Grand Halloween Tradition at the Wyndham

The Wyndham Grand, Futian, doesn’t do events by halves, and Halloween this year was no exception. The Grand Kitchen, the Wyndham’s buffet restaurant, was host to the Halloween Buffet Dinner. No word could be used to describe it other than ‘spectacular’.

As soon as the elevator doors opened on the third floor, you were greeted by Halloween decorations and spooky sounds. Cobwebs were draped over light fittings; staff were dressed in cloaks and witches hats, with the occasional addition of scars, vampire teeth or dripping blood; skeletons and skulls caught your eye in every direction.

The most remarkable aspect was the amount of effort that had obviously gone into the Halloween themed food. Even the bread was shaped like ghostly faces!

From 6pm to 9.30pm over 100 people came to spend Halloween eating sumptuous savouries and delectable desserts. Appetizers included a selection of Asian-style and Western-style salads, as well as ‘design-your-own’, sushi, sashimi and an array of imported seafood – the Grand Kitchen’s specialty.

Everything from New Zealand scallops to oysters from Iceland, Alaskan salmon to South American shrimp, was available for the guests’ delight.

At the opposite side of the restaurant, a wide variety of Asian and International dishes greeted guests.

Alongside the usual dishes such as beef brisket, braised noodles with seafood, fried sole fish with cream sauce, Chinese BBQ chicken and pork, and Guangdong-style soup, the food was accentuated by Halloween specials.

A ‘Terrorist Mummy’ of BBQ pork rib with sausage was the centrepiece, complete with ketchup blood, laid ready and waiting to feed hungry guests.

The pièce de résistance of the whole experience was – without a doubt – the desserts. This is where the Halloween theme really came alive – or undead! A human brain, a bleeding heart and a dismembered arm were proudly displayed, surrounded by tombstones, spiders and skulls.

Luckily they were filled with delightful flavours like chocolate cake with raspberry and cream filling, almond cake or Swiss roll. They looked so good people were almost afraid to eat them!

As well as these masterpieces there were over 30 different types of dessert, all designed and made by the bakery chef.

Eyeballs filled with chocolate truffle and nuts, honeycomb witch hat cupcakes, Halloween sugar cookies, sweet witch poisoned soup, 3D spider puffs, fruit tarts in mini white chocolate coffins and chocolate spiders were just a few of the petrifying puddings on offer.

The treats didn’t stop at food either. Free-flow soft drinks and beer were also included with the buffet, along with a complimentary glass of wine and exclusive Halloween mocktails.

Free face paint, stick on scars and wounds, hats and masks were provided for anyone who wanted to embrace their inner scariness.

To top off a spectacular evening, what Halloween celebration would be complete without a pumpkin carving competition!

Eight guests took their places in front of fresh pumpkins, ready and waiting for life to be carving into them. Two children joined in, although after a while it became clear that their parents were doing most of the work as the children decided to go elsewhere and play!

After intense concentration and hard work from the participants, the restaurant manager chose a winning pumpkin. All pumpkin carvers received a Wyndham Grand mug as a special gift and the winner also received an exclusive bottle of house wine. The decision was very difficult to make as a lot of thought and effort had gone into every Jack o’lantern.

This was the third consecutive year the Grand Kitchen has put on a special Halloween Buffet and Mask Party, ever since the Wyndham Grand opened in 2015. If you can’t wait until next October, the international seafood buffet is also available every day for lunch and dinner!

From Monday to Thursday the buffet is RMB268, and RMB318 between Friday and Sunday. All diners are also welcome to enjoy one complimentary glass of wine. Prices are subject to 10% service charge and 6% VAT.

Address: 3rd Floor, Wyndham Grand Hotel, 2009 Caitian Road, Futian, Shenzhen (深圳温德姆至尊酒店三层,中国广东省深圳市福田区彩田路2009 )

Tel: +86 755 8299 8888 (EXT 8560)

The Romantic Flavors of France

Fabrice Bruto

The Langham, Shenzhen’s New Western Executive Chef Fabrice Bruto Presents New Menus

Recently, The Langham, Shenzhen appointed Fabrice Bruto from France as the Western Executive Chef. Fabrice has over 20 years of experience in catering management and is an expert in presenting unique and exquisite lifestyle concepts through the fusion of local food culture with traditional French culinary techniques.

This early autumn, Fabrice has prepared a delicious surprise for you with new seasonal menus for Duke’s and Perch.

Raised in a country known for its refined gastronomy concepts, Fabrice was inspired from a young age and joined the industry when just 14. Immersed in the unique charm of French cuisine, he continues to innovate by introducing different food cultures from around the world. His ceaseless pursuit for exotic flavours meant he travelled to countries and regions across four continents, including Greece, Russia, Tunisia and the US. During this time, he served as the head chef of a Michelin-starred restaurant and held key appointments at 5-star international hotels.

Fabric officially joined The Langham, Shenzhen in 2017. Before that, he was a lecturer at the renowned Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and Shanghai where he provided training for many exceptional chefs.

In his amazing journey of flavours, Fabrice injects his diverse life experiences and extraordinary insights on all kinds of foods into every of his culinary creation. His endless inspiration and artistic presentation make every dish an extravagant experience involving not just taste but touching all five senses.

Perch Potato Burger

Over the years, Fabrice remains committed to bringing classic French cuisine to food enthusiasts in Shenzhen. With the use of premium ingredients and innovative culinary techniques, he has created many dishes that were reminiscence of the romantic ambience of France.

Pan-Fried Foie Gras

This early autumn, Fabrice is introducing all-new seasonal menus at Duke’s and Perch. With dishes such as Pan-Fried Foie Gras, lauded by Europeans as one of the three greatest treasures of the world, cooked in a caramel, rocket and sweet mango sauce; premium Robbins Island Wagyu Beef from cows bred in the clean and natural environment of Australia, featuring amazing marbling, tenderness and juiciness served with creamy potatoes, the menus are set to excite and delight.

Robbins Island Wagyu Beef

At the Perch, diners will have the pleasure of trying Fabrice’s new creations, which include a 500 g New Zealand T-bone Steak that is a must-try for all meat-lovers, and a special potato burger that uses mashed potato in place of traditional burger buns.

New Zealand T-Bone Steak

“The Langham, Shenzhen is known for its excellent products and services,” Fabrice said. “We will continue to source the best ingredients to create an unforgettable dining experience using exquisite elements from traditional French cuisine.”


About Langham Hospitality Group


As the wholly-owned subsidiary of Great Eagle Holdings, Langham Hospitality Group encompasses a family of distinctive hotels under the Langham Hotels and Resorts and Cordis Hotels brands with more than 50 projects currently either confirmed or in a developed stage of negotiation from Asia, Europe and North America to the Middle East. The Group takes its name from the legendary Langham in London which was widely recognized as Europe’s first Grand Hotel. For 150 years, this flagship hotel has represented sophisticated and gracious hospitality, a philosophy that reflects elegance in design, innovation in hospitality, genuine service and captivation of the senses across all properties. For more information, please access the website at www.langhamhospitalitygroup.com.

Place Address:  The Langham, 7888 Shennan Boulevard, Futian District, Shenzhen 深圳市福田区深南大道7888号
Place Phone:  0755 – 8828 9888

Find Your Favorite Italian Food at Tea Love You by Giglio

The saying goes that you don’t know what you got till it’s gone. We only appreciate something for what it was worth after it’s no longer there. But sometimes it comes back, just when you thought it was gone forever, allowing you to appreciate it for what it was all along. That’s what happened recently with Giglio La Pizza and their authentic and much-loved Italian cuisine.

Giglio La Pizza came to occupy a special place in the hearts of food lovers in the city. Over four years, the homely neighborhood pizzeria atmosphere combined with freshly baked pizzas and authentic pasta made it a hit with expats and locals alike. So much so that the restaurant was recognized as the Pizza of the Year at the 2017 That’s Shenzhen Food & Drink Awards.

Earlier this year, however, it appeared that Giglio La Pizza would relocate from Shenzhen, leaving all us pizza lovers broken heartened. Finally, the restaurant did change from Giglio La Pizza to Tea Love You and the décor was completely renovated. You would be forgiven for not recognizing it as where Giglio La Pizza once was, but inside you can still find the same award-winning pizzas and pasta. In fact, it’s better than ever before.

Tea Love You offers a wide selection of coffee, tea, and fruit drinks as well as a small bakery, but by taking a quick look at the menu, you will still find the dishes that made Giglio La Pizza so well-loved in the first place.

There are classic appetizers like Affettati Misti, homemade paninis such as Panino Bella Italia and Panino Col Tonno, a range of pasta including Penne Al Salmone and Orecchiette Fantasia, and old favorite Tagliata Di Manzo. But I must admit, my eye is drawn to the pizzas. They were what made me fall for Giglio La Pizza the first time around.

Getting a good pizza in China can be hard. I mean, a really good pizza. But when a pizza is done right. When the proper oven is used, when the restaurant goes to the lengths to source the ingredients, and most importantly, when it’s prepared by a chef who understands the culture and knows what he is doing, then a good pizza takes some beating.

With that in mind, we order two pizzas based on the chef’s recommendation. The Capricciosa, tomato sauce, mozzarella, salami, olives, ham, mushrooms, and the Prosciutto E Funghi, tomato, mozzarella, ham, mushrooms. The moment they come out of the kitchen, it is clear from the way they look alone that these are real pizzas. You know how you imagine a slice tastes like when you are really craving a pizza? That’s how it tastes at Tea Love You by Giglio.

After eating more slices of pizza than I care to admit, the two kinds of pasta we ordered arrived; the Penne Al Salmone and the Orecchiette Fantasia. I try the Orecchiette Fantasia, round pasta with sausage, and it tastes just like I imagine it would in the Old Country. But it’s the Penne Al Salmone that really impresses, and again it begins with the quality ingredients. It’s worth coming back to Tea Love You by Giglio again and again solely for that salmon pasta dish.

