Date registered: April 16, 2009
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I have mixed feelings about this place. On the one hand, they offer some of the best baked goods in Chengdu at extremely low prices (RMB8 for brownies, slice of chocolate cake, and I think even less for donuts and cookies). So for a quick dessert that'll definitely leave you feeling that you got good value, both taste-wise and size-wise, for your money, I think it's a great place.
Their selection of drink mixes, baking mixes and ingredients, and ready-to-eat stuff like granola and bagels is both quite extensive and very reasonably priced.
I haven't tried any of their breakfast or lunch offerings, and part of that is probably due to the fact that despite its large space, it's not a very cozy hangout. During mealtimes it's chaotic with what seems like lots and lots of small children running around and screaming, and other times, something about the layout or furniture arrangement or decor makes it seem kind of cold.
Service is not the speediest, and the hot drinks are a little disappointing -- watery and served lukewarm -- but, hey, they are indeed inexpensive and certainly not the worst in town.
The last time I went here I ordered the two tacos that used to be 18kuai and then were 26kuai and now might be even more expensive I heard. Anyway I asked them to substitute refried beans for the chicken or steak. When it arrived not only was the whole thing cold but also in my first bite there were a few shreds of chicken. I thought they had messed up my order so I dug further. I didn't find any more chicken but I found stray clumps of mashed potato! As if somebody had dropped the beans somewhere they shouldn't have been ... I didn't want to know what was going on in that kitchen. Anyway, not impressed.
Normally I would prefer to support the independent store over the chain stores but Sabrina's has failed me enough times that now I'd rather go to Metro or Auchan or even--horror of horrors--Carrefour to buy my imported goods. Selling expired cheese and tinned foods, mozzarella that's being sold as emmentaller, higher prices, mislabeled stuff ... and the cashiers act like they're doing you all kinds of favors by ringing up your stuff. And you have to pay for boxes if you buy a slice of their cake or pie.
I used to go here regularly but the last two or three times I've been I was really disappointed in the quality of the food. It just seems the chef is not taking care and some of the dishes were so sloppily put together I didn't really want to eat them even. It's too bad because of all the vegetarian restaurants in Chengdu this one has by far the best location for me.
Really nasty! Huge interior but for some reason totally unappetizing. Menu looks OK, prices look low, but when you order ... you probably won't be impressed. Wannabe Peter's but without any of the elements that makes Tex Mex such a hit.