It was with great anticipation that we finally got to go and try the food at Eudora Station. We’d seen the place go from a dingy and dark, overpriced café to become one of the nicest places in town. It sits just next to the temple after the Art Academy and Thomas, the designer, really took advantage of the surroundings by opening up the whole south facing wall, and when the weather’s nice the view is comparable to the balcony at the Shangri-La. Okay, it’s not that good, but it’s close. And we could all use a lesson or two when it comes to interior design and here is where that lesson is given with its indirect lighting, friendly wall colors, well-selected art, ceiling fans, and broad, wood-planked floors. This is the spot that the now closed Paradise Restaurant always wanted to be. And then there’s the food, which is prepared in an immaculate open-for-everyone-to-see kitchen. On about the fifth time we went there last month an accompanying guest mentioned how he would hire a chef to be his lab assistant if he needed a job. He was that clean and meticulous.
On our first visit we had the Steak Sandwich (53RMB) which was quite respectable and served on home-made Panini bread with freshly cut fries. On our second visit we had the delicious Caesar Chicken Sandwich (39RMB), and the Garlic Chicken Laffa Wrap (39RMB), which were as big as a child’s forearm. Needless to say, we had to take some home in a doggy bag. The Calamari (39RMB) is breaded in a not so typical style served with two nice sauces, and the draught Tiger beer runs a reasonable 25RMB/pint. Look for happy hours in our event section. Overall, we’ve sent quite a few picky eaters over there, and we’ve yet to hear a single complaint. One actually said that he thought it was the best Cheeseburger (55RMB) he had eaten in town. With over five years of history in their first Beijing operation, it looks like Eudora might take over the continental food market in Hangzhou. It’s certainly about time.