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No Cat French Desserts
11am - 10:30pm
16 - 12,Kuixinglou St., Qingyang District
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Susan Johnson (more chengdu)
The Alleys near Tonghuimen is one of Chengdu's top central tourist destinations, with many traditional restored buildings housing upscale restaurants, art displays, and souvenir shops. Too many visitors miss out on the cool neighborhoods nearby, however.

We were wandering around Kuixinglou Street just north of Xiao Tong Xiang recently, noting there a large coffee shop, a woodworking studio, an artistic flower shop, a wine store, and an antique furniture store, all nestled among the traditional small restaurants and tea houses that one would expect to find in a residential neighbourhood in Chengdu. We noticed a dessert cafe that was just about to open, called No Cat, and started chatting with the hostess, who invited us back after the place was up and running to sample some of the desserts.

The menu has English only on the first page, but the inside is well-illustrated with tempting pictures. They also use real butter and cream and good quality chocolate in their desserts. The molten chocolate lava cake, sided with real whipped cream, melted in our mouths. We also got a parfait with matcha cream, cornflakes, and whipped cream with cranberries in it. The chocolate layer cake was dense and had an admirably fudgy chocolate frosting.

Staff were still getting up to speed but the place is doing a lot of things right; the space is not large but every table feels private, the cat-themed decor is relaxing without being precious, and the rest room smells like cookies. The afternoon soundtrack was a relaxing blues mix that suited the room very well -- guzhen music would have been just as nice.

We like how the place serves up foreign desserts while managing to capture the peaceful atmosphere of a Chengdu afternoon, and feel completely organic in its location. Although they had been open only a few weeks, most of the tables were full -- on a weekday. Customers sharing a pot of tea and a few desserts can expect to pay around 50RMB per head.

No Cat French Desserts
No Cat French Desserts