On top of the cooking, students also get the stories behind the food, as well as proper english (jessies writing looks good to me) translations, as well as presumably some chinese practise (trees, food, fish, and plant names are always hardest in a language, in my opinion!)...this is a bargain.
I did chinese cooking classes about 10 years ago in europe, and I can give my experiences just for comparison.
I dont remember the price but i guess it would have been around the same price. 3 hours each session, timed. It was in a proper cooking school, with a swedish guy who'd been a chef in some shanghai 5 star hotel. About 10 students each time.
Firstly, being in a proper cookery school, every kind of equipment was available. 80% of that equipment is not found in a typical kitchen, so that aspect was kinda useless.
Secondly, there were 9 or 10 students. The teacher would come around once every halfhour to see how each team (yea, we were split into random teams) was doing, make some corrections, talk some bs.
Thirdly, the ingredients were totally ridiculous. One simple dish, ants climbing up a tree, had about 20 different things in it. Something i remember specifically was counting out the 35 chillis for another dish, no more no less. Hmmm..reality check?
There were some tips on shopping, for example where you could get shaoxiang (??) wine, which was forbidden in europe at the time due to its anaesthetic properties. Nothing practical at all.
A few months later i came to china and realized that nothing id learned was usefull. Literally nothing.
Now. If someone is offering to teach an evening of real cooking in a real kitchen (i say the smaller, the better), take you shopping for real ingredients in a real market, in a group of 2 or 3, for 100rmb then i think its a fair deal. The kungfu and taiji and music teachers also ask this kind of money so why not the cooks...?
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been there several times, very satisfied every time. menu has classics like fish n chips, bolognese, pizzas etc. very tasty, at good prices.
Friendly staff and good service, food and prices are ok. No complaints but its nothing special either, and not worth a visit unless you live closeby.
Nice atmosphere and cosy but the western food is bad. I think they deep-fry the burgers. As a cafe - 4 stars (service is a little bit lacking at times), coffee and cakes etc are good. As a restaurant, 2 stars (western food is too bad, asian food is mamahuhu).
"All the Meat" only had about 3 slices of salami on it, so maybe i got the wrong order. Anyway, leaving that aside - soggy bread, ketchup as tomatosauce, and cheese was probably from a tube.
Potato wedges soggy as well.
I left half my meal, the only thing up to scratch was the coke and the service. Will not be back.
If the name of the shop is written in english then they should speak english, yes! A pokey shithole trying to give the impression of a quaint li'l ole bookshop. Pig-ignorant staff, never been greeted with a smile there, nor even greeted. If you must shop here, bring your own bag. 1 star earned for selection and the (for me) convenient location.