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April food and drink news

Food and drink happenings from around Beijing

Spring has arrived and there’s plenty of exciting news and hot culinary gossip to get stuck into.

Neapolitan-style pizzeria Bottega recently announced plans to open a second location just north of the Liangma River, off Xindong Lu, and then shocked us with yet another bombshell: they are moving their original Sanlitun location to Nali Patio, taking up residence in the former Let’s Seafood space on the second floor.

At the Four Seasons, chef Aneilo Turco of Italian fine dining eatery Mio recently launched his new spring menu featuring some truly innovative uses for lobster and saffron. In typical fashion, Turco flaunts his unusual knack for unconventional preparation, extracting an impressive range of flavours through his mad chemistry.

Across town, the team at Hatchery just got a bit bigger with the addition of a new chef. Fresh from a stint working in some highprofile kitchens in London, Simone Thompson is poised to elevate the complexity of offerings from this popular party destination and fast-casual eatery. If last month’s 'long table' dinner from Chef Simone, where she created a London-inspired menu paired with a bespoke gin from The Distillery is anything to go by, big things are fast coming.

Speaking of Chef Simone, Jing A is launching an all-new weekend Brewer’s Brunch featuring three courses from the newly arrived chef. In other brunch news, Chef Marino D’Antonio has launched a monthly brunch series at Opera Bombana focusing on a different culinary region of Italy each month, kicking off with the hearty northern fare of Lombardy. The six-course affair features stunners like ravioli stuffed with simmer meats and sautéed in butter with pancetta, Italian caviar, slow-cooked beef short rib and two dessert courses – because why not?

Jing A has also teamed up with new gym BaseFIt to put on a Friday night event series they are calling Detox/Retox. A full workout involving kegs will be capped off with a free pint of Jing A at Home Grounds, the newly opened adjoining restaurant.

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