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Sushi and Scotch

June 02, 2014
Glen Kitchen

In droll contrast to the old adage ‘God invented whiskey to keep the Irish from ruling the world’, it would seem there’s absolutely no stopping the Japanese from vanquishing the spirits scene with their own homegrown whiskey distillations, slowly slotting in on gleaming bar shelves across the world. And furthering the cause in Beijing is Japanese entrepreneur Daiki Kanetaka, who not only knocked the socks off any libationary competition with top-notch whiskey den Glen and sultry sipster Glen Classic , but is now also promoting the delicate delights of his nation’s cuisine with Glen Kitchen, a snug little sushi bar tucked in next door to his whiskey flagship.

The 15-seat nook serves up an extensive menu of modern nibbles like grilled edamame, garlic soybeans and crunchy asparagus wrapped in salty smoked bacon, but top pick is certainly the sushi rice balls that come neatly enrobed in thin strips of salmon and seared tuna. Or if you’re especially famished, plump for the whole baked fish dressed in a light soy sauce. And although a fabulously nifty solution to pre- or post- sip-session rumbles, Glen Kitchen stands in its own right as an excellent spot to enjoy exquisitely plated sushi, as well as top-shelf scotch. Kanpai!

205 / Bldg A / Taiyue Suites / 16 S Sanlitun St / Chaoyang / +86 10 6501 8755 / 6pm-midnight daily