Tea Love You might be well-known for their tea and fruit drinks, but you can still grab a beer. The restaurant is well-stocked with La Chouffe and Vedett on draft and the likes of Paulaner and Fire Stone by the bottle. And just like any true Italian establishment, diners can enjoy a Spritz cocktail and Limoncello and Amaro as a digestif.

You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone, but sometimes you get a second chance. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy award-winning pizza and pasta at Tea Love You by Giglio.

Address:1/F, Hongxuan Dasha, 31-2, Shixia BeiyiJie, Futian, Shenzhen (福田区石厦北一街31-2号宏轩大厦一楼)

Tel: 0755-23609813

 

 

An Essential Guide To The Top French Restaurants In Shenzhen

There are few cuisines that are more celebrated or held in such regard as French cuisine. At the same time, connoisseurs have high expectations of what they expect from a French restaurant. To truly be considered a French restaurant, let alone, a top one, the establishment is held to a standard like few other restaurants. Shenzhen Party spoke with decorated French chef, Sebastien Bourgeois, about the very top French restaurants in Shenzhen.

  1. Visit the French Culinary Institution that is La Maison

I have been living in Shenzhen for more than 10 years and as a Disciples Escoffier, I am always looking for new places to try French cuisine. As an epicure, I have taken great interest in La Maison because it’s a fantastic place to spend time with friends and family.

La Maison is the oldest French restaurant in Shenzhen and has remained in the same location since its opening. It is unquestionably a wonderful location and its new design has made the restaurant more spacious, perfect for small events or group gatherings. At night, one can enjoy the terrace in comfort with the fans providing a cool and refreshing breeze.

Not only is the ambiance wonderful, but the food has made a great impression on me also. My friend and I had the chance to enjoy the pâté and a finger food tray. The pâté is fresh and delicious – exactly how the French like it – and the portion size is suitable for two to three people. The finger food boasts a creative Mediterranean style and offers a varied aroma and taste. The marriage of complimentary flavors offers a delightful insight into French cuisine.

My friend ordered the meal of the day for the main dish. That day it was quiche as the starter and poulet basquaise as the main dish. The quiche came as a generous portion and the thin crust, soft texture, and well-beaten eggs made it perfectly light. I highly recommend this flavorful and delightful dish. The poulet basquaise was very tender and boneless. The boiled potatoes in this dish were a little spicy, which may be of interest to Chinese who like a bit of spice. Furthermore, if you do not find the dish to be spicy enough, you can ask for more spice to be added.

My main dish was an original crepe, where instead of the ingredients being inside of the dough, I was pleased to find they were placed on top. This allows for the taste of the entire crepe to remain as natural as possible. Like pizza and sushi, the crepe is a traditionally inexpensive dish that has become famous all around the world. In this case, my crepe contained salmon, lettuce, arugula, and cabbage.

For dessert, we ordered the crème brûlée, which has always been my favorite dessert. I was very satisfied with this dish and my only regret was that I did not ask for a bigger portion!

The overall service at La Maison was very efficient and engaging. The waiters followed the Western standard of bringing everyone’s food at the same time and taking away the empty dishes at the same time. The young staff are friendly and the French chef, Jean Baptiste Louis, is always on hand to give recommendations according to the patron’s desired flavors.

We went during lunchtime and the wait for our meal was short. Prices are in the mid-range and very affordable when compared to some of the other restaurants in Seaworld. La Maison is a great family place. It also has a long bar, where you will find foreigners meeting like the French do in a brasserie.

La Maison has recently undergone renovations and to celebrate the new look they will be hosting an Opening Party on Friday October 19th. The theme of the party will be “Back to the 80s” and will start at 6 PM. There will be free flow on selected drinks and canapés. Additionally, there will be free flow on selected drinks and canapes and from 8 PM their chef Jean will be preparing some special delicacies for everyone to enjoy. The night will be full of surprises with games, live music, and a DJ to keep you dancing until late into the night.

Address: Shop 108, Nanhai Rose Garden, Bldg. 29-32, No. 91 Wanghai Road, Nanshan, Shenzhen (深圳市南山区望海路912932栋南海玫瑰花园108)

Tel: +86 755 2865 7030

 

  1. Take a Bite of France at l’étoile

In the nearly 1,000 square meter restaurant of l’étoile, tables are draped with cream linen table clothes and romantically lit by candles. Be it for lunch or dinner, dining here with a loved one is an experience you will not soon forget.

If you prefer some privacy, l’étoile offers you private themed rooms gently lit by chandeliers and decorated with hand-painted walls and ceilings of three of the most well-known landmarks in Paris; the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and the Palace of Versailles. The food served at l’étoile matches the exquisiteness, the beauty, and the quintessential Frenchness of these iconic places in France.

The kitchen team is led by Christian Tetedoie, who holds a resume with which few can compare. He is the President of the Master Chefs in France, recipient of a Michelin star in 2000, and knighted in the Legion of Honour in 2006. Unlike many other chefs, Tetedoie wears no hat. Instead, he’s decorated with a medal with ribbons in the tricolor of France. The award is for the “Meilleur Ouvrier de France”, which is awarded every four years to the best craftsmen in France.

Diners can watch Tetedoie and his team in the open kitchen doing what they love most. It is here they offer up their interpretation of some of the most iconic French dishes.

The onion soup at restaurant l’etoile is made in the traditional French way. The French usually enjoy this very sweet dish late at night. Due to the type of onions used in this dish, the soup has a sugary taste. Additionally, the cheese is well-grilled.

The snail is an exceptionally sweet dish and the emulsion, made of garlic and snail butter, is extremely flavorful. This dish arrives with impeccable presentation while the mini-salad adds a great deal of freshness.

The fresh goat cheese is HOMEMADE. The characteristically strong taste of goat cheese makes this dish the perfect starter to get the taste buds excited for the meal ahead.

The sea bass fillet is grilled just to perfection and succulently tender. It is complemented on the plate with fresh baby carrots and veggies.

The chicken with vinegar and tomato arrives alongside macaroni gratin. The dish is a rare dining experience indeed. The chicken is well-roasted with a subtle spice originating from the vinegar.

The pistachio and citrus fruit dessert is best enjoyed in small bites with each seemingly more delightful than the last. Our favorite dessert dish, however, is the rhubarb cake, which has really quite incredible presentation.

Christian Tetedoie’s desire to open a kitchen and share his love of gastronomy is what led to the creation of l’étoile. Do not miss the opportunity to savor this rare fine-dining experience from a true master chef. Pay a visit to l’étoile and sample French cuisine as it was always intended.

Address: 302-303, Building A, OCT Ecological Square, Nanshan District, Shenzhen (深圳市南⼭山区沙河街道华侨城⽣生态⼴广场 A 302303)

Metro: Line 1, OCT or Window of the World station

Tel: 0755 8166 8111

 

Michelin-Star Cuisine Meets Spanish Flamenco at InterContinental Shenzhen

Food lovers of Shenzhen, take note. For two nights only from the 2nd to 3rd of November, the InterContinental Shenzhen plays host to Michelin-Star Chef, David Guzman. In what proves to be a unique dining experience, Guzman’s fusion of Spanish and Chinese cuisine will be complemented by a mesmerizing Flamenco performance. Shenzhen Party spoke with InterContinental Shenzhen to discover more about one of the city’s culinary events of the year.

Savor the culinary showcase from a Michelin star chef

It’s a cause for celebration when a Michelin-star chef graces us foodies with their presence in Shenzhen, and David Guzman Chinese-influenced interpretation of Spanish cuisine is certainly worth getting excited about.

At the age of just 26, Guzman became Executive Chef of the Michelin-starred Koldo Royo. Located on the beautiful island of Mallorca, Koldo Royo has gathered a reputation as one of the best spots to dine in all of Spain and food lovers from all over Europe travel to experience what the restaurant has to offer. It was at Koldo Royo that Guzman mastered his craft.

Over the years, Guzman has cultivated a clear and distinctive style that is truly his own. He soaks in everything around him and expresses it in his dishes. As the chef says himself, “You can learn a lot of skills at school, but the real creation is from life. What you see, what you eat, what you hear: everything can be a source of inspiration.”

It is this philosophy that has led Guzman to prepare a culinary showcase that is not to be missed. For Guzman, he wanted to combine the traditional elements of Spain and of China, and from them create something entirely new, fresh, and exciting.

He explored the Chinese traditions of Yin and Yang, and studied Wu Xing, the five elements of wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. Those five elements of Chinese culture have been expressed in his unique presentation of Spanish dishes. From water in the Scallop Ceviche on Sea Rocks, to fire with the Fire-Roasted Salmon, and metal in the gold and silver display of the Angus Beef.

The five-course meal of Spanish dishes takes diners on a journey through the Chinese culture of Wu Xing. It’s the perfect accompaniment to the live performance. Speaking of which…

Enjoy a gourmet feast paired with a stunning flamenco performance

Just as David Guzman has prepared a tour through the five elements through a five-star dining experience, two flamenco dancers have created five original dance choreographies based on Wu Xing. As the evening develops, the food and the dancing become as one as they tell the story of the five elements.

Relax in the elegant dining surroundings of Pipette

What better setting to host this coming together of food and dance than InterContinental Shenzhen’s Pipette French Restaurant. The fine dining restaurant is no stranger to Michelin-starred chefs and is the perfect location for David Guzman to showcase his latest creations.

Pipette means “wine straw” in French, and the establishment certainly lives up to its name. As well as a five-star service team, it also boasts an award-winning sommelier, who will be selecting the finest wines to pair with the courses from the 5,000 or so bottles in the restaurant’s collection.

Don’t miss this opportunity to experience a Michelin star experience like no other

Between the unique five-course meal from the Michelin-starred David Guzman, the quite simply stunning flamenco performance, and the class surroundings of Pipette, there really will be only one place for any lover of food to be on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd November.

With such a limited run and a high demand for tickets, it is recommended that any foodie that’s wants to be part of this special event to contact Pipette for a reservation at 0755-3399-3388.

