Coffee fanatics will be happy to know Ocean Grounds opened today in the Hi Long Building at the corner of Xindong Road and Workers Stadium North. The ground floor venue is at the building’s north end and will serve as a cafe from 8:30 AM to 6 PM before transitioning to a bar until 1 AM. There will be four permanent coffee-themed cocktails on the menu as well as seasonal specialties, classic drinks and more, says Jim Lee. Look for the food menu to include offerings by Tavalin Bagels and Andy’s Craft Sausages.
XL, a new bar by a team that includes Jane Cui of Nearby the Tree fame, is now open in the building due north of Heaven Supermarket. (You will find it on the ground floor in the corridor between that building and the one behind it.) The design is a work in progress at this airy venue that includes bar and table seating and an open kitchen. Expect mixed drinks from rmb35, wine from rmb40, including a decent Malbec, and numerous beer options. In terms of food, Cui says the guys behind the Temple burger gave her advice on the patties and she is also serving Andy’s Craft Sausages.
Speaking of Heaven Supermarket, check out the fancy new facade that has been added as this beer haven expands to absorb most of the former James Joyce space.
Amy Li and Jonathan Ansfield, best known in dining circles for Vietnamese restaurant Susu, plan to open a sibling to their Thai joint Pak Pak in the Daimler Building. The new restaurant will take over the former car showroom in The Office Park. Li and Ansfield just returned from a week of taste-testing in Thailand so perhaps we’ll find some new items on the menu.
Also of note:
- Signs for a Blue Frog have been up for some time in The Office Park.
- Union Bar & Grille has reopened in Sanlitun Village South.
- Pudao Wines has the spotlight on rose this month, including labels from France, Spain, Italy and Lebanon.