LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Fabio Falanga, FU Tapas & Wine, FU 浮, Italian, Ju'er Hutong, La Dolce Vita, Mediterranean Cuisine, Mediterranean tapas, organic wines, tapas, wine | 2 Comments »
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Japanese food, Japanese Tapas, Maizidian, Pre-Opening Menu, Vin Vie, Vin Vino, wine, wine cocktails, 萬久 | 4 Comments »
From the people who brought you possibly my favourite lesser known restaurant in Beijing Vin Vie 萬火, comes a new opening: Vin Vino 萬久. For those of you who have been to Vin Vie, you will know that it is an izakaya style restaurant that also happens to offer a bunch of wine. Vin Vino extends this concept further. It is based around “Japanese Tapas” and wine.
It must be said that this makes the restaurant a pretty odd place to eat in. None of the Japanese influence is visible in the decoration as it looks more like a pseudo-Mediterranean bistro. At the same time, one glance at the menu and you will notice a lot of shiso leaf, soy sauce, tofu and other classic Japanese staples coexisting with ratatouille and risotto.
Furthermore, you’ll eat to the sounds of a soundtrack that seems to have been assembled by someone with multiple personality disorder. We counted atmospheric orchestral songs, Swedish pop, hardcore hip hop and more all in one evening. Yeah it’s a strange beast but don’t let that put you off. If anything, this should spark your curiosity.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Hot Tips, Upcoming Events | Tags: Buena Onda, Causa de Salmon Tartar, Ceviche, China Central Place, Dave Ball, Empanada de Carne, Francisco Chia, James Johnson, Locura de Navidad, Passion Sour, Pisco Sour, Sangria, Soul Bowls, The Bookworm, wine | No Comments »
Locura de Navidad: The Return of Buena Onda Pop-Up!
I could never have too much mulled wine and spiced cider. For me, it’s one of the best treats of the holiday season, just after honey-glazed ham and presents piled under the Christmas tree.
But it’s nice to mix things up every now and again and the team behind Buena Onda and Soul Bowls Pop-Up concepts (currently based out of The Bookworm in south Sanlitun) are bringing back the beloved Buena Onda pisco and ceviche concept for one night only – this Friday, December 18th!
“Nothing screams Christmas spirit like Pisco, so we’ve decided to throw an impromptu Christmas fiesta filled with our Classic Ceviche, Causa de Salmon Tartar and Empanada de Carne with salsa de aji verde. Wash these down with some Pisco Sour’s, Sangria, Beer or Wine, and salsa the night away to our funky latino beats.” – James Johnson, partner of Buena Onda & Soul Bowls
LumDimSum | Filed under: A Day In My Life, Charity, Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Badr Benjelloun, Brazilian Embassy, Cajun, Caravan, CBD, Chicken Tagine, creative art space, Cuju, Duck Étouffée, Live Music, Moroccan, New Orleans, Philanthropy in Motion (PIM), soul food, wine | 3 Comments »
Moroccans won’t let you walk out hungry
After a quiet Chinese New Year’s break, the BJ FOoDiEs team have woken up from winter hibernation and jump started 2015 with a packed-out dinner party at Beijing’s newest up-and-coming Moroccan/Cajun restaurant called Caravan. Opened just a few months ago by Badr Benjelloun, this is another multi-purpose venue combining the concepts of a soul-food restaurant, wine bar, live music + creative art space hotspot into one. Seems like a lot, but actually it makes perfect sense once you know this is by the same brains and talents behind Cuju Moroccan Bistrot, Rummery + Sports Bar (click here for LDS review).
Still in soft-opening, Caravan actually opened their restaurant specifically for the BJ FOoDiEs crew this past Sunday, March 14 (they normally are closed Sunday evenings). On top of that, they managed to serve up a fully packed house of 50+ foodies to sample their signature dishes representative of both Badr’s Moroccan and Cajun roots. Similar to the lively, rambunctious nights I’ve enjoyed at Cuju, Caravan was so much fun with drink specials all night (house wine that’s friggin’ fantastic), food made with so much heart (the chicken tagine was slow cooked for over 12 hours!) and Badr’s sincere hospitality where he proudly claims – “if us Moroccans can do something right, it’s to never let people walk out hungry!”
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Alex Sanchez, Business Lunch, Nali Patio, Niajo, Sanlitun, Spanish food, Weekday Lunch Deal, wine | 3 Comments »
Savor Your Lunch Hour with Niajo’s Business Set Lunch
Lunch is more often than not absolutely manic with either a take-away sandwich or a delivery direct to my office. But if I find myself with an excuse to take someone out to a work-related lunch in the Sanlitun neighborhood, Niajo is at the top of my list for a fantastic business set lunch.
For Niajo’s three-course meal, diners have 3 choices for both starters and main courses which normally includes a soup and salad in the starter choices and a pasta, seafood and meaty dish for mains. Along with a weekly dessert special, guests are also treated to a glass of wine, beer, soft drink, coffee or tea for the all-inclusive price of only RMB 98 per person.
Not only is this a great deal, their lunch menu changes weekly and often features new dishes that aren’t even on their regular menu, which makes these lunches that much more enticing. Check out the menu below for what was on offer a couple weeks back:
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: curated wine, Delivery, Mike Signorelli, Signature Wine Club, wine | 2 Comments »
Sign up for Signature Wine Club: International wines curated by sommeliers delivered to your door
Unless you already have a trusted, go-to wine brand, finding a nice and reasonably priced bottle of wine is comparable to picking a needle out of a haystack.
A curated wine delivery service that sends you 2-3 wines each month, what Signature Wine Club offers is the gift of convenience alongside a little wine education for those who care to learn a little more about where their wine comes from, how to handle and store them and pair their wines with food.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: antipasto, breakfast, cafe, catering, Chaoyang Park West Gate, Cheesecake, coffee, Deli de Luxe, delicatessen, Delivery, gourmet food store, Healthy, Parkview Towers, salads, soups, wholesome, wine | 7 Comments »
Gourmet Food Store, Delivery and Catering all rolled into one Quaint Cafe
You need to get through a side entrance gateway of Parkview Towers to gain access to gourmet food store and quaint little cafe Deli de Luxe (unless you already have their delivery service on your speed dial). There’s even a guard at the gate that you must get past. Best way to know if you’re at the correct spot is to find the entrance directly across from Suzie Wong’s (the west side of Chaoyang Park West Gate).
Deli de Luxe is delightfully lovely if you fancy a nice cup of coffee (made with locally roasted beans and fresh organic milk) alongside a beautifully fresh salad or an excellent slice of cheesecake. I came with a couple of fellow foodies after hitting a round of golf balls at the driving range just around the corner. With the sun was shining, the wooden tables and benches outside were exactly what we had in mind for a relaxing wind-down mid-morning.
Though the cafe is pretty small, the variety is not. They offer a wide range of daily specials (salad, soup, hot dish, risotto), breakfast pastries, muesli, egg croissant sandwiches, organic quiches, toasted Ciabatta sandwiches and a whole list of sweets including their specialty cheesecake with berry coulis. Check out snapshots of their fully-stocked counter and massive open fridge with everything pre-prepped and 95% ready to go.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Bao Yuan Dumpling House 宝源饺子屋, Chaoyang Park West Gate, izakaya, Japanese food, Kagen, Maizidian, Middle Kingdom Fitness, Tim Hill, Tori Tei BBQ, Vin Vie, wine, Yakitori | 12 Comments »