Date: Friday, November 2nd & Saturday, November 3rd

Address: 9009 Shennan Road, Overseas Chinese Town, Futian, Shenzhen (广东省深圳市深南大道 (汉唐大厦附近)

Tel: 0755-3399-3388

 

Start Your Night In Style At The Penthouse

A friend once told me that all you need for the perfect evening is a good view and good company to share it with. Sat in The Penthouse on the 38th floor of the Grand Hyatt Shenzhen surrounded by friends, I look out over the city and can’t help but wonder if this is what he meant.

If my friend was right and all you need is a good view and good company, then I’m sure he would love The Penthouse, but that’s not all this bar has to offer.

As I exit the elevator and enter The Penthouse, it becomes clear quite quickly that this is no ordinary bar in a hotel.

The first thing you notice is the view, and what a view it is. From the 38th floor of the Grand Hyatt Shenzhen, visitors at The Penthouse have a stunning night view of the city. Looking out from one side, you can see all across Luohu, and from the other side you can see out over the border into Hong Kong.

The layout and design of the bar opens up naturally, encouraging visitors to enjoy whatever kind of evening they had in mind. The rectangular bar in the middle of the room offers plenty of seating for those who like to mix with the staff and other guests. Walk down from the bar area and you will find it opens into a wider space with larger tables for those coming in with a group. Explore the bar more and you will find cozy corners that are perfect for those on a date.

As I settle into the evening, I get the sense that The Penthouse is focused on doing what it does well. The attention of detail and demand for quality is evident in everything the bar does.

The cocktail menu reads as a who’s who of the best classic and modern concoctions. After I try the Negroni, I would be hard pressed to think of a place off the top of my head that does it better.

Moving on to the spirits selection is like flicking through the greatest hits of Scotch and Japanese whiskey. With around 70 bottles of whiskey it’s plenty and those that they have are the ones worth having. Any bar that has Hibiki 21 Years or Laphroaig 25 Years has a damn good whiskey collection in my book.

When it comes to the music, the playlist has been carefully chosen and the volume has been set just right. It’s like the perfect guest. It keeps the night moving along, but is never too loud or outstays its welcome.

Recently, The Penthouse has been inviting more and more international DJs to perform. The well-balanced mix of pop classics and chill out dance that I hear on the evening I am there creates an atmosphere while guests are still able to relax and talk to one another.

Although The Penthouse is a bar first and foremost, it would be a great disservice not to dedicate some time to describe the dishes that can be ordered from the kitchen. The bar has a teppanyaki station and kitchen that stays open late into the night for whenever you feel peckish.

After trying a Whiskey Sour or two you may feel like ordering the Iberico Belotta Ham. If you are celebrating and have a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin opened, then you might want to add some Irish Oysters draped in Champagne Mignonette and Lemon.

What really impresses about the kitchen at The Penthouse is the creativity in the dishes. The chefs have taken classic items you might expect to find in a bar and reimagined them as something that is fresh and new.

The Tuna Sashimi Tacos combines the best of Japanese and Mexican cuisine, adding the freshest tuna and wasabi mayonnaise to the classic taco shell. The Australian Wagyu Beef and Seared Foie Gras Mini Burgers are quite simply the best sliders I’ve ever had. It is hard going back to regular burgers after you take that first bite and the beef and foie gras melts in your mouth.

They say you should always start as you mean to go on. That could be said to be equally true of a night on the town. In that case, make a statement of intent and start your evening at The Penthouse.

Whether you are showing clients around town and you stop in to share a bottle of single malt or you might just want a place to relax over a glass of red and take in the view. You may be out with friends to celebrate a birthday and you want to start the night somewhere memorable over a couple of bottles of prosecco.

Whatever the occasion, start your night in style at The Penthouse and, if the mood takes you, you may find you end it there too.

Address: 38th Floor, Grand Hyatt Shenzhen, 1881 Bao’an Nan Road, Luohu, Shenzhen (中国深圳市罗湖区宝安南路1881, 深圳君悦酒店38)

Opening Hours: Sunday – Thursday 18:00 – 01:00, Friday – Saturday 18:00 – 02:00

Tel: +86 755 2218 7338

 

Mexican Food Like You’ve Never Experienced Before At Bésame Mucho

Mexican cuisine is one of the most loved foods in the world, and it’s not hard to see why there are so many restaurants now. As popular as these places are, outside of Mexico, they rarely truly represent what Mexican cuisine is. There are so many more ingredients, shapes, flavors, and colors. By looking deeper, you can find the real Mexico. At Bésame Mucho , you can try Mexican food like you’ve never experienced before.

From the moment I heard about Bésame Mucho, I knew I was in for something special.

The first thing that caught my attention was the location. Situated in the up-and-coming area of Nanshan, the restaurant is surrounded by the offices of the biggest tech companies in China. Bésame Mucho occupies a relaxing spot in the new Kaide Park shopping mall, just off the high street.

The restaurant boasts a cool outdoor seating area, which on the evenings is occupied with expats and locals alike enjoying dinner or just chilling with a couple of drinks. Inside, it’s clear that they are going for a modern, clean style. From the open kitchen and slick bar top to the windows the length of the wall and the second-floor stage that looks down on the restaurant. Think less family taqueria, and more hip bar.

The second thing that made me stand up and pay attention to the restaurant was the people involved. Bésame Mucho is the idea of Christian Saldaña. When it comes to introducing Mexican cuisine and culture, Christian has shown over the years that he is a true ambassador for his country. What’s more, the guy knows how to organize a party.

The third thing was the food. When I started seeing photos all over my social media of what was coming out of the kitchen there, I knew I had to get myself down to Bésame Mucho. These were dishes I had never seen before. There were so many vibrant colors and the sort of presentation that demands your attention. This was Mexican food, but not as we knew it.

So there we were, to find out for ourselves. After several looks of the menu, we still couldn’t settle on what to order. So, we deferred to Christian to decide for us. We were not disappointed.

The first dish to arrive was the Aguachile. This is a real seafood treat originating from the north of Mexico. They take fresh shrimp, marinate it in citrus juices and pulverized chili, and then submerge it along with onions and cucumber. Think of it like the spicier, older sister of Ceviche that you wish were dating instead.

Next up is the Tuna Tostada, but with a brand new makeover. The chef has taken this old classic and has given it a modern twist by completely inverting the presentation. Where the tostada should be on the bottom, here it is on the top, and the toppings are on the bottom. And what toppings they are. You have the freshest tuna and avocado marinated with a tangy Ponzu sauce along with carrots, cucumber, and spring onions. By the time I’ve finished, it makes me wish I’d been eating all my tostadas upside down all along.

As we finished off our Tuna Tostada, the next dish arrived. It’s the first time I’ve ever laid eyes on a Tlayuda, but I like what I see.  Originating from Oaxaca, It’s a large crispy corn tortilla topped with chorizo, grilled tomatoes, refried beans, onions, and homemade mole sauce. The tortilla can be easily broken up to share amongst a group and is a perfect party starter.

Of course, no trip to a Mexican restaurant can be complete without trying the tacos. The menu has six signature tacos and while reading the descriptions makes me want to order all of them, we end up limiting ourselves to the Carne Asada and Mayan Pork. The Mayan Pork drips with habanero chili, red onions, and lemon, which is so good it makes me want to order another just to wipe up the first with. Still, I think the Carne Asada has to be my favorite. The slices of grilled beef steak are really something else.

Finally, is our dessert, the Avocado Popsicle, which is a mouthwatering mix of avocado, dulce de leche, some lemon zest and dried berries, and the smallest amount of chocolate. In appearance, it looks like an ice pop, but it’s actually soft and can be scooped with a spoon much like a mousse. I think the Avocado Popsicle from Bésame Mucho is my favorite dessert in all of Shenzhen. For the freshness, for the creativity, for the originality, and quite simply, for the taste.

While as amazing as the food is – and it is amazing – Bésame Mucho is more than a restaurant. It’s a place for people to come and just hang out and meet new people.

If you are feeling lucky, then on Wednesdays you should head down to La Loteria nights. Think of it like bingo, but instead of using numbers, they use some cool retro illustrated cards with even cooler names. The games are free for customers to join and you can win anything from a drink to 10% off your bill and more.

On Thursdays, Bésame Mucho makes the most of its stage space with their Acoustic Session by Mark’s Music & Art Jam. Every week, some of the city’s most talented and creative musicians come down to jam and experiment. You may even catch Christian up there singing a tune or two.

Bésame Mucho is the place to be on Fridays. From 7 to 9:30 pm, there is an international meet & greet, where people hailing from all over the world can get to know each other. The evening continues with live music from 9:30 pm and then a Latin party from 10:30 pm till late, late into the night.

Bésame Mucho is not solely about partying though. Every Sunday from 4 pm, there is a free Spanish class available to customers. You can come, learn a few words, and then feel free to practice with Christian and the rest of the staff.

So come and stop by at Bésame Mucho. Experience Mexican food like you’ve never experienced it before, and stay to enjoy the fantastic company and, who knows, you may even make a friend or two you didn’t have before the evening had started.

Address:  Chuang ye Lu 3023 Ipark, Nanshan District 深圳市南山区南海大道,创业路3023号交汇處 凯德公园一号L1-06号铺

Opening Hours: 17:00 – 02:00

Tel: 13828721312

Flash Sale丨Unlimited Seafood & Meat Buffet


Summertime is for Chilling & Grilling!


Fire up your summer nights with an unlimited freshly-grilled seafood and meat buffet – a perfect retreat for all the family,friends especially Seafood & Meat lovers.

Alenha is a churrascaria themed restaurant and it’s situated within the ground floor of the Shenzhen InterContinental hotel.
The restaurant has very exotic atomosphere, a very true discovery of Brazilian delights enhanced with extraordinary decoration, as you arrive you will have to walk past two buffet-style stands, these contain a number of salad, soup & dessert options . the soup options are Bazil Mixed Beef & Oxtail Bone Soup & Brazil Vegetable Soup.
We were not here for soups, not dessert, I mean we REALLY aren’t here for salads.

Summer BBQ Time 2018


Everything Stops for BBQ.

