Don’t let the narrow stairway fool you, just walk up the stairs at Cuillere de Cafe, and you’ll enter a whole new world, equipped with a garden patio where you can wind down and relax when the weather is nice. At this time of the year, however, the cozy inside is your best bet. The place is quite small but they make great use of the space with 4-5 tables, and a fully-outfitted coffee counter.
The fare entails a standard lineup of decently-portioned soups, salads, pastas, pizzas, and desserts. You can get a classic Caesar Salad or Pumpkin Soup for the same price (48RMB). Besides the light dishes, there are also some big plates like Grilled Lamb Chop (128RMB) and Fried Salmon (158RMB). The Seafood Spaghetti (88RMB) was pleasant with surprisingly vibrant and fresh seafood!
For this small cozy café, I was impressed with a long list of desserts including Walnut Chocolate Cookies (12RMB), Soufflé au Citron (32RMB), and Tiramisu (42RMB). The lightly browned Soufflé was not too puffy. It was moist and spongey. However for those who want a quick meal, you might not want to order the Soufflé as it takes about 20 minutes to prepare.
Cuillere de Café presents a cozy little refuge from the hustle and bustle of Shanghai. The inside area is homey and comfy, and the open-air patio gives you plenty of air and sun come springtime.
Cuillere de Café – 181 Yongkang Lu, near Xiangyang Nan Lu, Xuhui district (徐汇区永康路181号, 近襄阳南路). Tel: (021)-5466-9196. Hours: Open 5-9pm Monday, 10am-10pm Tue-Sun.
By Kate Tantita
Kate is a contributor for Shanghaiist food desk. Email tips, recommendations, and news updates to [email protected]!