Western grocer and bakery featuring restaurant with nightly salad bar, closed Sundays
The Wicker Basket (馨香烤屋):
I love this restaurant!!! I have been coming to The Wicker Basket regularly ever since I first arrived in Kunming, and have always had a very positive experience! They have a great selection, including Western style breakfasts, sandwiches, entrées & much more! My personal favourite dish is the chicken parmesan, which also comes with garlic bread & a salad! Another great thing about this restaurant is that after 5 pm (or possibly 5:30 pm at the latest), they have an incredible all-you-can-eat salad bar, which features a variety of assorted greens, multicoloured veggies, sliced chicken, diced eggs, croutons, dressings & toppings, as well as crispy onion rings & even more! Beyond that, the salad bar costs only 35 rmb, or otherwise comes free with the purchase of most of the entrées (including the chicken parmesan)! It really is a great thing for anybody that is looking to have something healthy for dinner...for me personally, the chicken parmesan with the salad bar have been a go-to post-gym meal for me for as long as I have known about it! They also have very reasonable prices for almost everything that they have on the menu! On top of that, the staff are very friendly & professional; they do their jobs very well, and are always very eager & excited to serve! The cook at the Beichen location makes a particularly delicious chicken parmesan!
They currently have 3 locations in Kunming...here are the addresses for each location:
Beichen location: Beichen Xiaoqu Walkway C-14, Kunming
Kaiyuan location: Kaiyuan Residential Area, Bldg 11, 1-4, Kunming
Zhimeng location: 1-2, 93 Dong, Hupan Zhimeng Xiaoqu, Kunming
Stopped by last night for dinner on the small patio and to pick up a couple of their apple pies. Always attentive and courteous staff and good solid food. Don't forget to check out their freezers for frozen foods like chicken and beef pot pies, pizzas, quiches, cakes etc.
Great western dinner at a reasonable price. The salad bar is a wonderful bonus if you order a dinner meal. I like to get their early just after 5, then salad bar is especially fresh and full of all the selections. Staff are my favorite in Kunming. They are friendly and attentive, but not over bearing. Give you menu and then give you time to make a selection.
Went for a late lunch today. Prices are really good, plus they have chicken pot pies! Great selection of import foods in the store (pricey though) Really friendly staff.
Only been to the one south in Kunming, which is close to the international school.
Staff are very friendly and they have some western food stuff for sale, such as cheese, bbq sauce and pasta etc.
My favorite is the salad bar, which might be one of the best deals when it comes to food in Kunming.
Food never arrives on the same time and the bread, although it`s better than Bread Works, Rambo Bread and Carrefour, it`s not really good. Back home in the old country, no one would eat it. Here in Kunming it can be a decent back up for bread craving dudes like myself.
Overall a nice place to go for food and if it wasn't for the salad bar I would give it 3 stars as the food isn't all that.
On a sunny day, the upstairs balcony is a nice place to smoke while waiting for the food.