Our review about thier mid-eastern food:
No.9 has been around for some time now, offering western food, homemade cakes, as well as a night spot to grab a drink. However, unbeknown to most, No.9 has been serving a selection of Middle Eastern delights for over a year now. We were invited along to sample some of what they had to offer on their newer menu, available every evening from 5pm.
The term ‘Middle Eastern’ does loosely coin the choice of dishes available here, and rather than having a huge list that would leave some overwhelmed, it’s sort of a ‘best of’ selection and will therefore more than likely feature some of your favourites. Most could also be regarded as finger food too and makes sharing with a group of friends that much easier.
Perhaps best representing this, we began with some of their homemade Hummus (20RMB), which had a smooth consistency and great flavour, and the more substantial Chicken Arayes (28RMB), pita stuffed with diced chicken and cheese cut into slices.
The Fattoush Salad (23RMB) was certainly worth trying – deep fried pieces of pita bread on a garden salad with an almost sweet vinaigrette dressing. The Shawarma Plate (45RMB) is one of their more popular dishes, a wrap with chicken and mayonnaise complete with spicy and mild dipping sauces.
For fans, the Falafel Plate (23RMB) and Kebab (48RMB) had excellent flavour and came with side dips and pita for dipping or for wrapping. The ‘Arabic Pizza’(Beef 42RMB) had no cheese and was more of a thin piece of dough topped with meat, parsley and other spices.
Most of No.9’s Middle Eastern menu is quite simple: some meat, some bread with something to dip it in, or a nicely spiced falafel or kebab or a hearty salad. In an age where we are surrounded by fusion, it is refreshing to see straightforward food done right and a very reasonable price tag makes it that much better.
Continuing the theme, Shisha is available for 40RMB, or for 10RMB more you can enjoy a smoke while enjoying a pot of their Arabic tea.
No.9 is located on Yugu Road next to Amigos. Smoking on the second floor. Parking nearby.
Our review about their Western food:
Every heard the song Love Potion Number 9? Might be a stretch since the song isn’t exactly a pop hit these days. Still this song might worm into your head upon visiting No. 9 Restaurant on Yugu Road, across from Fire Fox and right next to Amigo’s in the QingZhiWu area south of Zhejiang University Yuquan Campus. Walking up to the restaurant you might not be so impressed, but upon entering you will be greeted by a gorgeous glass case filled with desserts in every fanciful shape, jewel like color, and hit by the sweet scent of freshly baked pastries. In house made ice cream tempts alongside sweet and tangy sorbet offerings. The first floor has an elegant feel that pairs perfectly with the long well stocked bar. However, wandering up to the second floor, our mouths dropped open. Gorgeous blonde wood encases giant windows that allow light to flood in, bathing the tables and couches with a bright warmth.
Our surprise didn’t end there. We turned to the task at hand, expanding our waistlines. Upon perusing the menu we ordered a number of dishes suggested to us starting with drinks. The Hazelnut Latte 32RMB was deemed delicious but paled in comparison to the No. 9 Milk Tea 25RMB. Topped with a golden cotton candy crown on top that melts in your mouth as you sip the more than above average milk tea. Following our caffeine injection we chose the Creamy Chicken Pasta 38RMB, frankly a delicious innovative variation on the oft-standard Carbonara/white sauce concoction offered everywhere. This featured crisp bacon slices, chicken, and fusilli pasta instead of the over used wide noodles. Onion Rings 20RMB, Italian Parma Ham Pizza 68RMB, American Hamburger 60RMB, all tasted great. The real stars of the day were the Vietnamese Black Tiger Shrimp Mango Salad 68RMB, Australian Bone in Beef Rib (800g) for 198RMB, No. 9 Lava Cake 58RMB, Cocoa Roll with Ice Cream 38RMB, and finally three Cream Puffs 16RMB each. The salad was a luscious mix between the shrimp and mango. And you simply must try the tender Australian Bone in Rib. If the desserts had not been so enticing we would have simply curled up on their couches to sleep like a cat basking in the sunlight, or perhaps more like beached baby whales. This love potion strikes a nice balance between student friendly dishes and pricier yet delicious offerings.