After a month of eating nothing but Chinese food, I hit a wall that every laowai (or expat) living in China must hit–I simply could not stomach anymore Chinese food. The thought of another bowl of niu rou mian (beef noodle soup), or another plate of sheng jian bao (pan fried dumplings), or even my favorite Shanghainese dish hong shao rou (soy sauce braised pork), made me grimace.
But thankfully for me, there is an abundance of delicious and affordable Western restaurants and cafes in Shanghai, catering to the thousands of hungry and homesick expats living in the city. My favorite among them was Sunflour, located a few short clocks from my apartment on tree-lined Anfu Road.
Sunflour Cafe quite literally saved me from starvation, on that fateful day in Shanghai when I was lost amidst a sea of Chinese restaurants. After a few hours of wandering around the French Concession in search of an affordable, non-Chinese lunch option, I was about to give up and go home, when I turned the corner onto Anfu Road and discovered Sunflour. Immediately lured in by the smell of fresh baked bread and pastries, I decided to give their lunch menu a try and ordered the grilled chicken sandwich with tomato, rocket, avocado, and mayo on a baguette (50 RMB).
The sandwich was phenomenal. The baguette, baked in-house, had a crisp exterior and soft, airy interior that held up well under the moist grilled chicken. I loved the addition of tomatoes, avocado, and rocket arugula–a combination of fresh ingredients that one would certainly find in my home state of California. Accompanied by a lovely bean salad, Sunflour’s grilled chicken sandwich was a steal at 50 RMB (just under $8 USD), and was just what I needed to refuel after a long and hot summer day in Shanghai.
I couldn’t leave Sunflour without sampling one (or rather, all) of their delectable macarons. I split a gift box of macarons (50 RMB) with a friend, which included a lovely assortment of six macarons. My favorite flavor was the lemon, a refreshing end to a refreshing meal.
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