More than 50 kinds of food and 4 kinds of optional sauce for you.


Flash Sale

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Classic Brazilian Grill Buffet  CNY218 CNY382

Seafood &Meat Combination Buffet CNY288 CNY465


Griled Fresh Oyster



Brazil Style Roast Prawns



Banana Leaf Grilled Sole Fish Fillet



Roast Scallop Mussel With Special Brazil Sauce



Cuttlefish


What better way to enjoy the night than with UNLIMITED grilled seafood and NEVER-ENDING plate of juicy and tender BBQ meat?


Highly Recommended


Slow Roasted Beef Bibs With Crystal Salt

 (240 minutes)


Hot Sale 


Lamb Sirloin

New Zealand 8 Rib Lamb Chops


Beef Tenderloin



Lamb Leg



Black Pepper Sausage



Picanha


Feel a bit guilty after eating too much meat?

Roasted vegeatables with special Brazil sauce taste really amazing!

Alenha Chef will bring the freshest Brazilian cuts of grilled meat straight here to your table as much as you want. We feature all your favorites and guarantee you will leave full and very satisfy.

Night Falls In Alenha

Forget Pressure During The Day

Listening To Passionate Latin Music

Let’s Make Food Jump Samba on the

 Tip Of Tongue.

Let’s Party!

Seafood & Meat Buffet


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Alenha restaurant invites you to join our summer BBQ buffet.A bustling culinary food hall, BBQ seafood buffet & meat original selections for every appetite. Selling price(Per Person)

Classic Brazilian Grill Buffet: RMB 218 net

Seafood&Meat Combination Buffet: RMB288 net

BOOK YOUR NEXT  PARTY OR EVENT WITH US!

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Take A Tour Of Italy With Oggi Enoteca

When done well, nothing quite compares to Italian food. It could be Black Squid Ink Risotto at a Michelin-starred restaurant in a luxury five-star hotel in Milan. It may be a plate of Linguine Pasta with Seafood at a tiny family-run restaurant in a small town in Abruzzo tucked away off the street. It might even be at a friend’s apartment in Rome who has prepared a home-cooked classic Mushroom Lasagna with Mozzarella and Parmesan Cheese.

Like a glass of Barolo or a bottle of Ferrari Brut, once you have tried Italian food as it was truly meant to be, it’s hard to go back to the way you knew it before. What a delight it is then, to have found Oggi Enoteca.

SEARED TUNA IN PISTACHIO CRUST WITH SWEET PEPPERS CREAM AND SICILIAN CAPONATA
SEARED TUNA IN PISTACHIO CRUST WITH SWEET PEPPERS CREAM AND SICILIAN CAPONATA

I must admit, I was excited to hear that the Oggi group was opening a new restaurant in Shenzhen. Oggi opened its first branch in Guangzhou in 2005. Over a decade later, the Italian brand has opened another four restaurants in Guangzhou and one other in Shekou. Each branch represents a different aspect of Italian culture and cuisine, but they have all become synonymous with quality in the dining scene of Southern China.

Their restaurants are the places to be seen and the guest list on any given night can be like a who’s who of some of the most famous people in the city. The likes of World Cup winning football coaches Marcelo Lippi and Luiz Felipe Scolari, Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey, and world-renowned pianist Maksim Mrvica are all counted amongst Oggi’s guests.

THE ENTRANCE OF OGGI ENOTECA, LOCATED IN THE HIP NEW UPPERHILLS AREA IN FUTIAN.
THE ENTRANCE OF OGGI ENOTECA, LOCATED IN THE HIP NEW UPPERHILLS AREA IN FUTIAN.

In UpperHills, Oggi has found the perfect place to open their latest restaurant. Boasting some of the most exclusive fashion brands and the world’s first ever Muji hotel, the newly opened complex is fast becoming one of the hippest areas in town.

The layout and furniture are exactly what we’ve come to expect from the Oggi name. From the simple and clean modern seating to the touch of quality you can feel when you take your seat or run your hand across the table top. The lighting is set perfectly to a warm glow. The music is at a volume where it can be enjoyed without it impeding on the conversation. Oh, it’s Andrea Bocelli, in case you were curious.

THE SECOND-FLOOR BALCONY BOASTS A STUNNING WINE SELECTION
THE SECOND-FLOOR BALCONY BOASTS A STUNNING WINE SELECTION

What is most striking about the restaurant is the wine collection located on the second-floor balcony. Accessed by a spiral staircase, those who ascend the steps are rewarded with one of the finest selections of wines this side of Tuscany. For Oggi Enoteca, which Enoteca translates as Wine Shop, wine is at the heart of their concept for the restaurant.

In fact, speak to the staff and they will be on hand to recommend a bottle of wine that pairs perfectly with any of the dishes. Speaking of which…

DILL AND SALMON STUFFED HOMEMADE RAVIOLI, SAUTEED PRAWNS AND BISQUE REDUCTION
DILL AND SALMON STUFFED HOMEMADE RAVIOLI, SAUTEED PRAWNS AND BISQUE REDUCTION

The food menu is like a tour of Italy. Reading through the dishes you get a real sense of the history and the culture of the country. Unsure of which part of the Beautiful Country to visit, we ask the manager, Alessandro  Petrini to be our guide and to select some dishes for us.

There are several famous quotes included in Oggi’s menu. From Irish poets to Italian proverbs, they are full of wit and no small amount of wisdom. One in particular reads, “You don’t age while seated for a meal”.

RADICCHIO RISOTTO WITH GORGONZOLA CHEESE FONDUE
RADICCHIO RISOTTO WITH GORGONZOLA CHEESE FONDUE

As the chef prepares our dishes, we have fascinating chat with Alessandro. We talk about Italian politics, football, and everything in between. And true to the quote in the menu, by the time our meal arrives, I do not feel I aged one bit. It’s a welcome reminder that a good conversation can be as nourishing as a Calzone Folded Pizza or a Seafood Stew from Tuscany.

Another quote from the menu reads, ‘One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one hasn’t eaten well’. After the meal we were about to enjoy, we would have no problem doing any of the aforementioned.

The starting courses set the bar high. Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Avocado and Quinoa Salad arrive alongside Seared Tuna peppered in Pistachio Crust with Sweet Peppers Cream and Sicilian Caponata. The salad is rich with hearty and fresh ingredients, but it is the tuna dish that really captures the imagination with its mix of European and Middle Eastern flavors.

ROASTED SWEET POTATOES, AVOCADO AND QUINOA SALAD

The starters leave us wanting more, and thankfully, more dishes promptly arrive. A risotto, a dish that is hard to find in China the way it is intended, and a ravioli, a dish I struggle to find in China at all. The Radicchio Risotto is a piece of art in balancing the bitter Italian chicory and the bite of the gorgonzola. While the black colored ravioli catches the eye, it is the inspired filling of poached salmon and mascarpone cheese that stays with you long after your last bite.

 There is still more to come, however, as the Pan-Fried Sea Bass Fillet and the Roasted Rack Of Lamb appears. The Sea Bass comes with roasted potatoes and a sauce of made from capers, olives, and oregano. The pan-fried fish is locally caught, but tasting it you would be forgiven to feel you were in a restaurant on the Amalfi Coast. The Rack Of Lamb is served with a puffy potato sufflè and a Montepulciano red wine reduction. Farmed in New Zealand, it is truly a superior cut of meat.

ROASTED RACK OF LAMB, POTATO FLAN WITH GLAZED BABY CARROTS AND MONTEPULCIANO WINE SAUCE
ROASTED RACK OF LAMB, POTATO FLAN WITH GLAZED BABY CARROTS AND MONTEPULCIANO WINE SAUCE

All good things must come to an end. Unfortunately, that includes a meal at Oggi Enoteca. Yet it’s no time to despair because before we leave there is still the desserts to sample. The selection proves to be inspired as the rest of the courses. The Fresh Strawberry Tiramisu is recommended for two, but you would be forgiven if you wanted to order one of these all for yourself. The Hot Chocolate Cake is served with Vanilla Ice Cream, providing the kind of contrast that all fine desserts have.

After I take my last spoonful of tiramisu, I am left with an unfamiliar feeling. My heart and stomach could not be more content, but as I cast a glance at the menu on the table, I see so many more dishes I still wish to try. And as I leave, I’m already planning my next visit.

PAN-FRIED SEA BASS FILLET WITH ROASTED POTATOES, CAPERS AND CHERRY-TOMATO SAUCE
PAN-FRIED SEA BASS FILLET WITH ROASTED POTATOES, CAPERS AND CHERRY-TOMATO SAUCE

Oggi Enoteca truly is a tour of Italy and its rich and beautiful cuisine. One evening you come and through the Radicchio Risotto take a trip through Northern Italy. Come for lunch and explore Sicily by sampling the Seared Tuna with Pistachio Crust or the Melanzane alla Parmigiana.

So, what are you waiting for? Begin your tour of Italy today with Oggi Enoteca.

Address: S205, 2nd Floor, UpperHills, No.5001 Huanggang Road, Futian District, Shenzhen (深圳市福田区黄岗路5001号深业上城二层S205)

Tel: +86 (755) 88662289

Website: www.oggirestaurant.co/index.html

At Oggi Enoteca, they believe each dish has a wine that it is meant to be paired with. Chef Giuseppe Di Silvestro shared with us his recommendations…

  • INSALATA DI PATATE DOLCI, AVOCADO E QUINOA

ROASTED SWEET POTATOES, AVOCADO AND QUINOA SALAD

A new concept of salad following the latest healthy trends using wholesome ingredients like quinoa and avocado.

PAIRED WITH:

CENTINE BIANCO “Banfi” IGT – TOSCANA (ITALY)

Grape variety: Sauvignon Blanc/Chardonnay/Pinot Grigio

  • TONNO SCOTTATO IN SALSA DI PISTACCHI, CREMA DI PEPERONI DOLCI E CAPONATA SICILIANA

SEARED TUNA IN PISTACHIO CRUST WITH SWEET PEPPERS CREAM AND SICILIAN CAPONATA

That definitely a plate inspired by Sicilian tradition with middle-east influences. The sweet and sour of eggplants reminds to the Arabic domination of Sicily.

