The launch of Wudaoying’s newest opening in January was celebrated during an all-day Food & Drink Festival where the Saffron team Yaoyang and Li Yang worked with the Woodstock of Eating team to organize 6 hours of food, drinks and music entertainment across their Wudaoying F&B outlets including Saffron, Chi Restaurant, and their newest restaurant space He Kitchen & Co
Though the venue is called He, 喝 the ‘drink’ counterpart to their Chi restaurant 吃, ‘He’ is more than just a bar concept. They offer breakfast, brunch, various tapas and desserts alongside a special wine selection and good drinks available from morning until evening for all those wine-loving hipsters.
During the Wudaoying Food & Drink Festival He was serving food by Saffron To Go – a spread that included a large platter of squid, cup portions of saucy meatballs, and a range of toppings to spread onto a selection of flatbread and bread rolls. A bit of a mishmash offering, but all very tasty. On the other side of the entrance bar were beverages and a little cart making cotton candy.
Rolls and Breads with Range of Spreads and Fillers
Spread of Wines for Guests
Though most of the food being served was on the first floor, they also had a little BBQ with chuar sticks on their petit rooftop space on the second floor, where they also had a DJ and spare dance space. We presume that during normal business hours, this would serve as the main dining area for guests.
While we were most keen to check out He since it’s the newest space by the Saffron Team, we also popped our heads into Saffron where we saw one of the largest paella pots imaginable in the works. Unfortunately, we did have the time to wait around for it to be ready or the energy to fight the other foodies crowding around the pan, you can already imagine how superb this paella was going to turn out!
Gigantic Seafood Paella at Saffron
Contact Details for He Kitchen & Co:
- Address: No. 48 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng District
- Address: No. 64 Wudaoying Hutong (Opposite Chi restaurant)
- Tel:＋86 10 8404 4909
- Address: No. 67 Wudaoying Hutong (Opposite Saffron)
- Tel: +86 10 6445 7076
Saffron To Go:
- Address: C30208, Galaxy SOHO, Chaoyangmen, Dongcheng
- 东城区朝阳门银河SOHO C座30208
- Tel: 4000 887 757
- Website: www.saffrontogo.com
Kristen Lum has an accomplished background in PR, communications and events in China. Born and raised in California, Kristen has been based in Beijing since 2006 and is founder of the lifestyle blog called LumDimSum, covering mostly restaurant news and reviews alongside upcoming events around town that relate to Beijing’s muti-faceted, quickly-developing creative industries like art, music, film, health and fitness, fashion, nightlife, charity events, and travel tips.