|10am - 2am|
|2/F, Raffles City Square, 3 Section 4th, South Renmin Rd.|
|028 6511 2599|
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Susan Johnson (more chengdu)|
We've been waiting for the Chengdu Raffles City development to open up forever, and the building does not disappoint. The three levels of office tower-surrounded plaza make an enjoyable space for people to relax, and we notice lots of visitors snapping photos of the space and of each other. The pools and fountains create just enough white noise to give a sense of distance from the city's busiest road just below, and during the day lots of commuters and families come to rest or play. Toward the evening we notice more couples on the benches, watching the lighted fountains.
Inside the shopping mall are lots of new retail and dining options to explore, including Keg King, which hosted MORE recently. Their bar is just beside the outside plaza, and a few tables are outside near the fountain, which makes one of the more appealing places in town to enjoy a cold one al fresco. Keg's drink menu has thirty kinds of beer on tap, with Belgium and Germany best represented and a helpful description of each beer in Chinese. Guests can order a small or a large mug. However, some of the beers we asked for were not available the night we visited. We made do nicely with a Stella, Hoegaarden, and a sweet, fruit-flavoured Liefmans that would go well with dessert.
The food menu features tacos and fajitas, kabobs, steaks, grilled fish and chicken, and bar snacks like chicken wings, calamari, and spicy shrimp. We appreciate the variety of grilled options and the all-you-can-eat salad bar. We saw their paella for two, aromatic with garlic and with a generous amount of seafood, going out to a few tables. The grilled chicken and salmon were served up nicely marked and fragrant from the grill and sided with Cajun-seasoned French fries. A singer took the stage at around eight. Dinner and drinks would run around 200RMB/head.