Hello Bo | Wine veteran Hector Jiang opens new Italian-focused venue

By Jim Boyce | For a long while, the best one-two wine shop punch in Beijing consisted of Jim Yang and Hector Jiang at Pudao, two nice guys who knew their stuff. Yang moved to corporate a year or so ago, then, in October, Jiang left and resurfaced last month doing what he loves best: running a restaurant.

His new place Bo—his full name is Jiang Bo—is in the Caochangdi area and just over a month old. I’ve yet to visit but wechat buddy NomNate says he had a tasty set lunch with salmon tartare, spaghetti bolognese and a Catalonian-style flan with pineapple. For a sweet soft opening price of rmb38.

“He does wine pairings in the evening,” adds NomNate. “He’s just a very nice guy who seems to be putting his heart into something,”

This place looks especially promising given Jiang’s previous stint as co-owner of former Italian restaurant Luce and his background at Pudao Wines. In terms of wine, Jiang says the lineup is solely ‘old world’, split 30 percent Italian, 30 percent French and 20 percent Spanish, with a smattering of labels from other nations.

Meanwhile, the food focus is “simple, healthy and fresh Italian”, he says, and adds that he fresh ingredients each morning. This looks like a good place to check out after the Chinese New Year holidays.

Bo is open Monday through Saturday, 10:30 AM to 10 PM, with lunch from noon to 2:30 PM. The address is CCD300, Apartment 7, Caochangdi. Due to limited seating, it’s best to make a reservation via 13811535714.

(Panorama photo is courtesy of NomNate while the food and venue photos are courtesy of Bo.)

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