In Mifan/Mafan, we cover the latest restaurant and bar openings in the form of bite-sized reviews. Here are the best openings of the past month, because all we hope to do is answer a simple question: is the rice worth the hassle?
Obentos is not just for lunch. Or at least it isn’t any longer – the healthy-Japanese joint’s second location in Liangmaqiao introduces new dinner-friendly offerings. Our hearts are tender for the equally tender braised pork with daikon and water chestnut (RMB82), but plates are small and shareable, so get a little of everything.
Long Jing specializes in ‘cockteals’ – an amalgamation of ‘tea’ and ‘cocktail’ – and nothing else. Anyway, these cockteals (RMB80-90) represent a fresh take on the traditional concept of a teahouse, which is something we can get behind… when the cocktails improve. Currently, they’re too light. Make yours a double.
At Ikkousha, waiters bellow salutations every time someone enters. In theory, this is endearing. In reality, it is obnoxious. In practice, though, it’s worth it for the ramen. The ‘Spicy God Hot’ variety (RMB43) is indeed spicy and godly. Fried chicken (RMB18) is similarly heavenly. Bring your own beer.
Glaçage’s eclairs are both stunningly flavorful and fresh as fuck. There’s really not much else to say, because that’s all they have – bomb-ass eclairs (RMB60) that are worth a trip to Liangmaqiao for, no matter where you are. We can’t imagine an occasion that wouldn’t be improved by the presence of one of these tender, phallic cream missiles. In short: Eclairs! Go get some!
Large, American-style sandwiches are about to cause a stir on Yonghegong Dajie, which is a booze-heavy and foreigner-heavy area that could probably sell a lot of large, American-style sandwiches. Offerings at Queenie's include steak-and-cheese, braised lamb and Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches, all wickedly cheap (RMB20-25).
Remicone is a wonderful place to get ice cream – if you get ice cream for the express purpose of posting a photo of it to WeChat, that is. Otherwise, you can end up paying RMB50 or more for what is simply a nice cone of nice cream. Good for a teen date though?
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