A La Modo
Modo Urban Deli
It came as something of an unwelcome surprise to lovers of gourmet diner Modo when a change in the lease forced the eatery to remove its chic mezzanine level early in 2013, and the shock was soon compounded when they shuttered completely for a full month after Chinese New Year. But Beijing foodies will be delighted to hear that this hip, laid-back eatery has finally reopened post-facelift with 32 seats, an all-day menu (rather than solely dinner, as before) and a new pièce de résistance deli counter where patrons can grab-and-go.
Choose from chef Daniel Urdaneta’s quinoa salad (with cilantro, caraway seeds, raisin and red beans), country-style terrine with onion confit and cornichons, or signature crispy pork belly on roasted red apples and rustic mash potatoes. There are also veggie burgers with goat cheese, tomato and radish remoulade sauce, Cuban sandwiches filled with roast pork, ham, melted Gouda cheese, pickles and mustard, plus a decadent homemade chocolate brownie with walnuts, ice cream and berry coulis. The new European-inspired deli counter offers charcuterie, flatbreads, condiments and house-flavoured sea salt, and as before, the wine selection is globally-sourced and features 20 imported bottles including a dry Parxet Cuvee Cava from Spain. Can’t make it in-store? Then call for home delivery a la Modo. Welcome back!