Fine Dining at Philippe Starck’s Le Lan in Beijing

I would like to share more about Philippe Starck’s Le Lan in Beijing but heaps of work get in my way. I need to finish some sketches for tomorrow’s meeting… aarrg! But for Lasang Pinoy, Sundays (yeah it’s early Monday morning here in NZ), here are photos taken about a year ago when I had my last hurray in Beijing. I had this unexplainable urge to visit the Philippe Starck creation for once and I am one happy IA.

It could be anything from imaginative, vivid, weird eclectic, genius, rubbish… whatever it is to you but it was a wonderful experience for me.

Lasang Pinoy, Sundays. Fine Dining.
Lasang Pinoy, Sundays

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About The Author: Iska

I am not a professional cook. My only claim to having a culinary background is a short stint as my dad’s teen ‘sous chef’ in his carinderia ages ago. Dad ran small eateries since I was a young kid - serving standard ‘turo-turo’ food ranging from the likes of menudo, adobo, pritong isda, dinuguan, binagoongan, bopis, munggo, pinakbet and giniling to merienda fares like goto, ginataan, pancit bihon, halu-halo and saging con yelo. My father, a farmer in his hometown before working his way to becoming an accountant, definitely influenced my cooking in a lot of ways than I thought. My siblings and I were raised in a backyard full of fruit trees and vegetable garden. We spent weekends and the summer breaks running around with ducks, chickens, goats and pigs. I had wonderful memories of gathering eggs, butchering chickens, selling vegetables and the sweet aroma of preserved fruits. But my love for art led me to a degree in Architecture. Just few months after getting my license, I went abroad and lived independently at age 23. Definitely no maid, no cook, and a totally different food culture. Along the way I met lots of friends and spent what seemed a lifetime learning new tricks and recipes. Now living in Auckland, I am a work-from-home mum who juggles time between work, fun and family - in pursuit of work-life balance. No matter how busy I am, I love the idea of cooking for my family. My blog chronicles home cooking greatly influenced by life outside my home country from Southeast Asia to Beijing and Auckland. And most of the time, being busy also means easy (sometimes quick), affordable meals.

Discuss - 13 Comments

  1. raquel says:

    very interesting design. i’ve never heard of philippe starck. are those “faces” at the back of the bar chairs? really interesting..thanks for sharing.

    raquel´s last blog post..Lasang Pinoy Sundays: Fine Dining

  2. ces says:

    i would never let this chance pass either sis!

    ces´s last blog post..Lasang Pinoy, Sundays: One Fine Dining

  3. Julie says:

    This is an interesting place,I’m sure its a delight to go there :)

    Julie´s last blog post..Fine Dining Means Eating Less While Paying More

  4. FoodieJenn says:

    Ang ganda ng chandelier! Panalo!

    My entry is here. Hope you can check it out. Have a great week ahead.

    FoodieJenn´s last blog post..C’ Italian Dining

  5. Jescel says:

    Philippe Starck is one of my fave designers. Love his modern, eclectic albeit eccentric designs! this is a wonderful experience.

    Jescel´s last blog post..Sweet Challah

  6. Zriz says:

    interesting interior design iska! Love the faces/eyes! hehehe I too am a fan of something out of the ordinary! :)

    Zriz´s last blog post..Fine Dining

  7. kaaliw yung mga seats, ha! it’s as if someone’s keeping an eye on you! hahaha!

    i’d love to visit this place to, given the chance. :D

    Munchkin Mommy´s last blog post..Affordable Fine Dining

  8. Pinky says:

    A truly one-of-a-kind experience if you ask me! :)

    Pinky´s last blog post..LaPiS: Fine Dining

  9. Dexie says:

    DANG! I wonder if I could get someone to build me the table and chairs :)

  10. Jay says:

    i love the last pix good shot :D

    sorry late comment me to youmy entry is here

    magandang araw ka-lasa-ista :)
    Salamat sa pagbisita :)

    Jay´s last blog post..La.Pi.S # 41: Fine Dining

  11. paoix says:

    iska, when is your filipino fine dining restaurant opening? :)

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