There's a lot going on here, but it's all good.
It’s no secret that MODO is one of our favourite Beijing restaurants, but it just got even better thanks to the addition of several new spring dishes and three very handy chef’s menus.
For instance, has there ever been a more delicious sounding dish than the ‘Seared Giant Japanese Scallop with Curried Cauliflower, Crispy Bacon and Rhubarb Sauce’?? No we didn’t think so. Add to that several light and scrumptious creations such as the Summer Peach Salad and the Seared Duckbreast with Watermelon and Feta and you know a meal here will be a special one every time.
For those of you unfamiliar with this hip Sanlitun eatery, MODO means ‘manner’ or ‘way’ in Spanish, and the talented South American team behind it encourage you to eat their way: no starters, no mains, just an assortment of exquisite dishes to share.
"Mmmmm, pork belly and apple sauce...."
Helpfully, the chef (Mr Daniel Urdaneta) has also just created three suggested sharing menus to help you make up your minds, including one for vegetarians. Six dishes to share (including dessert) costs 430RMB, while eight dishes costs 620RMB. We think you’d be hard pushed to find a better quality meal for this price anywhere in the world, let alone Beijing.
MODO: Third Floor, Sanlitun Village, 19 Sanlitun Bei Lu, Chaoyang district (+86 10 6415 7202).
For some reason, the name of this restaurant makes us want to sing a certain Phil Collins song, but the main reason we are telling you about it is because it’s a great new addition to Beijing’s dining scene.
Don’t get us wrong, we love Chinese food. Otherwise we wouldn’t be here. But sometimes it’s nice to eat something a little lighter, and Susu -a new Vietnamese restaurant- delivers just that.
Nestled deep in a hutong north east of the National Art Museum of China, this stylish little courtyard playing 20s jazz sets just the right tone for a tête à tête over lunch or a relaxed dinner away from the crowds.
What’s more, given the lack of reputable Vietnamese restaurants in Beijing, aficionados will be pleased to hear that the owners have employed two experienced Vietnamese chefs to create and execute the menu.
The result is a great selection of classic, well-prepared and tasty dishes including pho noodles, fresh nem rolls, and even chewy banh mi sandwiches perfect for a quick lunchtime snack. Our favourites include the vibrant Three Colour Salad with its crunchy lotus root and surprisingly delicious pig’s ear shavings, and the supremely tasty barbecued fish spring rolls.
Altogether now:” Su-su-ssudio….”