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Baker & Spice
1345, Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li Chengdu, 8 Central Shamao St.
8652 3176

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Susan Johnson (more chengdu)
We were going in circles around Taikoo Li for a while before finding our destination, a newly opened cafe and restaurant called Baker & Spice (in the East Plaza corner near Zara). The inviting room is a good place to settle down with a cup of fresh ground coffee and a baked treat. The first morning we visited, the pastry case held a mix of European style sweets, from which we selected a rich almond cake with chunks of fruit that hit the spot with their Americano. We took home a loaf of their house made sourdough bread (labelled Pain au Levain in the display), which makes fantastic croutons with a great open crumb. Their house special Carrot Cake is dark and flavourful and topped with a simple cream cheese icing.

We dropped in later to chat with the Store Manager, Daisy, and sampled the breakfast. The Omelet was filled with quality ham and asparagus and sided with some of their house made bread. There was a nice tall Quiche in the display that was partnered with a bright vegetable salad and a tangy dressing. The Lemon Tart had a sable type crust under a tart lemon curd base with a pile of bronzed meringue on top, a dressed up version that still hit all the right comfort food notes. The Caramel Éclair topped with candied nuts was a sweet indulgence. They do an afternoon tea special with a drink and a sweet for 38RMB, which is a good opportunity to come and sample their cakes and other sweets.

The menu also offers big salads and bowls of house made pastas. We sampled an order of Penne with a Creamy Vegetable Sauce which felt very retro with the sun dried tomatoes in the sauce. Their shop also offers bottles of imported wine and their house roasted coffee beans for sale. We are glad to find a good breakfast option in the area that opens early enough to grab something before work. Breakfast and lunch 60-90RMB per person; drinks and cakes 20-30RMB.

Baker & Spice
Baker & Spice