For today’s review, we’re happy to write about a real institution in Hangzhou - Myth Café. Starting back in 2002, at their original Gudun Road location, Myth Café has been serving customers a curious mix of food from all over the world. There are English and American breakfasts, Mexican quesadillas, Spanish tortilla de patatas and German sauerbraten, schnitzel and bratwurst. The reason for this mix of cuisines is that the owner, Zhang Wu, learned these international dishes from customers who showed him how to make food from their native land. For example, a German friend named Rainer taught Zhang Wu how to make bratwurst and to this day, those sausages are still made faithfully following that recipe and appear on the menu as “Rainer’s Bratwurst”. Myth Café’s German food even became so famous amongst Hangzhou’s German community that the German association began having their social gatherings there.
Zhang Wu still cooks every dish himself so that every customer will receive the same consistent quality. Take the Wiener Schnitzel (48RMB) for instance, we must have eaten his schnitzel more than 30 times and each time it comes out exactly the same - perfectly golden, crispy and pounded to the right thickness. Due to this care and attention for every dish, sometimes you may have to wait a little for your food, but good things are worth the wait. We start to recognize the sounds coming from the little kitchen and when we hear the unmistakable sounds of schnitzel pounding, we know that soon we will be enjoying a big plate of schnitzel, mashed potatoes and salad.
Myth Café’s all-day breakfast is an absolute legend and draws in customers from near and far. For a mere 35RMB, the Big American Breakfast has two eggs any style, bacon, toast, a large crispy potato hash brown that is more similar to a rosti and coffee/tea. The Great British Breakfast (53RMB) is the essential full fry up - fried egg, baked beans, tomato, mushrooms, bacon, sausage, toast and coffee/tea.
Recently, Zhang Wu has been working on new menu additions that will be ready starting May 1 and it features hand-made pasta used for ravioli, lasagna and fettucine.
We tried the Spinach Ricotta Ravioli (48RMB) stuffed with fresh spinach, ricotta and whole pine nuts and tossed in a simple tomato sauce. Very yummy.
We also had the Fish Tacos (48RMB), 3 soft corn tortillas piled high with a fresh tasty combination of pan-fried basa fish fillets, corn, red onions, cilantro and tomatoes dressed in sour cream.
These new dishes were very well received and other new items to try include Provencal Beef Stew, Sheppard’s Pie and more.
Walk into Myth on any given day and you’ll see a mix of Hangzhou old-timers (crusty old sorts that have been here longer than they can remember) as well as young students from nearby Yuquan campus. What brings people back time and time again are large portions of simple, wholesome food made from the heart and at student friendly prices too. I can’t think of anywhere else in Hangzhou where you can get this, but Myth Café.
Myth Café opens from 9:30am until usually 10pm. Myth is now located around the corner from Xixi Road, across from Yuquan campus. You will see a large sign above for UNeed Café and smaller green signage for Myth Café across the glass door.