Date registered: August 16, 2009
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Went to the 2 for one deal on opening night ordered a fruit beer, followed by an Chengdu Craft IPA and finally a Vedett brand beer. The fruit beer had ice in it and as a result was pretty much tasteless, the IPA was (very) off and the Vedett was pissy but passable but far from the Vedett I've tried in the past. I've only been to a 'beer nest' this once and I'm willing to believe it was just a bad night but if this is the normal standard I shan't be coming back.
4.5 Stars would be more accurate because at present they only offer a set meal, which is delicious and well priced, but a menu is needed once customers find out what they like. The ambiance is quite nice and could become a spot for a quiet drink with the outside area.
Apparently the most authentic Indian restaurant in town. If authentic means tasteless and overpriced then this has authenticity in abundance.
We ate a set meal for two. This included the tandoori chicken, fish, chicken curry, pilau rice and a single small nan. Only one nan. A set meal for two with only one nan. That makes little sense to me.
The service is passable albeit functional. I don't really mind bad service so long as the food is delicious, but I noted that no glass of water or tea was offered upon arrival.
The entree consisted of a too sweet but potable soup and a plate of diced carrot, cucumber and turnip. The diced vegetables looked like they had been left out on the counter for a week and were covered in black specks of dirt and browning at the corners.
We instinctively ignored these starters in expectation of a lovely portion of chicken. When it arrived my heart fell. The portion was SO small, about a mouthful of chicken. It was chewy and tasted fairly bland. The single small fish I received was tasty but not enough to feed all but the very smallest of mammals.
The most embarrassing dish was the chicken curry. 'Mild' is one word to describe the taste, 'Shit' is far more accurate adjective. Again the chicken was uncommonly chewy. The tablespoon of rice pudding at the end was pleasant enough but couldn't salvage a disappointing meal.
We had bought a set meal off the internet for 100kuai at a discount from 400kuai. I felt that I had been ripped off even with the discount.
I simply cannot believe they charge 400kuai for a meal as poor as this. I have to assume they served us a cheap approximation of what the 400kuai actual buys. If this is the case then the proprietors are not only inept but also dishonest and idiotic. Surely a discount offer is designed to drum up business not drive it away?
And they only gave us one nan.
Don't eat here.
I think there might be a few Chen Mapo Doufu places knocking around but the one I went to is on Yulong West Street (西玉龙街). The service wasn't great. They didn't inform us that they had no aubergine left until well after we had finished all our other dishes and had hassled the waiting staff several times for aubergine dish we had ordered.
That aside the meal was very nice and at a very reasonable prices. The mapo doufu unsurprisingly was a highlight. Recommend.
This bar is actually OK and might be a good choice for older parenty types. Sometimes there are bands too that recklessly covering Coldplay etc... with gay abandon. Food is American dross found at most places and is good enough. Pool table. Suffers from the orangeness thing a little like Hooters. On the plus side there is plenty of seating.
Lacks personality for an expat bar. You may as well go to any Chinese bar. Saying that, I've had a couple of OK nights in this place. The music played is bland middle of the road dance music. The type that indicates to people who have stinky ears that they are currently having fun like some sort of fun-reminding klaxon. Occasionally some half decent hip hop is played too. Attracts girls due to the sparkling glittery glossiness and gender biased drink promotions.
A nice bar set up by design students apparently; you can really tell this by the decor. Odd and amusing. The seating is comfortable and great for a mid week drink type of situation. Drink prices are reasonable (Beer Lao 20kuai) and has some outside seating. Bar staff are usually really nice although last time I went I really wanted to beat one of them with a spiked club for being a knob. However, I still recommend this bar.
Really friendly staff and good service (despite the frequent screw ups with the orders) , but that's kind of expected in a place that is normally empty. Food in a passable American dross, slightly inferior to Pete's Tex Mex. Burger is a good bet. Remember a double cheese burger means two slices of cheese not meat.
Personally I don't like this pub that much. Probably the closest thing to a UK chain pub so I find it a little soulless inside. However, it is an excellent sports bar, has the best pool table in town and the food is a sturdy fair to say the least. Sitting in the beer garden is the best spot to be and I have had a couple of good nights here. Tends to attract older expats and knob-heads that won't shut up about Hongkong etc...
This used to be a great music bar with a predominantly local crowd. Unfortunately, the bars either side play their idiotic tunes so loud that the Jah bar has to play their own excellent music really loud. Conversing is difficult. In lieu of speaking hippy drum circles have lighted like leprosy. If staring blankly and randomly beating a drum is your cup of tea then come here. If not then get here early and get a seat outside where you can chat in relative peace and quiet and still enjoy one of the better drinking holes in Chengdu.
A small friendly bar, a little bit out the way if your living in south Chengdu. Consider this place a great weekday night drinking place and I would frequent the place if it was 15 minutes closer to where I live. The place seems empty sometimes but often, all of a sudden, loads of people will turn up. Food is good.