PAIRED WITH:

CUVEE ROSÉ “Santa Margherita” IGT – (ITALY)

Grape variety: Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon

  • RISOTTO AL RADICCHIO CON FONDUTA DI GORGONZOLA

RADICCHIO RISOTTO WITH GORGONZOLA CHEESE FONDUE

Typical risotto from north of Italy (Veneto), which balances brilliantly the bitterness of radicchio and the spiciness of Gorgonzola cheese.

PAIRED WITH:

CHIANTI “Barone Ricasoli” DOCG – TOSCANA (ITALY)

Grape variety: Sangiovese

  • RAVIOLI SALMONE E ANETO, GAMBERI SALTATI E BISQUE RIDOTTA

DILL AND SALMON STUFFED HOMEMADE RAVIOLI, SAUTEED PRAWNS AND BISQUE REDUCTION

Strikingly looking black handmade ravioli with squid ink, poached salmon, and mascarpone cheese filling with a reduction of prawns bisque and cherry tomatoes.

PAIRED WITH:

SAUVIGNON BLANC PRAIL “Colterenzio” DOC – SUBTIROL (ITALY)

Grape variety: Sauvignon Blanc

  • BRANZINO ALLA GRIGLIA CON PATATE ARROSTO

PAN-FRIED SEA BASS FILLET WITH ROASTED POTATOES, CAPERS AND CHERRY-TOMATO SAUCE

Pan-fried local caught sea-bass with crispy potatoes and Mediterranean tomato sauce with capers, olives, and oregano.

PAIRED WITH

PINOT GRIGIO “Santa Margherita” DOC – VENETO (ITALY)

Grape variety: Pinot Grigio

  • COSTOLETTE DI AGNELLO, FLAN DI PATATE CON CAROTE NOVELLE GLASSATE E SALSA AL MONTEPULCIANO

ROASTED RACK OF LAMB, POTATO FLAN WITH GLAZED BABY CARROTS AND MONTEPULCIANO WINE SAUCE

New-Zealand farmed rack of lamb with a puffy potato sufflè and Montepulciano red wine reduction.

PAIRED WITH:

PROMIS CA’MARCANDA “Gaja” IGT – TOSCANA (ITALY)

Grape variety: Merlot/Shiraz

All You Can Eat Steak Eating Competition At Wyndham Grand

There I am. Staring at one of the biggest Tomahawk steaks I’ve ever seen. I hold my knife and fork in my hands as all those around me go as fast as they can to finish so they are served another steak. Upon the wall, the timer continues to countdown. I was going to have to go faster if I wanted to win the Steak Tomahawk Competition.

This wasn’t what I had expected when I was invited for dinner at the Grand Kitchen at the international 5-star Wyndham Grand. Then again, it’s not every day that they hold a Tomahawk Steak Eating Competition.

The Tomahawk Steak Competition was launched by Wyndham Grand last year. The concept was simple. Every evening, diners would be invited to join a steak eating competition. They would have thirty minutes to eat as much steak as possible. Those who ate the most would be able to enjoy their meal that evening free of charge.

After the promotion proved to be very popular with diners, it was brought back once more. Returning for its second year, the promotion is overseen by Executive Chef Teddy Li, who boasts more than 10 years experience in Western cuisine for hotels such as Marriott and Intercontinental. The competition is back and bigger and better than before. With even higher quality cuts of beef and more contestants competing, you won’t find many restaurants in Shenzhen doing anything like this.

The Grand Kitchen is what you come to expect from a restaurant from an international brand five-star hotel. It’s a stylish setting with an ambient atmosphere. On one end of the restaurant is where the stage has been set for the Tomahawk Steak Competition, and it’s where I am lead to join the others after agreeing to take part in the event.

It seems improper, a crime almost, to eat beef of this quality without stopping to appreciate it, but my competitive streak soon kicks in as I see the man sat next to me near the end of his first plate and that the petite girl across the table is even beating me.

Despite a spirited late effort, I’m unable to make up the gap between myself and the leaders. Even as the champions celebrate winning and being able to enjoy the rest of their meal for free, I still feel like something of a winner myself. By holding back in the steak eating competition, I can fully appreciate the buffet dinner I am about to enjoy.

Walking around the buffet, the eye is immediately drawn to the selection of seafood on display. A large area of the restaurant is dedicated to the cuisine, which includes New Zealand Oysters, Snow Crab Legs, Sea Yellow Snails, Monkey Shrimps, Tiger Crabs, amongst the other shellfish classics. There is also a sushi station, where the chef is on hand to prepare fresh cuts of salmon, tuna, and sea bream. Be sure to take a glance over the creatively crafted sushi items too.

That being said, there is still plenty else on offer for those who wish to enjoy something other than seafood.

Grand Kitchen offers diners a Teppanyaki grill, where a dedicated chef is available to prepare whatever you wish. Choose from a range that includes Roasted Oysters with Garlic, Bai Cang Fish, and Mutton String. The standout dish, however, is the New Zealand Lamb Chops. A must try for any lamb lovers.

There are also a number of complimentary dishes available including perfectly roasted potatoes with onion, buttery broccoli and cauliflower, and a choice of red wine and black pepper sauce to top it all off. Every night there is different specialty available at the pasta station and that evening, diners are treated to a faithful recreation of the classic Spaghetti Bolognese.

Grand Kitchen also pays respect to local dishes too and every evening you can find several of your favorite Chinese dishes. On any given night you can find Chongqing-style Fish Stew with Chili, Sichuan-style Beef Stew, Braised Pork Knuckle with Soy Sauce, and even Fried Squid with XO Sauce.

It’s a testament to the desserts that despite a steak eating competition and a full buffet, I still can’t wait to try the cakes and sweets when the time arrives.

The eye-catching desserts have been crafted into creative shapes and are full of vibrant colors. In particular, the mousses stood out with the blueberry mouse presented like a white popsicle on a stick or the heart-shaped raspberry mouse. In a city full of hotel buffets and dessert tables, this is one that stands out more than others. The taste does not disappoint either.

Oh, and if by some minor miracle you still have space for more, then grab a bowl or cone and head over to the Movenpick ice cream stand.

So, if you think you have what it takes to win the Tomahawk Steak Competition then head on down to the Grand Kitchen at the Wyndham Grand. If you win, then you can enjoy the rest of your meal free of charge. If you don’t, allow yourself the consolation of being able to enjoy one of the top hotel restaurant dining experiences around. It sounds like a win-win situation to me.

The Tomahawk Steak Competition takes place during the buffet dinner. The winning competitors can enjoy their meal free of charge. Dinner is served between 18:00 and 21:30. The promotion runs from the July 15th to the August 15th.

From Monday to Thursday, the buffet is RMB268, and RMB318 between Friday and Sunday. All diners are also welcome to enjoy one complimentary glass of wine. Prices are subject to 10% service charge and 6% VAT.

 Address: 3rd Floor, Wyndham Grand Hotel, 2009 Caitian Road, Futian, Shenzhen (深圳温德姆至尊酒店三层,中国广东省深圳市福田区彩田路2009 )

Tel: +86 755 8299 8888 (EXT 8560)

 

Enjoy Brunch, Beach, And Pool At Sheraton Dameisha Resort

It’s not really in a writer’s self-interest to say that a review is easy or that some reviews write themselves, but you do occasionally have the opportunity to write about a place you are sure readers will love. The Sunday Brunch at Capri at Sheraton Dameisha Resort is one such place.

Living in Shenzhen can be stressful and tiring. We live busy lives in a city that doesn’t seem to sleep. Even the best of us can feel like we need a holiday or a break from it all sometimes. With Capri’s Sunday Brunch, you can feel like you’re taking a holiday without having to leave Shenzhen.

For RMB464, diners can enjoy an all you can eat brunch buffet in the hotel’s Capri restaurant. The brunch runs from 11:30 to 15:00. After which, diners are free to enjoy the hotel’s swimming pools and also the beach for the rest of the day. The brunch at the Sheraton Dameisha Resort is so much more than a meal. It’s an amazing day out. There’s a reason why it’s one of the top-ranked restaurants on TripAdvisor in the city.

As you arrive at the Sheraton Dameisha Resort, you would be forgiven for thinking you’ve entered into a luxury resort in Thailand or Vietnam. Driving into the hotel, you can catch a glimpse of the sun shimmering off the clear blue sea. The waves lap onto the quiet and clean sand. It’s a good day to go to the beach.

Upon entering the restaurant, there is a children’s play area. The kids will be occupied for hours drawing pictures and watching movies. All the while, they are being taken care of by the childminders provided by the hotel. In the middle of the restaurant is the stage where the band plays a hit-filled set and the Colombian musicians provide a soundtrack to the brunch.

The first thing you notice, however, is the restaurant’s stunning, panoramic view of Dameisha beach. With the option too of dining outside on the balcony, diners can really soak in the atmosphere.

All along the other side of the restaurant is the brunch buffet. And what a spread it is.

The buffet begins with the drinks bar as you enter the restaurant. There you will find it generously stocked with ice cold bottled beer, bottles of the house red and white, and the ability to make your own cocktails from the choice of spirits. There are also soft drinks and fresh fruit juices available.

From there we head to the would-be starters. Some highlights include the Greek Salad with Feta Cheese, Roasted Lamb Loin with Cherry Tomatoes, and Marinated Tuna Fillet with Mustard Honey Sauce. The cold cuts and cheese board is worth a visit also. Choose from the likes of Toscano Ham, Smoked Pork Loin, and Capocollo. Pair that with a cheese board offering Camembert, Gouda, Emmental, and Gruyere.

With the sea so near, it’s perhaps no surprise that seafood features heavily on the brunch menu at Capri. And the restaurant does not disappoint.

