The summer months are guaranteed to bring with them changes in the Shunyi area. Places close, others open up, and some undergo refurbishments, even when they’ve only been open all of five minutes. Marebella Mediterranean Restaurant on Yuyang Street (South Gate of Capital Paradise) is one that has closed its doors for a summer refurbishment. The manager has assured me that it will be open again, and ready for business, just in time for the Shunyi crowds returning from their break. I’m looking forward to (hopefully) enjoying more of their wonderful honey bread served with tapenade and their couscous dishes.
If that’s left you in search of somewhere local to dine, a new restaurant is now open on the second floor of Dulwich College Beijing’s (DCB) West Dome Pavilion, at their Legend Garden campus. The restaurant is called Legend Heights and is open to the whole community, not just Dulwich families. Watch this space for an upcoming review of what’s on their menu. Charcoal, the BBQ smoke and pit restaurant at the west end of Qingyuan Sanjie has a new chef on board. Not only is the venue the home of Arrow Factory Brewing, they also have the biggest BBQ in Shunyi. Their new chef promises original and tasty dishes, plus favorites such as jerk chicken, burgers, and pulled pork. The patio area really is a great spot for dining and sampling their craft beers.
Another closure is the DVD shop at Cathay View Plaza, behind DD’s Market. This is a real shame, as its right next door to where we live. I’m also surprised, as it was always busy with kids and parents stocking up on movie night films. That means another empty unit in this mall area, which had so much promise when it was built a few years back. Rather than closures, Pinnacle Plaza continues to see openings and new development. Behind the restaurant strip that includes Tapas Plus, Blue Elephant, and Lakers, there are buildings going up. After asking around, and finally finding someone who did more than shrug their shoulders, I was told it will be a shopping mall. Let’s hope it’s more successful than Cathay View.
beijingkids Shunyi Correspondent Sally Wilson moved to Beijing in 2010 from the UK with her husband and son. Her daughter was born here in 2011 and both her kids keep her happily busy. In her spare time, Sally loves to stroll through Beijing’s hutongs and parks. She is a (most of the time) keen runner and loves reading: books, magazines, news, and celeb websites – anything really. Sally is also a bit of a foodie and loves trying out new restaurants.