Date registered: May 29, 2009
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Having been to Mix and Match a few times now, I would like to revisit my review of this place.I would now say that this is a promising restaurant and there is definitely a gap in the market for a small and friendly restaurant doing quality European food, but I think that at the moment the standard is pretty inconsistent. I have had dishes here I really thought were delicious, others that I thought were really so so, or poorly conceived. The chicken is tasty enough, though a bit heavy on the nutmeg, but I would only recommend as a shared dish, not as a main course, as it is too one dimensional and needs to be served with something else. It may have been presented as a tapas dish so that may be an unfair comment. On this note, the menu is both too small and too confusing. Really needs to be presented in a different format.The lasagna again does not work without a side dish or a salad along with it... But in fact there is no salad on the menu! We thought the lasagna had too much flour in the bechamel, and that the tomato sauce was not rich enough.A mojito suffered from the mint not being crushed, and was also not strong enough.The Mushroom and smoked salmon starters /tapas were very good.Brownie I have had twice, and the first time thought it was great, second time just so so...50 rmb for a plate of stir fried veg seemed excessive.So, I wish this place good luck, and have had a few very good eating experiences here, but it needs more consistency, a few more main course dishes, and would benefit greatly from more staff as it seems just too much for only two people to handle
I go here at least once a week when I don't feel like Chinese food but don't want to spend much. U can eat various curries for about 20 to 30 rmb including a small side of vegetables and usually with some free soup. In fact they recently introduced some mini set meals at around only 10 rmb!! The green tea and red bean dessert is good too and currently on promotion at a ridiculously cheap price of 3 yuan. The taste of the dishes sometimes changes, at times I feel the food is very tasty, but sometimes they seem a bit heavy handed with the spices and the flavours are not at all well balanced. Decor and ambience could be better, I find the service OK, the manageress is always friendly and smil, sometimes they forget to bring the soup or something, but not the end of the world. All in all, for the price I think this place is pretty good and deserves to be more popular. Worth checking out (on good days!) are the mince and broccoli curry, the THAI curry and the Myanmar curry.
I can't believe that I am the first person to review a café in Tongzilin that has been here for years. This place does easily the best Danish pastries I have had in Chengdu. Great Danishes by any standards, in fact, served in a mellow atmosphere, pretty high end decor. Really surprises me that this place doesn't have more business.
Was here last night. Great cocktail (we had a White Russian and an Absinthe, the White Russian was delicious. The interior was nice, more minimal than the average fancy Chinese place. But the music and clientele were straight out of the likes of Muse, very mainstream, cheesy pop and commercial dance music. If Muse did a lounge bar, this is what it would be like. Not my cup of tea... Also the 'buy one get one free deal' seems to have passed. Instead, when you buy a drink, you get one free small shot of mixed spirits...
I ate here a few years ago at a dinner organised by a couchsurfer. There were about 15 of us altogether and we were served a lot of dishes. The food here is super high end, exquisitely-presented Chuancai. Every dish was a work of art and the meal was a very memorable experience. I don't remember how much it cost, but somewhere in the region of 2-300 per person, a bit more than we expected due to the cost of that crazy expensive fresh Tsingdao beer that comes in those fancy metal flasks, but all-in-all well worth it, and probably my most memorable meal of my stay in Chengdu so far. Don't expect to leave stuffed though, as dishes are small and delicate. You might want to fill up on Baozi after, lol. Still, it is now easy enough to run up a bill of 200-something per person in pricier western joints like Mandolino, which represents far less of a gostronomic experience in my opinion, so...
I have watched gigs here and also performed here a few times. Yifang is a folk music bar, but different from others in the city in that it has a really first class sound system - hands down the best sound system in the Chengdu folk scene. However, the system is only used to full effect when the sound guy is brought in before ticketed gigs. On other nights, with free admission gigs, the staff may or may not do the sound well.The decor is interesting too - a minimal aesthetic but using warm tones, wood and brick, so that it looks both classy and earthy at the same time.
Drinks are reasonably enough priced. From what I remember a small Tsingdao is 15, not bad for a place which has clearly spent a lot of money on decor and which has table service.
Ate there yesterday. The burger was great (MUCH MUCH better than in most of the expat bars) and the British style thick chips went down well. Very good attentive service, and Gary the owner is indeed a very affable guy. The bar is not totally my cup of tea in terms of decor but plays great retro British music and I will definitely go here to eat regularly. Chengdu needs more places like this with good, fresh-tasting western food.
I really like this place. I'm not a veggie, but the food here is a refreshing change from most of the restaurants in Chengdu. Has nice big pictures for every dish I think, and also shows the spice-level of every dish. In warmer weather, the balcony outside is a really nice place to sit. I think you can also smoke there, though the inside is non smoking. The decor inside is tacky as hell - it's very clean but also very, very 'old ladyish', as another review mentions. Kind of like the Ke Hua branch of Peter's, but cheaper looking. Service is really excellent - attentive and polite in a way that comes across as very genuine. Would expect a bill of at least 40 a head. Not a fan of their non-alcoholic beer - it's full flavoured but has a strange sourness, and costs nearly 20 kuai per bottle.
It gives me great pleasure to write this thumbs down review of Del Mar in revenge for the number of times I have come away swearing I would never return. Why does this place get my heckles up? And why do I come back? OK, OK, one at a time. First, maybe it is the fact that every time I'm there they only seem to have one waiter. And that if you sit outside you almost always need to go inside to let them know that you have arrived, or to order anything else. The tables outside also don't have any condiments, or even napkins or toothpicks. Maybe it is the ridiculously small piece of butter served with the complimentary bread that gets my goat. Or the fact that said bread usually doesn't arrive for about 15 minutes. If it even arrives - today when I finally asked where the bread was, I was told they had none left. It might also be that the bread is not even tasty to begin with. Come to mention it, most of the food here isn't even that good either. Starters are tiny. Pasta is not cooked al dente. Risotto is OK. Most of the the other stuff is out of my usual price range. I don't mind paying for good food and good service, but given my experience with the cheaper items on the menu here, I'd rather go someplace else if I want to dine in style. The service is indeed reasonably friendly, but inept (no sugar brought with coffee, forgetting orders, bringing the wrong dish). And if you can't speak some Chinese you may have a hard time, as they speak very little English.
So why do I come back? I love the location. Sometimes if I fancy eating alone with a nice book and want to sit outside in a quiet, relaxed environment in Tongzilin, but can't face the stodge of Pete's Tex Mex, it seems like the perfect idea...alas, it never fails to disappoint.
Absolutely ranks among my favourite bars in Chengdu. A friendly, alternative, mostly Chinese crowd with just a few foreigners so you get to practise your Chinese; good music at just the right volume (Jah bar take note!), a decent-sounding guitar to jam on, lots of greenery, good coffee, 10 kuai beers, a few tables outside. And the bread is indeed very good...
I have had some amazing nights at the Jah bar. The jam sessions can be very good fun. The view over the river from outside is wonderful. The one problem is that the music from the bars next door forces the Jah to play its own music a bit too loud. And the acoustic guitar for jamming is a piece of crap...