10 February 2017
Best Bites of Beijing (Feb 10 - 16)
Head to Opera Bombana for new set lunch
Opera Bombana Executive Chef Marino D'Antonio has created a new set lunch menu based on seasonal ingredients and health awareness. The three-course set menu (298 yuan/$43) is available from Monday to Friday and includes one glass of their daily red, white or sparkling wine, coffee or tea and homemade petit four. Some of the signature dishes of the restaurant are also seen on the set menu, such as the "Braised Beef Tongue and Roasted Wagyu Beef Tenderloin" and "Traditional Opera Cake".
Opera Bombana, LG2-21 Parkview Green Fangcaodi, No 9 Dongdaqiao Road, Chaoyang district, Beijing (010-5690 7177)
Old meets new on Nadaman's updated menu
Nadaman at China World Summit Wing has been known for its fine Japanese cuisine in the capital for about two centuries. Although guests may still think of the exquisite and traditional kaiseki when thinking of Nadaman, the restaurant has taken big steps in exploring innovative modern dishes and desserts. For example, its new à la carte and set menus will cover a wide range of the traditional, such as kaiseki and sashimi, the creative, such as Korean-inspired salads, the vegetarian and even a set meal specially prepared for children.
Nadaman, 4F, China World Summit Wing, 1 Jianguomen Waidajie, Chaoyang district, Beijing (010-8571 6459)
Chef ready to exercise talent in Beijing
Chef Chandra Arunasalam is still new to Beijing and looking to impress Beijingers with his international culinary background. Born in Malaysia, this chef has previously worked in many high-profile hotels and restaurants in England, the Maldives and spent most of his career in the US. The legendary chefs he worked with in the US include Charlie Trotter and Chef Thomas Keller at three-Michelin-starred The French Laundry. He joined Hilton Beijing Wangfujing as the executive chef late last year and is quite excited to impress lovers for the upcoming Valentine's Day.
Hilton Beijing Wangfujing, No 8 Wangfujing Dongjie, Dongcheng district, Beijing (010-58128 888)
Make V-day plans to dine out
Valentine's Day will fall on Tuesday rain or shine. Don't expect to walk into a random restaurant and immediately sit down to a candlelit wine dinner. Start making phone calls to secure a table now.
Recipe: An ideal dish for a romantic dinner at home
Prefer to have a comfortable home-cooked meal on Valentine's Day? Try French beef stroganoff with this recipe. To serve alongside this love offering, a refreshing citrus salad will provide the perfect contrast.
Three rose wines to perfect a romantic dinner
There is no other color as romantic as pink on Valentine's Day, and same goes for wine. Whether you choose to eat out or dine at home, it is hard to go wrong with pink and delightful rose wines.