Written by Becca and Wayner Edens
Relative new kids on the block, Le’ Ban is a new western style chic café based near the south gate within the business buildings of the Modern Capital mall, who house top brands such as Gucci, Prada et al. The Yong Ning Men metro stop is directly opposite, so getting here is a synch! Le’ Ban is not singularly a café, coffee shop, restaurant or bakery, yet it is actually all four rolled into one.
We met with Rita, the Manageress of Le’ Ban who showed us around the place and invited us to try some of their delicious foods and beer. She presented us with their menu, which consisted of Breakfast selections, Set Meal selections, Pastas, Kids meals, Sandwiches and hamburgers, Asian style foods, which included Vietnamese, Japanese and Thai choices, Salads, Spinach Wraps & Soups. Oh, and of course my favourite…the dessert menu!!
We decided to stick with the western selections and at Rita’s recommendation I plumped for the Le’ Ban Hamburger whilst Becca chose the Caesar Salad & Bolognase and Spinach Pasta. Served with some thick delicious potato wedges my burger was fresh and cooked to perfection…and minus any tomato, ‘cos I hate those things!! As for Becca, she delighted in the presentation and the contents of both, particularly the Caesar Salad as unlike others, this was laced with a few surprises, including egg, pine nuts and real garlic croutons! Portion sizes are very generous too. Onto the dessert, we both shared a huge slice of indulgent chocolate cake with cream as our tummies were bursting! A very wise choice, but for Becca very difficult as the array of desserts on offer was mouthwatering!
Drinks wise they have a good selection of coffees, juices, smoothies and of course, beers. No spirits though, which for me was a little disappointing. However, we both went for their wheat beer, which is brewed locally at the Near Wall Bar, and it was great! Alongside those you can choose from a variety of bar snacks, like the potato wedges, prawn skewers, lemongrass chicken to name a few.
Le’Ban is a cool, place to frequent. It’s clean, child friendly and they have a viewing window into the kitchen where we could see hair nets being worn and the cleanliness was apparent. They open between the hours of 8am and 11pm and offer their wares at ½ price between
8-10am. After 9pm the bread, freshly baked at their partner bakery, is half price too. They also offer membership where you can enjoy a 10% discount as a member for 1000RMB.
Pros: Great atmosphere, great food. And they have a hand sanitizer at the front door!
Cons: Quite pricey and Closes at 11, which doesn’t give us much time for us After School Teachers.
Average Price per person/人均消费: 50RMB
Address /地址: G/F Block B, Chang’an Metropolis Center, No.88 Nanguan Zheng Street Beilin Disbrict ( 碑林区南关正街88号长安国际广场B座G层 )
Tel /电话: 029-8765 1617
Hours /时间: 9:00am-11:00pm