3/F Nali Patio / 81 Sanlitun Beijie
/ Chaoyang District / +86 10 5208 6071
First stop for food, fashion and flair, Beijing’s Nali Patio is not only the default destination for style and nightlife mavens, but also ground zero for cupcake lovers at bespoke bakery Milly’s Cakes. Recently, however, owner and cake decorator extraordinaire Emily Long moved her successful cakery downstairs, and in its place opened her own homestyle Korean restaurant and soju bar where the accent is on trad-with-a-twist recipes in a relaxed informal atmosphere.
At Jubang, Long’s perfectionist streak (she flew to London to learn sugarcraft and fondant decoration when setting up Milly’s Cakes) finds the perfect arena, and thankfully, having grown up in Korea, her culinary tastes extend beyond the ubiquitous K-BBQ. Jubang’s simple communal tables come complete with a comforting line-up that features japchae made with sweet potato noodles, spicy tofu sundubu, Korean-style fried chicken, chilli-rich bibimbap, steamed pork belly and very toothsome kimchi mini pancakes. If you’re not in the mood to eat, the cute little bar makes a handy bolthole with a short but chic range of beers, Korean rice wines and flavoured sojus like apple, orange, kiwi and zesty lemon. The cupcakes may have waved goodbye, but the kimchi beckons! Gun bae!