The sushi station is one of the busiest areas of the buffet and with good reason too. The chef is on hand to make cuts from the selection of the freshest Tuna, Salmon, Sea Bream, and White Tuna. Positioned right beside the sushi and sashimi, diners can find the shellfish chilled on ice. The selection there reads like a wish list of any seafood lover. Choose from Prawns, Conch, Alaskan King Crab, French Oyster, and Scallop, to name just a few. All are presented in the eye-catching centerpiece replica fishing boat.

Capri also showcases local seafood delicacies. One chef stands by a dedicated station where he conjures up local favorite Sea Urchin Fried Rice on the spot, while on the other side, another chef is preparing Abalone dishes.

There are plenty of options too for those who would prefer something other than seafood. Western diners can make up a Sunday Roast to rival that they are used to back home. Choose from Grilled Beef Steak and racks of Lamb with Olive Lamb Jus to pair with Parsley Baby Potatoes, Butter Vegetables, and Grilled Mushrooms.

Meanwhile, there is more Chinese fare to be savored. Try the juicy Shanxi Hamburger, delicious Peking Duck, or make your own bowl at the Noodle Station. Capri even has its Dim Sum so make sure to try the Har Gow or Char Siu Bao.

The staff also provide table service too as they bring round Baked Lobster with Garlic Sauce and chilled bottles of prosecco for guests.

Be sure to save room for dessert too. After all, being at the beach is the perfect excuse to have some ice cream. You might need to get a bigger bowl once you see the flavors on offer from New Zealand Natural. For those with an insatiable sweet tooth, there are still plenty of other desserts to explore from Black Forest Cake and Strawberry Cheese Cake to Walnut Brownies and Napoleon Slice.

It’s truly a brunch to be savored at a leisurely pace. Relax with the family or catch up with friends. With the brunch running for over three hours, there is plenty of time to sample all the dishes on offer and make the most of the open bar.

Once you have finished your brunch, that is where the fun really begins and where Sheraton Dameisha Resort truly distinguishes itself. That is because all diners at the Sunday Brunch can also enjoy all-day access to Sheraton’s swimming pools and also the beach.

So head for a quiet stroll along the secluded beach. Take that rare opportunity to go for a dip in the sea. Play in the giant swimming pool with the kids or grab a drink with your partner at the poolside bar. Alternatively, relax on a lounger poolside and catch up with the latest book from your favorite author.

There really is no other brunch experience like it in the city. In fact, there’s nowhere else in the city where you can relax, unwind, and treat yourself like you can at the Sunday brunch at Capri at Sheraton Dameisha Resort.

Brunch is served on Sundays from 11:30 to 15:00

Buffet + Soft drinks and local beer: RMB464 (Net)

Buffet + Soft drinks and premium alcohol: RMB535 (Net)

For reservation, call 0755-88886688. For 10 people or more, please contact Ms. Ginny Xu.

 

Outdoor pool opening times: 06:00 – 22:00 (Summer)

Indoor pool opening times: 06:00 – 23:00 (Summer)

 

 

Hilton X Chuanchuan – Guest Chef from Tasty China at Kitchencraft Restaurant

[Shenzhen, China] The most influential Chinese documentary Tasty China brings Chuanchuan of Sichuan to the public at the beginning of this year, meanwhile, also introduced the Niuhua Bapo brand and the couple’s story famed among the country.

The Kitchencraft Restaurant of Hilton Shenzhen recently invite the Niuhua Bapo and the couple Mr. and Mrs. Dai to Shenzhen as the guest Chef onsite to present the original taste of Sichuan and Tasty China.


 

Selling period, from 21 June to 20 July, offer 100 seats per day.

Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai 

Ideally located in the core area of Shenzhen’s western coastal city belt, the Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai hotel faces Shenzhen Bay on the west, takes only 5 minutes to reach Shekou Ferry Terminal metro station and 15 minutes’ drive to Shekou Cruise Centre, offering easy access to Hong Kong International Airport in 30 minutes. Guest can also easily reach Hong Kong Central, Macau and Zhuhai via one hour ferry transfers. Locates in an established, expatriate-friendly international community near many shopping and leisure options, guests could go to V&A museum, historical attractions for leisure and relaxation. Kitchencraft, located on the 1F of Nanhai Wing, has been awarded by Thats “Ambiance Restaurant of the Year 2017”.

Hilton X 串串

                          –《舌尖3》推荐品牌“牛华八婆”品牌及主理人客座厨艺餐厅

【中国 深圳】年初的《舌尖3》带火了乐山的“牛华八婆”,也带火了四川的“串串”。今夏,深圳蛇口希尔顿南海酒店南海翼厨艺餐厅特邀“牛华八婆”品牌,及《舌尖3》主人公代克勤、张爱佳夫妇客座厨艺餐厅,为深圳食客带来最正宗的舌尖及乐山味道。

自成都空运的原材料、乐山特色油炸串串、剔透凉爽的冰粉、自成都空运而来的成都特产“唯怡”豆奶,赏味期间,30余种串串菜品、40余种川闽菜品、甜点及饮品,让您在舒适小姿的餐厅环境里酣畅淋漓地品尝最地道的串串美食。

6月21日-7月20日,每日限100人供应,6月21日-26日,代克勤夫妇现场烹饪,最地道的舌尖美食。

关于深圳蛇口希尔顿南海酒店

深圳蛇口希尔顿南海酒店坐落于深圳西侧沿海城市带的主要区域,远离都市喧嚣,闹中取静。酒店地理位置优越,从酒店客房即可欣赏深圳湾醉人的美景。交通便利,四通八达;距离蛇口港地铁站只需5分钟的路程,距离蛇口邮轮中心仅15分钟路程。从蛇口邮轮中心前往香港国际机场只需30分钟。宾客还可以通过一小时的轮渡抵达香港中环、澳门国际机场或珠海机场,便利前往海外旅游。深圳西部最具活力的、集商业、餐饮及娱乐于一体的海上世界距离酒店也仅是举步之遥。厨艺餐厅位于南海翼一层,荣膺2017年Thats颁发的年度餐厅氛围大奖!

Place Name: Kitchencraft (Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai – Nanhai Wing) 厨艺餐厅【深圳蛇口希尔顿南海酒店-南海翼】
Place Address: G Floor, Nanhai Wing, Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai, No.1177 Wanghai Rd, Nanshan District, Shenzhen
深圳市南山区望海路1177号,深圳蛇口希尔顿南海酒店,南海翼,G层
Place Phone:  +86 (755) 2162 8888 – 5569

Successful Swiss foodservice concept comes to China

Marché Mövenpick UpperHills Opening Ceremony
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Marché Mövenpick opens marketplace restaurant in UpperHills, Shenzhen

China’s first Marché Mövenpick restaurant opens today in the emerging financial quarter of UpperHills. The popular marketplace concept with Swiss roots welcomes guests with a wide variety of food and drinks, made lovingly by hand by the restaurant team. Culinary highlights include crispy Swiss potato rösti, freshly caught seafood, meat from the open grill, handpulled pizza, homemade pasta, European patisserie specialties and many more. There’s something for everyone!

Success through a focus on freshness

“Our guests stroll between inviting market stands and choose customized dishes from a plethora of fresh, high-quality products, which build the foundation of our concept,” says Tony Leong, Quality Manager of the Marché Mövenpick UpperHills. “You can experience the carefully prepared homemade meals ‘live’ at the open show kitchens,” he adds. In addition to Marché classics like crunchy salads and popular Swiss rösti, the restaurant team offers an array of other European treats such as the finest meat from the grill, freshly caught seafood, homemade pizza, pasta and Belgian waffles, irresistible sweet crêpes and Mövenpick ice cream. This delightful assortment is completed by a wide selection of fresh juices, refreshing beers, coffee and teas and exquisite wines.

Modern Flair and Swiss Hospitality

The new Marché Mövenpick’s interior resembles a European marketplace and features individual Alpine elements that evoke a sense of Swiss congeniality. Natural materials such as wood, decorative earthenware pots and straw baskets can be found throughout in an urban contemporary design with modern concrete tiles and brickwork, creating a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. A wooden fence with typical Swiss silhouette motifs is a special feature of the design. The restaurant seats up to 250 guests in its approx. 800 m2 space and has its own spacious kids’ corner with plenty of space to paint and play. Additional Marché Mövenpick locations in Asia can be found in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Opening hours:
11am – 10pm   Mon- Fri
10am – 10pm   Sat, Sun & Public Holidays

Place Name:  漫食乐深业上城 Marché Mövenpick UpperHills
Place Address:  L224,Level2, Mall, UpperHills, 5001 Huanggang Road, Futian District, Shenzhen 深圳市福田区皇岗路5001号深业上城商场L2层L224铺
Place Phone:0755-82578305 / 82577991
Website: www.marche-movenpick.cn/shenzhen

Marché International

Marché International is a global company that develops innovative foodservice solutions characterized by absolute freshness and quality. Through its well-known brand names, including Marché Mövenpick, Palavrion Grill and Cindy’s Diner, the company with Swiss roots operates restaurants in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Norway, Hungary, Croatia, Singapore, Indonesia and Canada and employs around 2,800 members of staff. The foodservice company is a leading restaurant operator on highways, in airports and in selected city center locations. It generated brand sales of CHF 259 million in 2017. Marché International is part of the Mövenpick Group. Its head office is in Kemptthal, Switzerland.

For more information:  https://www.marche-int.com/en

Unlimited World Cup BBQ & Beer at the Wyndham Grand

The Wyndham Grand is a well-known international 5-star hotel. Open in Futian CBD, since January 2015, the Wyndham Grand never ceases to impress, and this summer is no exception. To celebrate the FIFA 2018 World Cup beginning on 14th June, the Wyndham Grand is hosting a summer barbeque buffet with free-flow craft beer for the bargain price of RMB188 per person.Wyndham GrandWorld Cup BBQ

Situated in the picturesque outdoor garden of Vintage Bar on the ground floor, the barbeque buffet offer will begin on 13th June and run until 15th July when the World Cup ends. Matches will be shown live on televisions in the only outdoor hotel garden in Shenzhen. What better way to enjoy the game than with unlimited glasses of ice-cold craft beer and a never-ending plate of tasty barbeque food?World Cup Combo at the Wyndham Grand

As well as free-flow craft beer or soft drinks, there is a delightful range of barbeque foods cooked fresh to order. Shrimp, squid, oyster and Japanese mackerel are the seafood delicacies you can sample, along with a variety of beef, lamb, chicken and pork barbeque dishes, all seasoned deliciously. If vegetables are more your style, try the barbeque corn-on-the-cob or roasted garlic eggplant. All of these dishes will be cooked as you order them to ensure the freshness of the food and that they are prepared to your requirements.

