Over the past year, Indigo mall has become an increasingly popular family hang out, especially for food. Restaurant options are ample and decent in the mall, but who doesn’t love more choices? A little dwarfed by Indigo, restaurants in the nearby East hotel (also part of Swire Properties) as well offer generous promotions for casual dining out.
As a Wangjing dweller, I am a frequent diner at both locations. After tipping off friends here and there, I decided to put this listing together. If I’ve missed any of your favorites, help me out and leave a comment.
On Mondays, if the Sanlitun location is too crowded, the popular two-for-one Blue Frog burger deal is also available at Indigo. If you are not in the mood for burgers, walk to the neighboring East hotel’s bar and restaurant Xian for buy one get one free selected drinks and pizzas (daily, 5-8pm).
On Tuesdays, head to Flamme on the third floor of Indigo for its two-for-one steak. If you can fit in desert, pick up some cupcakes or pies (RMB 6-20) at half price (after 7pm, daily) from T Republic on the first floor.
In the middle of the week, treat yourself a nicer after-work dinner on Wednesday at East hotel’s Feast restaurant on the second floor. A two-course menu (daily, RMB 168, 5.30-10.30pm) comes with a glass of wine or soft drink. Before you go home, drop by Domain on the same floor to get some two-for-one cakes (daily, 6pm until sold out).
Moms, please take note: Don’t assume that you are too grown-up for ladies’ night until you check out East hotel’s classy bar and restaurant Xian. Hang out with your girl friends and enjoy free selected martinis and other cocktails (Thursdays, 9-12pm), accompanied by live jazz music. Not a fan of staying up late? Try the two-for-one burgers (Thursdays, 10.30am-2pm) at Domain on a lunch date.
And what better way to start your weekend than with a glass of champers? Xian offers buy one get one free on Moet Chandon Champagne bottles (RMB 750) and glasses (RMB 120) every Friday night.
On weekends, kids eat from the children’s menus for free at Blue Frog Indigo, for every two brunches/main courses purchased by parents. Japanese food lovers should head to East hotel’s Hagaki for the buy-two-get-one sashimi that’s only available on Saturdays and Sundays.
As a food explorer, I spend most of my time everyday looking for food deals around town from various sources. This also happens to play into my role as dining editor. Thanks to the capital’s buzzing dining scence, I am constantly surprised to discover the less publicized deals like Quanjude’s RMB 88 duck buffet. So a crazy idea popped into my head, "why not write about it in a blog series?” So now we have Deal Hunting.
If you are a reader and has a food deal to share with us, please tip off to firstname.lastname@example.org ; If you are a restaurant/hotel/organization and wants to promote your dining event, please post it here to the beijingkids website.
Photos: courtesy of Stuart Webster, Marco Derksen (Flickr), Clemence Jiang, Rob Cunningham and Edwina Wu.