Our Binjiang bretheren across the river are starting to build a nice little dining environment for themselves. Previously we've brought you Superchef and LA Café, this month we’d like to point you to another nice little place in the Binjiang West End.
Called Lucerne Café, it’s been around for a while, but since October last year it’s been run by a young Chinese lady, Rebecca. Her English is great and the changes she has made to the café to open it up and make it more inviting from outside are also reflected in the big smile she always gives when you drop by.
Located at the far end of the Yi Tian Guang Chang complex, it has a small, decked, outside area that backs onto well-tended gardens - ok, they are repairing the road just outside at the moment, but once nestled in the café on the sofas or armchairs, you quickly forget the world going past outside.
We’ve been there a few times now and the food has been good and consistent. The full English menu covers pizzas, burgers, pastas, sandwiches, salads, snacks and more. Prices slot between Superchef and the newly opened Angelo’s with little extras like a range of sauces (BBQ, Smokey BBQ, Chili, etc) for your burger or pizza making a nice change. For the more health conscious, the range of salads, notably the Cobb and Caesar salads, come well-presented and well recommended.
The service can be a little slow at busy times, but nothing about Lucerne Café is for people who are in a rush, rather it provides a very relaxed, comfortable, atmosphere. With special deals throughout the day (3 course set menu lunch, 98RMB and afternoon tea x RMB) it’s the daily 2-for-1 on drinks happy hour (7pm-9pm) that should really appeal to locals.
With prices like that, it makes great sense to make the most of the nice weather we are having, go sit outside, have a few drinks, and get some good Western comfort food.
A quick break down on what we have had to get your appetite whetted and your wallet none too disappointed; Meat Lovers Pizza (Large 89RMB, Medium 45RMB), Oven Baked Sausages (32RMB), Classic Burger (48RMB ), Baked Seafood Rice (42RMB), Spring Rolls (19RMB), Chicken Tenders (26RMB), Potato Wedges (22RMB), Cobb Salad (42RMB), England Beef Stew (45RMB ), Café Latte (22RMB ), Heineken (20RMB), Corona (26RMB).
Free delivery within 2km.