Here, a roundup of things we ate and gossiped about this month – for journalism, for research, for you, readers.
Do you love summer? Think again, because July is gross! July temperatures are hellish and the air is heavy. Couple this with even mild amounts of pollution, and you’ll find yourself breaking a sweat just trying to breathe properly.
This is why the best and only way to get through the month is at bars and restaurants. And Cravings has just the fix with its new beer garden, which launched last month. Actually, beer gardens are all the rage this summer: Jing-A has launched one too, in Chaoyang’s Damei, with projectors set up to stream the World Cup.
Though we don’t blame you if you’d like to drink inside this month. Q Mex’s sleek new location in Shuangjing is a great bet for margaritas. Though at Hagaki, if you buy a bottle of their signature sake this summer (and honestly, why wouldn’t you), enjoy half off your sushi bill.
Three-cheese empanadas from the new menu at Pebbles
Feel summery and air-conditioned at Pebbles, who’ve launched a new menu featuring a sweet guava tamal, served with ice cream and seasonal fruits (though they have a roof terrace, too, if you’re feeling bold). And enjoy a show-stopping chilled dish with Jing Yaa Tang’s Guangdong-inspired new summer menu – the Shunde Snapper (pictured in top image) is a raw DIY salad featuring slivers of fresh fish served chilled with a side of flavorful ingredients to choose from. Meanwhile, TRIBE’s new summer menu features healthy ‘voodles.’ Yes, voodles – that’s the word for vegetable noodles, a nutritious and delicious way to eat your vegetables.
It may be hell outside, but bars and restaurants are here to sustain you. Stay hydrated, Beijing.