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Prior to this whole quarantine ordeal, you could normally catch me at a fast-casual restaurant a few times a week. From Panera Bread and Cosi to Dos Toros and Chipotle, I’m always in the mood for a quick and tasty meal that won’t break the bank. Living in NYC, that is usually hard to come find. However, I’ve never seen the fast-casual concept come to life for Chinese cuisine until I discovered Junzi Kitchen.
What Is Junzi Kitchen?
Junzi Kitchen, derived from what Chinese philosophy calls pursuit, is dedicated to creating the best authentic Chinese food using healthy and seasonal ingredients. Not only does Junzi Kitchen pride themselves on great food, but on their ability to foster a sense of community where bings and noodles can be enjoyed by everyone.
Chef Lucas Sin, former Yale graduate, is one of the many masterminds behind Junzi Kitchen who spearheads the After Hours
Among all the adaptations restaurants will undergo when eased lockdown regulations finally allow businesses to open on July 4 (providing various conditions are met), one can’t help but wonder – what will happen to restaurant menus?
Not the physical menus – many restaurants have already laid out their plans to hand out disposable menus or send digital copies to diners prior to their visit – but those concepts fuelled by our penchant for help-yourself tapas, ‘small plates’, feasting platters and communal tables. Love them or hate them, such menus that promote a relaxed, casual style of dining have taken over from the classic service à la russe, or ‘Russian’ service, whereby dishes pre-plated into individual portions are delivered to the table sequentially. They are offered everywhere from slick city restaurants to familiar pub chains – and, of course, in the traditional Spanish, Turkish, Greek
Restaurants and the hospitality industry have been hit hard by lockdown measures, and many have introduced delivery services to help them survive.
Let’s face it, we’re all getting tired of our own cooking after countless weeks into being stuck at home, and a takeaway satisfies our cravings for flavoursome food from our favourite eateries.
Some, such a Patty & Bun and Pizza Pilgrims, have created DIY kits to allow you to recreate dishes in your kitchen.
However, if you’re feeling lazy or simply looking for a fine dining experience from a more upmarket restaurant, many have now started doing food delivery or collection. You may have even planned to visit before lockdown scuppered your plans, so now is your chance to enjoy it from home.