seems everyone else feels the same way as the place is almost always booked solid. The good news is that even if you can’t get a reservation to stay, they have made some new renovations and are opening a full kitchen. The Orchid’s Toast Restaurant’s weekend brunch is already drawing in crowds beyond their hotel guests, but this dinner concept featuring bold Middle Eastern flavours is looking like it will turn out to be a killer addition.
Still Finishing Final Touches, The Orchid’s Expanded Dining Area
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Black Sesame Kitchen’s New Courtyard Flagship Location
One of my favorite hidden gem places to bring out of town guests, it was heartbreaking to say the least when Black Sesame Kitchen had to close down their Black Sesame Hutong location to all public cooking classes and events about two years ago. Though they had a short-lived stint hosting weekly dinners at The Orchid Boutique Hotel, they have now moved into their new flagship location at The Courtyard Institute.
A place where I always felt at home, where I met so many fellow foodies and Beijing friends, Black Sesame Kitchen (BSK) was all about quality home-cooked Chinese staples done exceptionally well with minimal use of oil and salt, no MSG and just the cutest chefs imaginable.
Though I haven’t hosted a dinner at Black Sesame since they closed their original location, I used to be a regular and I know their staple dishes quite well. Just last weekend, I was invited as a guest to a small dinner party for 7 at Black Sesame’s new location and was delighted to be seated among some of Black Sesame’s biggest fans including the dinner party hosts Michael and Joanna Crain (founders of the legendary Chi Fan for Charity annual charity event in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong), Benjamin Manthey (fellow foodie and CrossFit Slasher who used to work at Black Sesame as a host once upon a time), the lovely Sarah Keenlyside (founder of Bespoke Beijing Travel Co.) and Superwoman Sue Zhou of SueZhouDoesFood (go to her Summer BBQ this weekend!). Needless to say, I was sitting among some of Beijing’s most knowledgeable foodies!
LumDimSum | Filed under: Hot Tips, Upcoming Events | Tags: Anniversary Event, boutique hotel, Canadian, Dashilar, Gulou, hutong, Joel Shucat, The Orchid, Tibetan, Youngcall | No Comments »
A remarkable boutique hotel designed to make you fall in love with Beijing
Mad respect to the little boutique hotel that could, and did!
A co-creation by a Tibetan and a Canadian, Youngcall and Joel have successfully built and operated The Orchid hotel for the past four year, “their dream living space in the heart of Beijing, who’s purpose was to show the world what the city is really all about”.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Hot Tips, Upcoming Events | Tags: Keanu Reeves, Kin Hong, New Venue, Newsletter, Pop-Up Restaurant, Re-Opening, Rocky, Sanlitun, tacos, The Orchid, The Taco Bar, Website | 2 Comments »
Get on The Taco Bar’s Guestlist!
The Taco Bar has just announced that they’re hoping to break ground on construction soon for their new venue location!
I can’t give away too much yet as dates of their re-opening are still tentative, location is being kept hushed (no peekaboo faces watching their every move), but what I CAN tell you is that -
1. The landing page of their website is LIVE - http://www.tacobarchina.com/
LumDimSum | Filed under: A Day In My Life, Foodies & Dining Scene, Hot Tips | Tags: Andy Horowitz, Andy's Craft Sausage, Joel Shucat, Kin Hong, Mexican food, Pop-Up, Pop-Up Restaurant, tacos, The Orchid, The Taco Bar | 1 Comment »
The Coolest Event of BJ Design Week Thus Far:
The Taco Bar Pops-Up in The Orchid’s Upcoming Space in Dashilar
A pop-up that spread through Beijing’s foodie community like wildfire, news of The Taco Bar making a brief return was reason enough for me to cancel all prior engagements and head straight over knowing that they would most definitely run out of seats and, more importantly, tacos.
Located in what looks like an abandoned warehouse just off of Meishijie in Dashilar, this is what you step into:
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