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TBJ Award Haul!

TBJ Awards 2015

Fantastic Four (Awards)

This year we were stoked to receive not 1 but 4 nominations in The Beijinger’s annual Reader Restaurant Awards – our most nominations ever! And if we were stoked at the nominations, words simply cannot express how happy we are to have taken home four of them! It was an incredible haul across the board – especially in addition to the Pizza Cup trophy we managed to pick up last year.

It was especially gratifying to receive these awards in the areas we’ve been particularly focused on: delivery operations, food hygiene and safety, customer service and sustainability. It’s a great recognition of these efforts, and an amazing sign that we’re moving in the right direction. The team at Gung Ho! would like to thank everyone who took the time to vote in TBJ’s extremely comprehensive restaurant awards.

In the photo above we have from left to right: Lido Assistant Store Manager & Interim Green team Leader Lena (Outstanding Green Store), Training Supervisor and Restaurant Service Manager Clara (Outstanding Service), Finance and Ops Director Lucy (Outstanding Delivery) and Marketing Manager Rich (Outstanding Salads). What a good lookin’ bunch!


Lido Renovations

Lido Renovation

We launched our Lido store and Company HQ in 2011 – that’s nearly 4 years ago! And after the massive success of our new Sanlitun restaurant, we thought it was time to do a little work on Lido too. We’ve got big plans, we can’t wait to show you! But if you’ve been to our new Sanlitun dine-in restaurant, you’ll have a pretty good idea what we’re talking about, gourmet shares, piping hot pizza and ice-cold craft beer. Just in time for Beijing Summer.


We’re still open for delivery though, so if you feel hungry just give us a call at 5135 8557 or online at


TBJ: 5 Nominations!

Gung Ho! TBJ Awards 2015

The Beijinger Reader Restaurant Awards

We’ve been nominated for a record FIVE awards at this year’s Beijinger Reader Restaurant Awards: Best Salad, Best Wings, Best Delivery, Greenest Store and BEST SERVICE! We couldn’t be more proud.

We’ve had a pretty good run at these things, with 4 outstanding pizza nods in a row, culminating in our Pizza Cup win last year. This is our year to prove that we’re not just about pizza!

2011 – Outstanding Pizza
2012 – Outstanding Pizza, Outstanding Salads
2013 – Outstanding Pizza, Outstanding Service
2014 – Oustanding Pizza, Outstanding Delivery

The Beijinger is certainly one of the most complete awards brackets here, and one of the best ways to celebrate the ever-improving f&b scene in Beijing. Please vote when you get a chance!

Gung Ho! Girls

Gung Ho! Women's Day 2015

Gung Ho! Girls

As foreigners living in China, one of the things we like most about living here is the attitude towards gender equality in China’s workforce. Across Asia, China tops the field in terms of female representation at junior, middle as well as senior levels – which improved just under 15% from 2011 to 2015.

And we’re proud to be a part of the trend! Of our full-time crew, 42% are women. More importantly just over 40% of our leadership positions – including a third of our department heads – are occupied by women. Equal opportunity hiring is something we’re absolutely committed to at Gung Ho, but the way things are going in China it’s something everyone will need to get on board with!

Gung Ho Women’s Day

This Women’s Day, use the code GIRL POWER online at or on the phone (or swing by the store) and get 4 egg tarts free!

Happy Women’s Day!


Happy Chinese New Year!

Gung Ho! Chinese New Year 2015

As you all know, Spring Festival is a very important time for Chinese people all around the world. In particular, it’s a very important to our team, many of whom are working very far from their hometowns. For some of them Chinese New Year is their annual trip home to see their families. The map above shows the hometowns of our team. The closest are in Beijing (obviously), the furthest is in Kunming (Yunnan)  over a day’s train ride away!

We’ll be closing for the week, beginning Wednesday the 18th of February and opening again on the following Wednesday (February 25). From the Gung Ho! Pizza team, have a safe and happy Chinese New Year! Enjoy the fireworks! (Watch your fingers!)

The Gung Ho! Lonely Hearts Pizza

Happy Valentines Day

This Valentines Day, Gung Ho has prepared something very special… for the single people among us. Watch the video to learn more about our new Lonely Hearts Pizza. Available this Valentines Day.

