Sunday, September 13, 2009

Parrot Cafe

Vietnamese food is one of the things foreigners miss most when we come to Chengdu. In fact, I've never found it before coming to the Parrot Cafe, just south of the Great World Carrefour. The menu tends more towards pan-Asian, but they do serve Vietnamese coffee, spring rolls, and summer rolls.

A Vietnamese coffee brewing, slowly dripping into the super-sweet condensed milk at the bottom of the glass:


The Vietnamese 'fish net' spring rolls (越南鱼网春卷) were nice and crunchy and had a filling that was a little soft but tasted pretty authentic: mushroom, pork, a little shrimp, bean threads. It had been so long since I tasted fish sauce, I could have drunk it.



Much is made of the birdcage-themed decor and ambiance here, but the effect is less than the sum of its parts. They had a clarinet player performing, accompanied by a backing soundtrack. It was a little tough to get the servers' attention but they were very nice and helpful once flagged down.

Cinderella's coach outside:

Location: on Xin Guang Road, south of the Great World Carrefour

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