Beer Mania plans to open a new venue — this time making it more restaurant than bar — but details are few and far between at the moment. What is clear is the food is much improved at the current venue due to the addition of the former Le Petit Gourmand chef Frederic and that inspires hope for the new venture. I wrote about the weekend brunch here, and have enjoyed it twice, and now this place has added a twist to its lunch.
Ever wondered what the restaurant staff eats while you pig out on your burger, lasagna or couscous? You can get a serving of Beer Mania staff eats, Monday through Friday from 11:30 AM to 2 PM, for rmb40. Add a soup, coffee, soda or beer for rmb10. Frederic says the menu is decided each day — he cited a sausage platter and a new salad creation as items served earlier this week. He adds that the idea originated from a curious American tenant who lives in the same building as Beer Mania.
The opening of Cantina Agave in Sanlitun Villagewill be delayed at least a week, with hopes the staff will be ringing up fish tacos and margaritas next Wednesday..
Look for Malty Dog to expand its draft beer options. Owner Jeff Ji says he plans to add a few American craft beers to the lineup — possibly Brooklyn Lager or Rogue Dead Guy Ale — to accompany what acquaintances tell me is his rapidly improving home brew.
And Le Petit Gourmand is fine-tuning its daily all-you-can-eat lunch and dinner buffets. Eating and drinking sessions are now limited to two hours per person and steak, seafood or sashimi is an extra rmb20 at lunch and rmb30 at dinner. The a la carte menu is available all day.