Sunday, November 28, 2010

Nuage, Beijing

NUAGE22 Qianhai Dongyan , Beijing, China, +86 (010) 6401 9581
Behind the No Name Bar in Beijing's Houhai District is Nuage, a Vietnamese restaurant and late nightclub overlooking the Qianhai Lake. Inside is funky chill decor with plenty of green plants and dining tables using actual rickshaws. 

Sea Snail - served chilled, tossed in fish sauce, chili, basil, daikon, carrot. Outrageous. To die for.
Beef in Coconut - sliced beef marinated in lemongrass, chili and coconut juice. I almost caught on fire a few times. Tender, juicy and awesome meat. I was too preoccupied with the flames to fully enjoy.
Crab in Ginger Sauce - messy, messy...too complex for eating in front of new friends.
Pineapple Fried Rice with Shrimp - we each got our very own pineapple boat stuffed with rice tossed in nuts, herbs and small shrimp.
Shrimp on Sugarcane - the crust was fried and flavors rocked.
Shrimp Crepes - turmeric crepes stuffed with shrimp and bean sprouts and greens. 
Asparagus - weak...don't bother ordering this!
Hip young people cruising the boardwalk.
Rickshaws were everywhere. We took one to Nuage and to the Drum Tower.
Everywhere, we saw boards placed in front of car wheels. Guess why? To prevent dogs from peeing on the wheels!
Gǔlóu (鼓楼), the Drum Tower in Beijing.

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