Before and between the matches there will be the opportunity to play games and win prizes. For every match you can predict who you think will win and each entry will have the chance to win a voucher for RMB500 that can be spent in any of the Wyndham Grand’s bars or restaurants. Whoever predicts the winner of the final will be in with a chance to win RMB3000 voucher plus free-flow beer at Vintage Bar until the end of 2018! A fantastic prize, by any standard. In addition, there will be smaller prizes on offer for customers who score a goal in the Wyndham Grand mini-goal.

Vintage Bar outdoor garden

Director of Food and Beverage from the Wyndham Grand, Shenzhen, Roy Huang has worked in the hospitality industry for more than 15 years and joined this hotel about 2 years ago. He shared with us his aim is to have the best outdoor bar in Futian CBD, and he understands that the key element is staff. To that end, all new staff have at least two whole day’s training in the first month before they are assigned to the appropriate position to provide quality service. All employees also have training once a month to ensure the highest standards are maintained. This process is obviously working as there has been an excellent retention of staff since opening.Roy Huang, DFB

The Vintage Bar and attached open-air garden is a stylish setting, suitable for any event. The Wyndham Grand is in an ideal location in central Futian, easy to get to by metro (Gangxia station) or by taxi. A warm welcome will greet you as you enter the foyer and on your left you will see the distinctive sign of Vintage Bar. A list of match dates and times will be on display in the entrance to the bar, so you can keep track of who is playing when. Due to the time difference between here and Russia, some of the matches will be on well past midnight; however, Vintage Bar – and the barbeque – will stay open until the last match finishes each night.World Cup BBQ

Whether you enjoy football (or soccer, as some people call it) or not, the Wyndham Grand World Cup Combo offer is one not to be missed. Bring your friends, play some games, win some prizes, and enjoy 5-star food and drink in an exclusive setting, all at the same time and for the great price of RMB188+10%+6% per person. . What more could you ask for?

For reservations or enquiries call 0755 82998888 ext.8550.

Address: 2009 Caitian Road, Futian CBD, Shenzhen.

T’ang Court at The Langham, Shenzhen Named “Restaurant of the Year’’ by Restaurant Review

Spring is a season of colours and celebration. In April 2018, T’ang Court at The Langham, Shenzhen was named “Restaurant of the Year” by Restaurant Review as part of the magazine’s “2017-2018 Chinese Restaurant Award”.

                                                           “Restaurant of the Year”   

As China’s first dedicated restaurant review magazine, Restaurant Review is widely regarded as an authoritative and objective guide that provides readers with useful and interesting reviews and information. The “2017-2018 Chinese Restaurant Award” started in the second half of 2017 and after eight months of voting, the award winners were announced.

As the sibling restaurant of the Michelin 3-Star restaurants in Hong Kong and Shanghai, T’ang Court at The Langham, Shenzhen is known for its perfect interpretation of Cantonese cuisine, delivering a refined dining experience with masterful cooking skills, the freshest ingredients and wonderful service.

                                                                            T’ang Court

T’ang Court’s Executive Chinese Chef, Mr. Tsang Chiu King, a celebrity in the culinary scene in mainland China and Hong Kong, is the soul behind the Michelin starred restaurant. By combining the essence of traditional Cantonese cuisine with unique culinary ideas, Chef Tsang and his team tantalised many taste buds with their ingenious creations. Classics such as Baked Crab Stuffed with Cheese, Stir Fried Shrimps with Egg White and Fried Rice with Silkie Chicken won over the palate of many food enthusiasts.

                                                             Chef Tsang Chiu King    

It was no surprise then that T’ang Court at The Langham, Shenzhen was awarded as the “Restaurant of the Year” by Restaurant Review during the “2017-2018 Chinese Restaurant Award”.

Located on the 3rd floor of The Langham, Shenzhen, T’ang Court integrates traditional architectural elements with modern, luxurious furnishings to create a tranquil, peaceful retreat for diners. The experienced chef team offers a wide selection of lunch and dinner menus. Those looking for a more private space for a business dinner, romantic getaway or family gathering can book one of the six well-decorated rooms, each named after a famous poet.

                                                  Stir Fried Shrimps with Egg White 

About Langham Hospitality Group 

As the wholly-owned subsidiary of Great Eagle Holdings, Langham Hospitality Group encompasses a family of distinctive hotels under the Langham Hotels and Resorts and Cordis Hotels brands with more than 50 projects currently either confirmed or in a developed stage of negotiation from Asia, Europe and North America to the Middle East. The Group takes its name from the legendary Langham in London which was widely recognized as Europe’s first Grand Hotel. For 150 years, this flagship hotel has represented sophisticated and gracious hospitality, a philosophy that reflects elegance in design, innovation in hospitality, genuine service and captivation of the senses across all properties. For more information, please access the website at www.langhamhospitalitygroup.com.

Place Address: Level 3, The Langham, Shenzhen, 7888 Shennan Boulevard, Futian District, Shenzhen 518040
深圳市福田区深南大道7888号, 深圳东海朗廷酒店, 3层
Place Phone:  86 (755) 8828 9888 ext.8923

Social at The St. Regis Shenzhen – World-Class View, Five-Star Cuisine

From my table on the 95th floor of the KK100, I can just about see all of Shenzhen. I understand now why people say that Social has the best dining view in the city. Yet there is plenty more to enjoy about the all-day dining restaurant at The St. Regis Shenzhen in Luohu.

That evening we had come to sample The St. Regis’ Russian Gourmet Festival. The hotel had invited three of the top chefs in Moscow to showcase the finest that Russian cuisine had to offer. Coming all the way from The St. Regis Moscow were Executive Sous Chef Alexey Smakhtalin, Junior Pastry Sous Chef Alexander Soin, and Sous Chef Dmitriy Golubev.

Together they provided Shenzhen with a unique opportunity to sample a cuisine that is rarely available in the city. From cured and pickled meats to delicate and delectable pastries, the guest chefs promised to indulge guests with their modern interpretation of Russian cuisine whilst staying loyal to the core principles of the time-honored classics.

Throughout the meal, we were treated to a sumptuous cross-section of Russian cuisine by the three chefs. No showcase of Russian cuisine could be said to be quite complete without the presence of Chicken Kiev. With tender chicken and delicate breadcrumbs, the breaded chicken fillet has rarely tasted this exquisite. Just when I thought I had sampled all that was on offer, I was presented with a Pork Stuffed Pig Bread. This playful little pastry comes in the guise of a little pig including a little snout and pair of ears. This Russian specialty is every bit delicious as it is cute.

Yet to say the evening was solely about the Russian dishes would be to do Social a great disservice. In fact, the food festival made up but a small portion of the culinary delights on offer.

While Social offers a DIY salad bar to appease even the most discerning healthy eaters, you would be forgiven to skip it altogether once you spied the sushi and sashimi on offer. Boasting the freshest cuts from the sea, it is one of the most popular food stations at Social and, having sampled the salmon and tuna, it is understandably so.

Next waiting for you is a real culinary treat in the form of Social’s renowned seafood bazaar. The station is truly a shellfish lover’s dream complete with Australian oysters on ice, steamed prawns, crab, and Alaskan king crab leg. You will find them perfectly paired with enough sauces to satisfy the most discerning of palates.

Next is a little something that I can’t say I’ve seen elsewhere in the city’s illustrious hotel restaurants. Social has a spinning Shawarma machine where you can enjoy pita wraps dripping with delicious meats and vegetable fillings. The vertical spit is a particular highlight in an already stellar buffet experience.

It’s not only the Shawarma machine that catches the eye. In the corner of the buffet, diners can find a traditional oven where Beijing Peking Duck is prepared. Cooked live in front of guests, the duck is then wrapped in a freshly steamed pancake with scallions, cucumber, and homemade Tian Mian sauce.

The Beijing Duck Rolls are just one of many authentically recreated traditional Chinese dishes. Diners can also enjoy Ma La Tang, the iconic hot pot broth. With a choice between the fiery Sichuan style and the more savory Guangdong broth, there is something for everyone’s tastes. Once you’ve chosen your soup base, you can then customize your hot pot from a choice of over 20 different meats, fish, shellfish, and vegetables.

If by some miracle you’ve managed to resist temptation and save some room for dessert, then you will be richly rewarded. Diners can choose from a selection of chocolate and cheesecakes to a wide array of flavors of Movenpick ice cream.

The choices on offer are quite simply overwhelming in the best, most mouthwatering way possible.

Yet what really makes Social stand out as a dining experience is the details. From the Beijing Duck Oven to the attentive staff there to refill your glass.From the Shawarma Stand to the charming and helpful Restaurant & Bar manager hailing from Ireland.

Social at St. Regis is a truly unmissable dining experience in Shenzhen. Come for the panoramic view. Stay for the world-class cuisine.

Buffet Lunch: Weekday: RMB418 +10% +6%, Weekend: RMB508 +10% +6%

Buffet Dinner: Weekday: RMB558 +10% +6%, Weekend: RMB628 +10% +6%

Address: 95TH Floor, The St. Regis Shenzhen, No. 5016, Shennan Road East,Luohu District, Shenzhen (深圳市罗湖区深南东路5016号深圳瑞吉酒)

Tel: +86 (755) 830 88888

Mr. 吾Five Bites – Don’t Judge A Hotdog Restaurant By It’s Entrance

Written by Eddy

Nothing beats a good hotdog. There are those who talk about ribeye steaks from Australia or the freshest oysters from France, but give me a New York style hotdog any day of the week over them.