And hey, you’re great.

If you lucky enough to be spending Valentines Day with someone special, don’t forget Gung Ho’s 4 course set dinner with free-flow wine and beer! Call 8587-1663 for reservations!


New Zealand Lamb Pizza

New Zealand Lamb Pizza

As a special Spring Festival treat we’re going to celebrate this Year of the Sheep the Chinese way – by eating it!
This exclusive new pizza features sweet grilled veggies, homemade Middle-eastern harissa spice paste and fresh mint tzatziki, with tender imported New Zealand lamb, slow-baked in our oven for 6 hours. Available for a limited time only so get on it!

Designed for Gung Ho! Pizza by the one and only Rob Cunningham, the incredibly talented (and irrepressible) head chef of Food by East, this pizza is a delicious mix of Kiwi, middle-eastern and Mediterranean flavours. Enjoy!

Rob Cunningham


At Gung Ho we’ve always prided ourselves on doing things a little differently. Whether that means thinking outside the box, looking at things from a different perspective or getting off the beaten track, we believe that it can make the world a better place. So this year we’d like to wish you and yours a happy, prosperous – and above all different – year of the Black Sheep.


Valentines Day Dinner

Gung Ho! Valentines!

Happy Valen-times!

Celebrate V-day Gung Ho style with a four course dinner at our new Sanlitun full service restaurant, with free flow wine, draft beer, cocktails, and sure, soft drinks too. It’s your day. Treat yo’ self! And your partner too of course…

Spaces limited so reserve now! Reservations available at 6:00pm and 8:30pm. Just call 8587-1663.

Love always, Gung Ho xxx


If you haven’t been to our new Sanlitun restaurant yet, this is your chance! It’s a charming cosy spot perfect for an intimate Valentines. And located between Sanlitun and Xingfuercun, it’s close enough to walk in heels. See you there x

The Gung Ho! Service Machine Pt. 2

The Gung Ho! Super Service Awards

And the award goes to…

At Gung Ho! Pizza, service is something we pride ourselves on. We like to think we’ve become pretty well known for it. We know that intimate service drives our brand; this is how we keep it rolling. Last week we talked about our culture of service and sharing stories. This week we’re going to tell you how we celebrate them.

Step 2: The Service Oscars

After sharing stories and establishing this Gung Ho culture of service, the next challenge is to keep developing this, and to make it self-sustaining. We do this through something called the Feichang Fuwu Awards, otherwise known as the Gung Ho Service Oscars.

What are the Service Oscars? Pretty much exactly what it sounds like! First of all we collect all the examples of Feichang Fuwu (Super Service) that we’ve shared throughout the year and a small committee chooses the best stories and places them in categories such as “Most Creative” or “Most Heart-Warming”. We then send these nominees out to our team who vote on the winners of each category.

Then we hire out a venue, find caterers, set up a stage, find hosts. We have the teams from each store prepare a performance (always entertaining!). We have award trophies made, and have members of our team dress up to present them. Last year we had a projector screen and showed videos of each nominee introducing themselves. The nominees are called up to the stage, the presenter takes out a card from the envelope and announces the winner.

And so on throughout the night until all the winners have been announced, as well as best stores and overall winners. Last year’s overall winner was Doreen, who won an incredible 4 awards. Her prize? An all-expenses paid trip for her parents to visit Beijing.

It’s an incredible night, and both celebrates the successes of the past year, and raises the bar for the next!

Celebrity hosts Dominic from Plastered 8 and Brand Nu's Nathan Zhang

Celebrity hosts Dominic from PLastered 8 and Brand Nu’s Nathan

Celebrating Success

There is nothing that takes the spring out of your step like the weight of a project plan extending endlessly into the horizon, especially for smaller companies working on shorter timelines. This is true at all levels of the company, but even more true for your front-line team who will only rarely have insight into strategic level planning. Of course the ongoing success of the company can be justified as a kind of reward in and of itself, but for junior staff this needs to be more impactful on a personal level. Celebrating success, i.e. correlating effort with result, is very important and should never be forgotten.