Spring Restaurant at Centralwalk
A friend coaxed me into taking the Metro from Shekou to Central Walk for lunch> I haven’t done it by myself despite living in Shekou now for over 2 years. It was easy & pleasant (took 50 minutes from Peninsula Two) with easy to read maps and clean fast trains. It has literally opened up a new world for me and having lunch at the Spring was the high spot on a wonderful day.
The restaurant is stylish with green earthy tones that remind me of Europe, maybe a cafe in Paris combined with New Zealand…a fresh and inviting place pretty happening with folks and very comfy seats/booths.
We both ordered spring rolls, one order of fried the other not. The menu is very extensive, so many choices. These starters were both heavenly. I chose the chicken leg with rice main which was a little smaller than a huge American would like, but very tasty. Not a complaint just would order one more dish as the prices are very reasonable. My friend out-ordered me; getting the spicy pork & noodles which came in a huge portion, was juicy and was the star of the show. So far.
The wait-staff is super friendly and chic: wearing these cool brown hats with funky green & white outfits. It looked like something from the “sound of music”; I expected Julie Andrews to pop out and start singing at any moment. The whole crew chiming in harmony like the Von Trapp family. It was delightful. My American friend is studying Chinese and our waiter eagerly traded her Chinese for his english lessons. Really a fun and sweet experience with all the staff.
This would have been a very satisfying and complete lunch but the table beside of us was served a devilishly inviting banana crepe thingy with chocolate and we couldn’t say no. We combined that with a banana tapioca served hot in a cup, which we ended up ladling over our crepe, simply amazing flavours, just the fresh taste I expect from Vietnamese foods.
We also ordered a lemon/lime soda drink served with mint in a carafe which lasted for the entire meal. We were both very thirsty and ice water kept coming one after another, something I rarely get in China without a fuss. The service was quite outstanding.
We finished off with one black Vietnamese coffee and one white. They brought us a little cup of golden honey colored sweetener that made it outrageously good. I couldn’t eat another bite. The bill came which I found to be quite reasonable. I honestly could eat there every day and my friend assured me we could find more restaurants like this and we plan on trying them every week. So stay tuned. He definitely has a great palate and it is a pleasure to share my experience with you. Please give this place your business! You won’t be disappointed.