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Café Z

Shangri-la Hotel, 9 Binjiang Dong Lu, Chengdu

Phone: (028) 88889999

The new standard for all-you-can-eat: 128 RMB lunch; 148 RMB dinner (188 on Fridays and weekends), which includes seafood; and 147 RMB breakfast starting at 6 a.m. While the "food theatres" offer a range of international cuisine, the reason to go are the Middle-eastern dishes.

RUNNER UP - "Best Western Restaurant" - CHENGDOO citylife Magazine Annual Readers' Poll 2010

WINNER - "Best Buffet" - CHENGDOO citylife Magazine Annual Readers' Poll 2007

  • coryg
    December 16, 2012
    I had to write a review on here as I feel that cafe z is a bit under rated. Obviously this is not the cheapest restaurant to eat at in Chengdu nor is it the most expensive. My wife and I go here on a regular basis and we both agree that the service is by far the best in Chengdu. The managers are extremely diligent and will go out of their way to cater to your needs. You can order off of the menu and expect to pay between 40-80 RMB per person without a drink. We always get the lunch buffet which costs about 150 RMB per person. If you venture around Chengdu and look at the other 5 star hotels, the buffet at cafe z definitely has the best value. The selection is a mix of Western and Asian tastes so it is a bit more balanced. I've personally found that the other 5 star hotels are too Cantonese and are a bit too rich on the meat side. That usually includes all kinds of crabs, shrimps, whole pigs (like Hawaiian), strange Cantonese organ meats, etc. The Shangra La also has some of these items at Cafe Z but they also have a full salad bar, sushi section, middle eastern section (kabobs, hummus, babbaghanoush (did I spell that right?), etc.), seafood section, high end Sichuan food, Indian food section, Dim sum bar and a noodle bar. I think they still may have pizza although you would have to ask. We know some of the staff at cafe z and they have informed us that they actually don't make that much money at cafe z since the restaurant is there to cater to the guests. Most of the vegetables are organic and imported from all over China, the seafood actually costs a lot for the restaurant to purchase and a lot of the items are imported from overseas. I look at this from an American viewpoint as this buffet would compete with some of the hotels in Las Vegas. 150 RMB is roughly $24-25.00 so I definitely think you get a lot for how much you pay. This also includes coffee and tea so if you add up how much everything that your consuming actually costs, you definitely get your money's worth. BTW the Shangra La's buffet in Hong Kong is 4-5x as expensive and the selection is totally different. If this buffet was offered in any tier 1 city, it would definitely cost at LEAST 2x as much. Thanks for taking the time to read this review.
  • Timothy
    August 13, 2011
    Three and a half stars for the good (but not great) Cafe Z. Note, I've only had breakfast here and never tried their lunch or dinner. The breakfast's best feature is the made to order omelettes. You just tell the omelette chef what you want in the omelette by pointing to the various ingredients on display. I believe you can get an egg white omelette if you are so inclined. Also good is the fresh European bread which is located next to the large toaster. Some of this bread is very dark colored and is good for a change. I like to toast it once or twice and have it with butter. Unfortunately, Cafe Z is lacking in what I consider to be the basics of a good buffet: decent french toast, waffles and pancakes. The french toast here does not taste very fresh and there is a layer of strawberry jelly on the inside which I don't like. The pancakes aren't very good either and there are no waffles. There used to be this amazing thick and sweet green sauce for the french toast and pancakes - I had never had this sauce before anywhere else. Unfortunately, they no longer have it (why?).
  • jinjiang
    August 9, 2011
    We ate the lunch buffet and the food was not tasty at all; incredibly bland. Neither I nor my gf could find a single dish that we would describe as tasty (even the cantonese food here is bland). At the end of last year we noticed the food quality slipping and gave it a rest...8 months later and even worse (maybe that hotel rotates their chefs every so often...?).
  • negitoro
    December 13, 2010
    Went there for a weeknight dinner buffet.

    Variety of food was fantastic - Japanese, Chinese, noodles, Western, meats, salads, Indian, pizza etc. So it's definitely quite impressive. Quality of food was above average but not spectacular, especially at the price. Desserts were a highlight. There's definitely better buffet and all-you-can-eat values in Chengdu.

    Service was great and attentive although not without quirks (my red wine was served chilled).

    Biggest complaint was that stations stopped producing food quite early (~8pm). So a lot of food was left out and/or cold. Some stations like the roast meat station had next to nothing left (one slice of cold meat off a bone).

  • 6sheepsheep
    January 29, 2010
    I have been several times. I had breakfast there twice and once had lunch. It 's great. I don't remember the themes but they were great. I love the chocolate fountain. I had never seen one before and I could spend hours just watching it but the strawberries drew me in and I went back many times. The desserts are great. Lots of different cakes and nuts and almost anything you could ask for. The staff could speak English with even some Native chefs walking around. On a side note the bathrooms are outside the restaurant but wow they are fancy. Clean and shiny and almost always empty.
  • pepper
    January 21, 2010
    A great buffet, but not the greatest value. At lunch the sushi looked pretty bad and the dim sum station had chicken feet but no shrimp dumplings (which appear at night). The desserts are outstanding.
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