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PostSubject: JJ's Cafe in Crowne Plaza   Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:38 am

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PostSubject: Re: JJ's Cafe in Crowne Plaza   Tue Sep 20, 2011 3:25 pm

Is it any good?

I only went to have a look, once, not tried it. Quite deserted area at night.
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PostSubject: JJ Cafe at Crowne Plaza   Wed Oct 26, 2011 10:32 pm

Finally your friend and humble narrator managed to go to the Crown Plaza for dinner.

The guy who decided the location of the hotel ought to be fired. There are no taxis, ever, and there is no parking for bicycles, either (I parked my bike in the rear, protected by my trusted Kryptonite New York Legend monster-lock - if you ever see a Giant brand mountain bike in Changshu with a massive 8 kg chain of special hardened 500-Brinnel wear-steel with an intimidating thief-proof yellow lock, that's Yours Truly).

I went in, got seated, though tempted by the steak promotion I ordered buffet, along the lines of my original mission, and a glass of Austalian Barossa Valley Wolff Blass Riesling. Then I checked out the buffet. An Asian-oriented selection, including the everpresent sashimi and maki, an ample western selection, salads, appetizers, some cheese, a good selection of sweets and ice-cream.

The sashimi selection is not big, but adequate, and it included my beloved saba. The salads are cracking fresh, and the dressing is fresh and tasty as well, very good! And so is the rest of the prepared dishes, fresh, appetizing, well presented. At the counter you can order meats, cooked to your liking, there is freshly prepared noodle soup.

All dishes, with one exception (the potato salad), tasted very good. Food was also hot, not half cold as it happens so often on buffets.

A down-to-earth buffet, well presented and constantly being attended to. Almost unnoticeable, the manager was rotating everywhere to make sure all food presentation was in order at all times. Also ever-present was a chef, always at hand to explain the dishes.

And this is where JJ's really excels: Service. Unobtrusive and thoroughly efficient, absolutely delightful. This service you will be hard pressed to find in Shanghai, or anywhere else for that matter.

The bill came up to RMB 223 incl. RMB 65 for the wine, where I should mention that soft-drinks are available on the buffet, included in the base price.

An Arnold Schwarzenegger case: I'll be back!
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