Qingzhiwu seems to be a part of town that just won’t stop getting better, full of little gems that often feel like a getaway from Hangzhou. The latest addition to the new southern area is 59 Bar and Restaurant, so aptly named after it’s street number. Much of what they have to offer may sound familiar, reasonably priced food and drinks, comfortable seating, and music straight from the charts, but what sets them apart is that you get all this in a cosier and more intimate setting. Spread out across two small floors, the space is bright and gets a tonne of a sunlight during the day, making it a great spot for a quick lunch or coffee.
We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food at 59, although with a small menu and standard dishes you’ll find at most western restaurants here, we enjoyed most of what was on offer, and everything was made with fresh ingredients. We started with Black Vinegar Pepper Prawns (58RMB) and a Caesar Salad (35RMB). The prawns were cooked Mediterranean style and seasoned just right, although we found the portion size a bit small. They went for a straightforward approach with the Caesar Salad, fresh leaves, crispy bacon pieces, and a classic Caesar sauce.
As for our main course, we had the Australian Roast Veal Steak (108RMB), Spaghetti (35RMB), and Beef Pizza (58RMB). The steak came to us well-done, not my usual preference, but was still tender enough that I enjoyed the flavour of the meat; the garlic mashed potatoes served alongside were a nice addition. The Spaghetti was for us the best of the bunch, especially at that price point, the sauce was full of flavour and the portion size was enough alone to fill us up. We finished up with a Tiramisu (28RMB) for dessert.
After 8pm they switch over to the drinks menu, and this is where 59 really shines. We tried two different cocktails, both of which didn’t disappoint. We started with the classic scotch based Blood and Sand (65RMB), a refreshing cocktail with a lasting orange taste; and followed it by a Zombie (65RMB), we found it to be a stronger and fruiter variation, which was more to our liking. 59 also boasts a surprising whiskey collection including a few of my favourites. Be sure to check out their daily discounts and happy hour deals. Parking available. Smoking permitted.