Nestled in a small corner a stone's throw away from Paradise Walk in Jiangbei, is one of our favorite new finds. EKA速饮, an attractive little cafe offering an independant alternative to the less modestly priced Lavazza's and Starbuckses found nearby.
I first came across EKA, slightly drunk and cotton mouthed from an herbal cigarette, craving the sweet refreshment of an ice cold milk tea. Not knowing any better, I stepped up to the walk-up window of what I figured to be your run of the mill bubble tea joint. Upon my first sip, I realized that was not the case. Though priced slightly higher than the Jack Huts of the world(¥12 - ¥14 for milktea), you can immediately tell that that extra RMB is going to superior ingredients.
As memorably satisfied as I was that evening, I made it a point to return to EKA to further explore their menu, and was pleasantly suprised on my next visit. This time around it was in the morning so coffee was in order, and for a broke-ass, no-income person as myself, I couldn't be happier to find a 9 kuai Americano on their menu. Not only that, but they have free wi-fi, decent music, and a simple, modern design oft under appreciated in the world of name-brand cafes. And if you happen to live in the area, they deliver! For no charge, and no minimum order. There's nothing quite like waking up at your coffee maker-less girlfriend's house and having an iced latte delivered to your door for ¥15.
EKA速饮 is located in Jiangbei, guanyinqiao, roughly 50 meters from the Paradise Walk taxi stand, across the street from the side entrance of the Starlight 68 building.
I'd been hearing about Amigo's Mexican restaurant in Jiangbei for a while now, so a few days ago, when a craving for mexican food struck me, I decided it was time to pull the trigger and give it a try. Having never been there before, I asked a friend where it was located and was told that it was on the "5th or 6th floor" of the Imix building in Guanyinqiao. Easy enough I thought, but how In was mistaken. As I searched the 5th and 6th floors of Imix Park, I came across a number of dining establishments, none of them however was Amigos.
Though I must say, my efforts did not go unrewarded, as whilst on my search I came across a familiar face. A face I have seen plenty of times in my travels to Chengdu over the years. The face of Grandma. Or shall I say Grandma's Kitchen.
Located on the 5th(or 6th) floor of Imix Park, Grandmas has opened up shop serving a variety of fairly well prepared, yet decently priced western food. The menu includes everything form steak to pizza, burgers, sandwiches, buffalo wings, and even a selection of Mexican dishes.
Wanting to sample a couple of items, I went with the Montana BBQ burger and an order of burritos to satisfy my craving for mexican, Both ringing in at just under ¥50.
The burger, topped with bacon, cheese and barbecue sauce was both large as well as delicious and was accompanied by some OK crinkle cut french fries.
The burritos, an order of 2, come in either chicken or beef(I had the Chicken), and come with sour cream and a side of beans and rice. The burritos were also quite good, though the minuscule portions of beans and rice were an embarrassment. Good, not great, Gramma's is a welcome addition to the growing number of Chongqing's Western food restaurants.