Here, a roundup of things we ate and gossiped about this month – for journalism, for research, for you, readers.
It’s February, which means Spring Festival is here (and unfortunately, so are adjusted work weekends). While several places around the city are taking some much-needed (and well-deserved) time off, those of you who are sticking around Beijing for the week will be happy to hear that some of your favorite establishments like Bottega and El Barrio are still up and running, though operating at modified holiday hours until Feb. 10.
2019 is the Year of the Pig and there’s no better way to celebrate than to, uh, well – pig out. Go hog-wild at Pebbles Courtyard, where they’re bringing you al pastor tacos (using pork made authentically on a spit grill – they’re not playing around) and drink specials on Slow Boat brews every Wednesday night. (They'll be taking a short break for the holiday so don't miss out tonight!) If you're looking for places to party during Spring Festival, check out our guide for a full list of CNY events.
Image via Pebbles Courtyard
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and love is already in the air (or maybe it’s just the pollution that’s making us feel light-headed). Over at Mosto, they’ve prepared a dreamy dinner menu for the romantic occasion. Get ready to gaze lovingly into the eyes of that special someone (or your dinner plate) with darling offerings like French oysters garnished with pink pepper and caipirinha sorbet, strawberry and watercress salad, roasted beef tenderloin with purple potatoes and more. Bottega will also be serving themed dishes for the holiday like cheesy heart-shaped pizzas and red velvet cake.
Image via Bottega
Nothing toys with the hearts of us Beijingers more than the ever-looming threat of sudden restaurant closures. After the shocking news of trendy Lido joint Ramo’s abrupt closure last December, the latest casualty is Palms LA in Liangmaqiao – yes, these are truly dark times. But don’t worry, you can still get your favorite Korean-Mexican fusion fix from Taco Stop, the restaurant's mini location at The Other Place in Gulou.
[Cover image via Bottega]