With dumpling-making classes and pizza dinners in full swing at their covert neighboring venue space on Baochao, The Orchid team is shaking things up in the hutongs, no doubt. They’ve now unveiled Furongji, a new laidback dim sum spot, steps away from the charming boutique hotel – essentially completing the trifecta.
The casual vibe reads trendy canteen with its minimalist decor: dangling wire string lights, tile floors, wooden booths and a subtle hint of color from their painted logo by the entrance. Pick and choose from a menu checklist of dim sum delights, aptly sectioned off into several categories from steamed and boiled dishes to rice rolls, and the number of rounds too.
From the soft steamed taro balls and pan-fried radish cakes (both RMB28) to the chazhou fenguo dumplings (RMB36), Furongji is dishing out dim sum classics with a tasty twist. They’ve even got fatty chicken feet (RMB28), so you know it’s legit. Add a hot bowl of coconut chicken soup (RMB28) for those especially chilly days.
The winner of the bunch is a simple steamed rice bowl topped with a round beef cake and egg (RMB36) – a savory and filling dish that we’ll now find ourselves craving at all hours of the day. Drinks consist of mainly teas – milk and cold-brewed varieties – though they’ve also got Ovaltine shakes made with ice cream from The Bake Shop. We don’t know where that fits in exactly, but we don’t mind.
Treating ourselves to some cool lychee black tea ice cream with chewy boba pearls (RMB28), we’re feeling jazzed. A hip hutong spot for bite-size cravings? Not a bad place to start a Saturday night before venturing on to Gulou cocktail bar stalwarts like Mai Bar and Modernista nearby (and maybe shamelessly stumble back into for some Sunday brunch the next day.)
[Images via Furongji]