Mifan/Mafan: Bite-sized reviews of the latest openings

By That's Beijing, September 9, 2015

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In our new monthly feature Mifan/Mafan, we cover the latest restaurant and bar openings in the form of bite-sized reviews. All we hope to do is answer a simple question: is the rice worth the hassle?

En Vain

The thing about there being only one baijiu bar in the world until now (Capital Spirits), is that baijiu bar No. 2 only really has one baijiu bar to compete against (Capital Spirits). En Vain will inevitably draw comparisons, which, unfortunately for them, is not a good thing.

En vein

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Two Guys and a Pie

Listen up, bogans: Two Guys and a Pie are back with their distinctly Antipodean brand of meat pies. Their new space is as small as it gets without becoming a rollaway cart. But that’s all our two guys need, because the meat pies are killer.

Two Guys and a Pie5

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Houhai is a shithole of double-decker-tourbus proportions. But we found love in this hopeless place, at Haven, whose Peach Smash (RMB50) coaxed oohs and aahs from our bourbon-soaked lips. Our only request is that they get some music on the roof, because that Houhai racket’s a bitch.


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La Cevicheria by Migas

This summer saw the opening of not one, but two pisco-and-ceviche joints, which is unusual, but hey – Peruvians are bound to make pisco and ceviche, we suppose. We tried La Cevicheria’s pisco sours (RMB35) and can attest that they’re frothy-good. This being part of Migas, we also expected creatively elegant South American cooking – and the wagyu beef tequenos (RMB98) were exactly that.

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Punk Rock Noodle

After struggling to sell cheese to the lactose intolerant (at the late Corner Melt), Jimi Sides and co are back. Sure, noodle restaurants in Beijing are a fen a dozen, but these servings (RMB28-38) are tasty, decently sized and accompanied by a brash dose of Oi! punk.

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The Smokeyard

The Smokeyard is the kind of place that would be on every corner of every American town. That’s not normally a good thing, but we’re in Beijing, so that makes it special, and the steak (RMB98) is a steal for its Sanlitun environs. Final verdict: It definitely doesn’t suck! But then that’s not much of an endorsement either, is it?

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more news

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Following the success of its kiosk in Taikoo Li North and roastery inside M Woods Longfusi, %Arabica has opened a third location in Sanlitun.

Mifan or Mafan: Awaguli Bar & Grill

There is no pork anywhere on the premises, but the menu provides just about everything else.

Beijing Restaurant Review: Malabocca

Malabocca’s focus is classic malatang, just like the ones you can find in any given shopping mall in the city, but with attempts to refine the formula a bit.

Beijing Restaurant Review: Gou Gou Guo

Gou Gou Guo is a welcomed and affordable addition to the already hoppin’ Xingfucun neighborhood.

Mifan or Mafan: Uncle Coffee

Tucked away in a nondescript hutong near Niu Jie, Uncle Coffee is exactly what many of Beijing’s third-wave coffee shops aspire to be.

Mifan or Mafan: Pang Mei Noodles

After a hiatus post-brickings, hutong favorite noodle joint Pang Mei popped back up in their previous location.

Mifan or Mafan: Oye Bar

Replacing the recently departed Charlie Chaplin Bar, Oye Bar keeps the same vibes and decor, with a menu switch-up and name change.

Beijing Restaurant Review: Shyno

The atmosphere at Shyno is sharp and clean, almost sterile, reminiscent of many hip Tokyo eateries.

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