Western grocer and bakery featuring restaurant with nightly salad bar, closed Sundays
Excellent salad bar. Hamburgers are usually ok. The fancier dishes were a little lacking.
Giving it a 4 stars for the salad bar. If you were going there for "fine dining" then probably best to go somewhere else.
The store also has some nice imported food(though obviously Metro is cheaper for some things). The freshly baked goods are nice too.
I went to Wicker Basket today - very friendly welcome. Fantastic banana milkshake (if there are better shakes in Kunming, I haven't found them) and the chicken strips were excellent. I always buy my bread there too - best value in town. Their frozen pies are really nice and there's plenty of baked goods on offer. Reasonable prices, nice atmoshpere. If only it wasn't so far away!!
Recently it took me half of a day to finally find one of the Wicket Basket restaurants. Since I am new to Kunming, I don't even remember which of the 2 it was. Luckily, I asked for a business card (a habit when I visit or patronize a place I thought worth another visit) and they gave me one for each of the 2 restaurants. Their e-mail address (for both) is: thewickerbasket(at)hotmail.com
Went there yesterday and it totally made my week. Nice decor and friendly staff and a real salad bar. Sadly we both wanted mexican food so I can't really say much about their other courses. The food was great but just a tad spicier would have improved the dish. The best thing was that we almost had the place to ourselves and we could have a quiet conversation without shouting, spitting Chinese people in the background. I realised how much I had missed that since coming here.
This place is fantastic and even though we live in the center of Kunming, we love to go there for a meal. The food is excellent and the people there are super friendly. The coffees are good and the chili is especially good. Just don't go on a Sunday - they will be closed. One more thing that is really nice about this place is the fact that it is a No Smoking establishment, which is hard to find in this area of the world.
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