Malbec & Beef just opened in Beijing and, as you might guess, Argentina is the focus. My first question to owner Jorge Wang, who is well-versed in Argentine wine, including some wine-making experience: “Do you guys have any labels from Salta?”
(That region wowed when I went a few years ago. Enjoying elegant wine and goat cheese empanadas in the shadow of the Andes? Fantastic.)
Wang’s answer: yes. He stocks Laborum wine from Salta. And has also beer from Patagonia,
Wang has 70 different wines, including lots of that namesake Malbec, and lots under rmb200 per bottle.
Plus a food menu with Argentine classics and well-known Western dishes in China. Think pastas, burgers, sausages and steaks–cooked using volcanic rocks as local regulations mean no charcoal allowed, he says. Here are a few shots of the menu:
I also asked about empanadas. They’re not listed on the menu but can be made if requested ahead of time. Maybe there could be a weekly empanada day!?
Anyway, Wang brings a decade of wine experience. He graduated as a media major from Tsinghua in 2009–and took some great photos of our Maovember wine fundraiser a few years ago–then went to wine school in Argentina and launched import company LEWINE.
Looking forward to getting down there — it’s in south Beijing — and checking the place out. Malbec & Beef: Zhonghangji Plaza (1-004, Ground Floor) in Yizhuang Economic-Technological Development Area. Business hours: 11 AM-2 PM and 5:30 PM-9:30 PM, Monday to Saturday. Call 13126-623-787 for reservations.
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