Have you ever dreamed of owning a restaurant? If so, the effort of the two ladies who run Sugar and Spice deserves your respect. These hard-working dames have built a colorful eatery mainly catering to the nearby community – not office workers looking for lunch – tucked inside an old office building.
Stepping into the space, the bookshelf catches our attention. Though there are only about a dozen books, Sugar and Spice is a haven for those looking for somewhere new to sit and read. The best way to start your visit is to hand over an old novel, earning you a free a cup of any of the coffees on the menu or a 10 percent discount on your entire order – a special Sugar and Spice will be running until the end of the year.
Outside seating is available, the tables decorated with adorable purple flowers. Unfortunately, there’s also an unobstructed view of a parking lot. We’d rather sit on a couch inside.
Before pigging out on the creative Western fusion dishes, order a cool drink. The elderflower and cucumber soda (RMB28) uses elderflower syrup to give a sweet floral highlight to the refreshing drink.
There are several noteworthy dishes to experiment with, including the textured mushroom risotto with black truffle (RMB48) and the creative quesadilla (RMB48), which includes homemade salsa – possibly Sugar and Spice’s crowning achievement. The dishes forgo flowery presentation but taste as good as better-looking plates on offer elsewhere.
Original to the restaurant is the Sichuan spicy sausage pizza (RMB68), but in the unabated heat we are more inclined toward the avocado and mango with shrimp salad (RMB68). It’s the kind of cooling, refreshing fare that encapsulates the essence of Southeast Asian summer eats.
Who’s going: finishing a book, cooling off with fresh drinks, daydreaming
Good for: people who prefer hidden places, creative dish buffs
[Images via Daniel MH Chun]