It’s zaijian to mojitos and ni hao to margaritas as Fubar in Workers Stadium mixes things up for its monthly RMB1 drinks event. Since April, the deal has been RMB1 mojito martinis from 6 PM to 8 PM on the first day of each month. On August 1, Fubar will instead serve what co-owner Chad Lager calls an “Australian margarita”.* It includes 50 ml of pepperberry vodka, 25 ml each of pineapple gin and triple sec, and lime cordial blended with ice (dingoberry garnish still to be confirmed). That’s August 1, same time (6 PM to 8 PM), same place (Fubar).
* Why did Lager decide on “Australian” margaritas for August 1? Is it because on that day in 1949, the Snowy Mountains Authority came into being and resulted in a hydroelectricity and irrigation project covering more than 5,000 square kilometers of New South Wales? Is it because this date is closest to that on which Arthur Stace, who chalked the word “eternity” on the pathways of Sydney for 35 years, died? Or is it because the vodka and the gin used in this margarita are from Tasmania? I fear we shall never know…
A heads up for fans of Mosto: the third-floor Nali Patio restaurant will close for renovations for a week, from Sunday, August 1 to Monday, August 9. Meanwhile, the team is aiming to open the second establishment, Modo, on the third floor of Sanlitun Village in early August. Says Oscar Teran, who is handling the PR for the two places, the furniture is in place and the menu is nearly finished.
Everyone and his brother wanted to join.
Members club The Apartment is slated to reopen in mid-August under the same name, says a source involved in the project. On the top floor of Tongli Studio, across from the entrance to Kokomo, The Apartment opened last year with 25 founding “flatmates” who were given access to everything from private parties to the bar fridge to the laser printer and who could recommend others as members. Membership grew from 25 to 85 but joining soon became “a cool thing to do” and went against the spirit of the project, says the source. The idea is to reopen it as more of a drinking club. An increased number of people would have access to the place via the thumbprint lock but becoming a “flatmate”, which includes benefits such as discounts, would involve a stricter process. Well, and both these pics are from that movie, maybe not Animal House strict …
So the rules will become a wee bit stricter.
Quick quiz: The favorite foods of NBA star Kevin Garnett are: a) sea urchin, tuna tartar, and halibut linguine, or b) hamburgers, french fries, and pizza?
If you answered b), you know your Boston Celtics. But if you want to see him possibly eat a), you are in luck, because Room Beijing will host “an evening with NBA Star Kevin Garnett” on August 1 from 7 PM. The dinner also includes everything from pot-roasted black cod to the restaurant’s well-known “fruit tree” dessert (see menu here). It starts at 7 PM, costs RMB688 (plus 10 percent, does not include drinks), and will be followed by an after-party at 10 PM with DJ Wordy. For reservations, call 8517-2033.
Soon with more hand-spiced pepperoni...
While that superb two-for-one pizza deal at Gung Ho ends this Saturday, there is good news for those who have become fans of these pies but think they will be too expensive at regular prices: As of Sunday, Gung Ho will increase its pizza sizes, but keep the same regular prices.
The large will go from 12 inches to 14 inches, making it slightly more than a third bigger, says Gung Ho’s Rich Akers. And the medium will go from 9 inches to 11 inches, which by my calculations makes it about 50 percent bigger. These guys couldn’t have planned it better.
I’ve ordered a dozen pizzas since Gung Ho opened three weeks ago and this added value means more four-cheese pies will be coming my way. For the menu, see here.
(Because my brain is on slow today, I asked two wordsmiths sitting nearby–Andy B and K Square–to help with the title of this post. Their ideas included, “An extra two inches do matter”, “the Ho just got bigger”, and “Forget 7-ELEVEN, it’s nine to eleven”. It’s nice to have friends.)
A handful of restaurants/bars are on the verge of opening on the third floor of Sanlitun Village, though some of the projects have teetered on that edge for a quite a while due, say numerous sources, to administrative issues (factor #157 to be considered by anyone who thinks it would be “fun” to open a place). Construction is also under way in the northeast corner, though I am not sure what is going in there. Anyway, here are the five spots that barring any more delays should be open within the next month, some of them possibly within the next week:
- Flamme: A two-floor grill in the former Peppe’s Pizza location. The set-up team includes Dev Raturi (formerly of Meat & Wine), Jeffrey Powell (The Orchard and Element Fresh, among other places), and Paul Mathew (see www.bloodandsand.com). It looks pretty much finished and could be open within the next week.
- Modo: The second establishment by Daniel Urdaneta and Alex Molina of Mosto, next door in Nali Patio, its closest neighbors are Toni & Guy and Karaiya Spice House. See here for more details.
- Stumble Inn: The second edition of the former subterranean pub on Lucky Street, the project is headed by Glenn Phelan and Shane Neill and is in the former Double Coffee space. The sign is now up and the operation has a customized company vehicle–look for a bright yellow motorcycle with sidecar zooming around Sanlitun.
- Queen’s: Beijing branch of the Hong Kong outfit of the same name, this large project is headed by Susanna Tang and includes a bakery, cafe, numerous dining areas, and a wine bar. Located on the south side between Karaiya and Ganges. See here for more details.
- Leaf: On the west side, it will feature Korean beef barbecue. The place has a Korean chef and aims to open within the next week. A nice decor, with plush charcoal gray seating.
Photo courtesy of Jonah Kessel (jonahkessel.com)
Last week’s post by Sarah Peel about her top five places to get coffee in Beijing inspired others to recommend spots. Here are a few, including the Twitter IDs of those making the recommendations.
“Best coffee in Beijing. Cafe Excuse @ Drum Tower. Go there before Gulou is ‘redeveloped.’ Get to know the owners and staff.” – @gadyepstein
“I recommend the coffee (and homemade ginger ale) at Alba. Great place to work, and very nice people.” – @bokane, seconded by @lhiver
“Meet @ftcoffee. They ship. It’s cheap, it’s delicious, it’s from Yunnan. You can thank me later.” @mark_e_evans
“Jamaica Blue. Good quality coffee and they remember my previous order — syrup and no milk — but confirm to make sure I want it that way again.” – @ksquare77
I’m not an aficionado, and generally seek spots to work while drinking my java, but I’ll give a shout to the American coffee–no sugar, no cream–at The Bookworm. It has a slight bitterness, comes in a pretty big mug, and offers decent value at RMB20. Speaking of value, it is hard to beat the bottomless cup for RMB22 at Union Bar & Grille (RMB10 if you are adding it to the set menu at lunch).
The second post in the Beijing Photo Five series of pics that I want to share and don’t fit elsewhere. See also: Dita von Teese, Pee Monkey tribute*, stairway to nowhere.
Gin-tastic: An Alfonso Special at George's bar.
Can't see the taster for the wine: New Zealand vs France event.
Electric sashimi: A plate in a Park Hyatt function room.
Tasting in progress: 2010 Grape Wall Challenge at Maison Boulud.
Egg-cellent: Lunch at Maison Boulud during Grape Wall Challenge.