Susan Johnson (more chengdu)|
Local bakeries turn out interesting versions of many of our favourite carbs, but bagels are usually absent. So we were pretty excited to visit Bingo Bagel, which is just opposite the Blue Peninsula commuinty a short walk from the north side of Jiuyan Qiao. Bingo Bagel is a combination of a bagel shop and Taiwanese tea shop. The interior has an open baking area that turns out the specialty of the house as well as treats like egg tarts and cookies. The menu has typical Taiwanese drinks such as milk tea, shaved ices, slushes, and fresh fruit juices, as well as freshly brewed coffee and flavored teas. We stopped in during the afternoon, unfortunately too late for the morning 10RMB Americano special. There were a few other customers in the café enjoying the cold drinks and shaved ice offerings, but our mission was to try their house-made bagels.
There were plain and cranberry flavored bagels available the day of our visit. We sampled the cranberry bagel with cream cheese on top, which was a fantastic combination. The bagels were obviously fresh and properly chewy. The staff, who have no problem conversing in English, take good care of the customers and keep the place spotless. The interior is small, but doesn't feel crowded and is a good place to catch up with a friend or spend some time with your computer or homework. Smokers need to light up outside. We also picked up a few plain bagels on our way out, intending to freeze them, but the housemates devoured them first. Plain bagels are 3.5RMB each, flavored ones are 4.5RMB. Juices, slushes, and shaved ice treats are between 15 and 20RMB.