The challenge in China, however, can be finding one. The photos on a menu can often be very different from what arrives on your plate and even when your order looks like what you expect it to, it can still taste like something entirely different.

I had actually passed Mr. 吾Five Bites at Coastal City a few times before I finally went in. The restaurant was busy with local customers and the hotdogs they were eating looked like the real deal, but I had been hurt before and I didn’t want to give myself false hope. I needn’t have had any doubts.

It’s clear from the restaurant that there is a deep love of hotdogs at play here, from the traditional hot dog stand to the extensive menu of different hot dogs. Mr. Five Bites is also a clear ode to the city of New York, which can be seen in the pop art wallpaper and the bright color signage. The bustling young crowd sat outside only serve to add to The Big Apple vibe. It didn’t surprise me one bit when I later discover the owner used to live in New York.

Passing an eye over the menu, however, you quickly realize this is no place merely looking to imitate the classics. There is plenty of fusion and creativity going on here. Check out Tokyo Hot, mixing sole fish tempura, wasabi mayonnaise and teriyaki sauce with a hotdog. You can also give Crawfish Dog a whirl with its spicy crawfish and scallion, or the alluringly named Miss Hong Kong, which boasts scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, and a cheeky sprinkling of corn cereal.

The tastes are always rotating and I’m told that Mr. Five Bites have showcased over 80 signature dogs over the years. This relentless reinvention can be accredited to their Food Director, Sky. Sky cut his culinary teeth as a chef on The Bund in Shanghai before later coming to Shenzhen to work at Shark. He uses his experience to cram in as much originality into each hotdog bun as he can.

Sky’s abilities, however, are not limited to just hotdogs. Mr. 吾Five Bites serves plenty of other dishes too. There is the hearty Five Bites All Day Breakfast, a selection of pastas including Spaghetti Arrabiata, and six types of French fries.

But in the end, I have to admit that I’m a sucker for a classic. Sowhen the time comes, I order the classic New York style Five Bites hotdog along with a nice, cold bottle of Corona. After my first bite and a swig of my beer, I’m in no doubt that these guys are the real deal. And it’s while I am sitting back to enjoy my snack and beverage that something catches my eye.

A waiter approaches the door to go inside the staff-only area of the restaurant. He takes a quick look around to check if anyone is looking and then enters a code into the keypad. The door opens and the waiter quickly enters before the door shuts behind. Unbeknownst to him, this eagle-eyed writer was watching. I quickly follow behind and enter the same code. The door opens…

In one moment I am sat outside at a hotdog restaurant, the next I am transported to a speakeasy bar. The lighting is dark, but a video that stretches across three walls offers enough illumination to see the lounge seating surrounding glass tables loaded with vintage whiskeys, and the long bar stocked with enough spirits to make all manner of cocktails.

The bar is lively. Young couples huddle together at the corner tables while in the middle of the bar are groups of people in suits who look like they’ve come from a business dinner.

The soundtrack for the evening is hip-hop, the West Coast variety. While the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Tyler The Creator keep the night moving along, I take up a seat at the bar. I’m greeted by the bartender, Jean, and when I ask what’s good, a mischievous smile creeps on to her face.

There are plenty of endlessly inventive cocktails including the aptly named Cloudy Day In Shenzhen, made from osmanthus-infused tequila, blue cuarcao, lemon juice, homemade raisin-nut syrup, and even some cotton candy. If you are feeling like a walk on the wild side, why not try Kiss By The Green Devil. This deceptively potent concoction mixes absinthe with lavender syrup, lemon juice, and egg white. For something a little different, there is always the Breakfast Martini, which combines bacon-infused bourbon whiskey with olive juice, white vermouth, and original bitter.

The night goes by nice and slow. Just the way it ought to. No moment outstays it’s welcome. Every conversation is savored. I enjoy some cocktails, some solid beats, and most of all, good company. Not too bad of a night considering all I came in for was a hotdog…

If you are interested to know the secret code at Mr.吾 Five Bites,  just mention Shenzhen Party for the latest password.

Meanwhile, the top 20 Wechat reposters can enjoy a special promotional voucher that gives the holder 2 free beers at Mr. 吾Five Bites only if share this post at your Wechat moment. We will also randomly pick 2 lucky winners to win a cash coupon to the value of RMB300

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Average Spending per Head:

Restaurant:60rmb

Bar: 100rmb

Business Hours:10am-2am

Address: No. 288, 2/F, Coastal City, Nanshan, Shenzhen (深圳市南山区海岸城购物中心2楼天台广场288)

Tel: 0755-86559701

Additional Resources

Congrats to Mambo on their 1 year anniversary serving Mexican food

Just stopped at Mambo and noticed they made it through a full year. Congrats to them on serving great Mexican cuisine with creative flair. It is a difficult feat for most Shenzhen restaurants.

Tacos at Mambo
Tacos at Mambo

Located in Shuiwei it is a fun place to meet some friends and nibble on their 7 kinds of tacos. Reasonably priced wine by the glass and other creative cocktails are on the drink menu.

Fajitas at Mambo
Fajitas at Mambo

Now that Trafalgar has opened across the street it is a good destination area with Evil Duck and Braceria Pugliese on the parallel street.

Chicken Skewer
Chicken Skewer

Original Review of Mambo Mexican restaurant

Magpie where food meets art in the Oct Loft art area

Written by Mark
Revised by Brent Deverman

OCT Loft is known for creativity and art galleries. What if that art was applied to the food there? If an artist combined two cuisines together would he/she think to choose Chinese Northeastern (Dongbei) flavors and western food? Let’s face it, Shenzhen has so many places to eat, picking one can drive the sanest person crazy – but when I heard about the opening night of this new trendy artsy restaurant – Magpie – we had to check it out.

The team behind the concept

Tucked away in the beautiful surroundings of OCT LOFT, the Magpie restaurant – brainchild of head chef Cadence Gao – is ideally situated, serving traditional Dong Bei food styled with a contemporary western edge – the perfect escape from the hectic city lifestyle.

Cadence Gao Chef & Artist
Cadence Gao Chef & Artist
The team behind Magpie: Eric-Cadence-Amir (from left to right)
The team behind Magpie: Eric-Cadence-Amir (from left to right) (Photo from Magpie’s official Wechat)

We heard about the team creating a restaurant something like 3 years ago so it is great to see that it has finally come together and that their skills all compliment each other to build a concept that is greater than the sum of the individual parts.

The decoration and ambiance

The first thing that grabs your attention is the relaxing ambiance and modern decoration which gel together perfectly. The staff were genuine and friendly and even though busy, were tentative and helpful.

Communal tables make Magpie a great place for dinner with friends.
Communal tables make Magpie a great place for dinner with friends.  (Photo from Magpie’s official Wechat)
Grey and blue title make for a nice clean look.
Clean grey and blue title make for a nice clean look.
Attention to detail is taken seriously at Magpie
Attention to detail is taken seriously at Magpie (Photo from Magpie’s official Wechat)
Best to make a reservation as word of mouth is getting around.
Best to make a reservation as word of mouth is getting around.

Drinks and cocktails

The menu offers something for everyone, beautifully presented and skillfully written, complimented with a collection alcoholic beverages including some of the finest cocktails, carefully chosen and sculpted by talented mixologists.

Sit at the bar and order a cocktail.
Sit at the bar and order a cocktail. (Photo from Magpie’s official Wechat)
Mixologists create cocktails specially concocted for Magpai.

Best Selling Cocktails:

Cotton Candy Cocktail – RMB 85 (made up of fresh lemon juice, vermouth, and homemade Limonchelo) Flavor: Sweet, fruity, sour
Volcanic White Wine – RMB 85 (made up of white wine, citrus peels) Flavor: sweet, fruity

Bartender’s Favourite:

Bartender's Favourite:
Burning Pine – RMB 85(made up of roasted pine nuts, burnt rosemary, Moscatel and a bit of rum) Flavor: sweet, aromatic

Wine by the bottle is also reasonably priced with a bottle of Artero Tempranillo going for 185RMB.

Biting into a painting

The food was succulent and juicy, each dish freshly prepared and cooked to perfection. – My favourite dishes included “Who killed my duck?” – “Belly full of Scallops” and “The Obligatory Steak” but to name a few.

The menu is seasonal and may not be the same when you visit as they were just finishing their winter menu.

Who Killed My Duck – fowl murdered on your plate – 85RMB
Catch if the day scallops
Catch of the day scallops – 125RMB

Maybe it was the attention to detail, the mouth-watering food or the delicious candyfloss cocktails that made my visit so memorable – whatever it was, the entire dining experience at the Magpie restaurant was exquisite and I look forward to visiting again soon.

Starters to share

Food for thought - Fried pigs brains
Food for thought – Fried pigs brains – 35RMB
Rabbit food (not on the menu)
Rabbit food (not on the menu)
A poached egg
A poached egg – 25RMB

Main dishes:

Venison Bolognese
Venison Bolognese – 75RMB
Pasta with whatever
Pasta with whatever – 60RMB
Coal Oil Tartare - 75RMB
Coal Oil Tartare – 75RMB

Dessert Art

Moss and Soil - 50RMB
Yuan Xiao – 50RMB
Orange Creamsicle - 50RMB
Orange Creamsicle – 50RMB

Restaurant Name: Magpie 喜鹊派

Place Address: Oct B Loft A5 125 深圳华侨城创意园北区A5125(旧天堂书店背面)

Place Phone: +86755-86528782(14:00-02:00)

Business Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 17:00-02:00

Map to Magpie

Additional Resources

What should I have for dinner tonight in Futian?

Our friend asked us for dining recommendations in Futian district for dinner tonight. Here are some suggestions we came up with.
 Butao Ramen  – Popular Ramen chain from Japan that just opened in the Ping’an building.
 Mambo  – Mexican fare in the Shuiwei village area
 Braceria Pugliese  – Italian food from a real Italian owner always keeping the quality very high.
 Kitchen Rouge  – Mauritian Chef with a fusion mix of cusines.
Have a glance at more Shenzhen restaurants in our restaurant listings.