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RUNNER UP - "Best Café" - CHENGDOO citylife Magazine Annual Readers' Poll 2011
Coffee, cakes, muffins, pies, etc. from the Comforts of Home folks.
January 18, 2013
1 reviews4 stars: 1
So sorry for all those who have had difficulty with Leannas being noisy. That could have been my kids. However, that is exactly why we go sometimes to both Leannas and Peter's because they are family friendly places to eat. I think the food is good and reasonably priced and I even heard a rumor that they are opening up a new location in the new Suning Plaza near IKEA. I will recommend them despite their slow service (at times)
January 16, 2013
3 reviews4 stars: 1
5 stars: 2
For 40 RMB their Smackerburger is in my opinion, the best burger value. Anyone outside of the restaurant biz actually paid attention to beef prices lately?
Their desserts, not even considering the price factor, are excellent.
You would need to eat 20 bowls of 6 quai noodles to get that amount of meat. Sorry but I don't get why expats so often complain about the price of foreign food in China. Obviously they never thought 2 seconds about comparing the quality and quantity of ingredients, ambiance, and service mentality to a the prices of comparable local restaurant.
Really its hard to knock Leanna's that much, yeah their location isn't great, decoration isn't luxurious, their staff exactly isn't up to 5-star levels of service, and apparently they are besieged with roaming packs of rabid children. But lets be fair, for the price your getting your money's worth.
January 10, 2013
2 reviews2 stars: 1
5 stars: 1
I'd give this place four stars if it wasn't for a few problems.
Firstly I'd like to mention that their pies and other baked goods are really delicious, especially their pies, besides their bread which is tasteless.
Their small restaurant/cafe is constantly occupied with children running around making noise. Which is what children do! But not a place that I would seriously consider ever sitting down to have a meal, or much less bring a friend or classmate.
When trying to make an order for delivery I was helped by a guy who seemed to have to ask his manager a question every time I asked him one. This carried on until I asked to speak with the manager herself who in turn was VERY impatient with me as a did my best to describe my address. This was no cheap order either!
When my delivery finally did arrive the next day (as the baked goods needed to be prepared a day in advance) it was at least an hour late even though it wasn't a same day delivery.
I'm not surprised I'm not the only ones with these views. Clean up your act Leena's Bakery and maybe I'll start ordering from you again. Until then, I think I'll do without your overpriced baked goods.
January 6, 2013
On behalf of Leanna's Bakery we want to apologize to Maxsimal and the other guests who received poor service and food on Christmas Day. We would like to offer you a refund on your Christmas Dinner, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, state your name and the time you were there.
We know that our service hasn't always been as good as we would like. We are in process of making changes and are determined to do better in the coming year.
Our goal is to provide high quality product and service. If you feel you did not receive that, please contact us at the above address.
December 27, 2012
3 reviews0 stars: 1
1 star: 1
i've stopped going to leanna's because i have been disappointed with their service lately. when i go to the restaurant to eat the food takes a really long time to come out, and i don't particularly enjoy the blaring christian music and children running around. when i try to order delivery they are short with me on the phone, never remember where i live, sometimes refuse to deliver to me (has happened on several occasions), and don't show up for about 2 hours usually anyway (and my food is completely cold).
just not worth it for me personally. i've been able to find the stuff i was buying there elsewhere.
December 26, 2012
1 reviews1 star: 1
Had a really bad experience during the Christmas dinner.
Service was very slow, very slow - had to keep going up to ask Leanna? to come by our table, as the other staff were ignoring us and/or wouldn't stop.
We finally went up to get our dessert to eat before the main course because things were taking so long.
When the food showed up luke warm, at best, and again extremely late.
I ordered the 'all you can eat' option, but by the time we'd even gotten our first plate, I was ready to leave, I was so annoyed with things.
This was my first stop at Leanna's, and my last. Perhaps the cafe is great normally, but they couldn't handle the holidays (although honestly the staff didn't look that all that busy)
June 12, 2012
2 reviews3 stars: 1
Went back recently and discovered the food prices have risen. The set menus are also gone. The Caesar salad is now around 32rmb when it used to be around 24. However the food is still delicious and beats places like Tex-Mex and Lazy Pug in both prices and flavor. I'll just go every other week instead of every few weeks.
June 12, 2012
2 reviews3 stars: 1
5 stars: 1
Just went here today. The baked goods are really good and cheap!! But... the coffee was a bit of a let down. I finally realized why the coffee I have had in Chengdu has been really awful, they use powder! In my opinion, just not okay to say you are selling a capp, but use powder to make it. If you are looking for a bakery, this is definitely the place to come, but don't expect much of a cafe. Oh, also the music ain't that great.
March 4, 2012
2 reviews4 stars: 1
5 stars: 1
Probably my favourite restaurant in Chengdu. The food is pretty simple and homestyle, but what sets it apart is it is always consistent, and always good value. Fresh veg, quality ingredients.
The chef salad is amazing, love their bagels, nice home-made soups, good pizza, chicken sandwich is generous and comes served with various condiments(!!!!), great cheap pancakes w/ warm syrup, cinnamon rolls are delicious.. could go on. Also very much in love with their spiced apple cider.
Thank you for existing, Leanna's.
July 18, 2011
1 reviews5 stars: 1
I have had two excellent experiences at Leanna's.
First time, I just got a buttercream cinnamon roll for the next day's breakfast. It was fantastic, better than the ones I make (first time I've ever said that).
Tonight, I went with a friend. He got a cheeseburger & chips (26 RMB), which he was very happy about, and I got a Caesar salad with chicken breast (24 RMB). It was fantastic, and really filled me up, which is unusual for me and salads. :)
The place was very quiet. The service was slow, but I needed to relax, so that's OK. I took home a menu so that I can order over the phone before going next time.
March 19, 2011
8 reviews4 stars: 2
5 stars: 1
My experience was a little different - really fast service.
But we ordered soup and salad, so that's pretty easy.
The broccoli potato cheese soup was amazing, and when I looked at the menu thought it was a little pricey (19 yuan I think?), the bowl was HUGE and so was the salad which was also around the same price.
Aside from the Indian restaurants, they're the only place I've found that sells chai tea, which was also pretty decent.
Best part by far was the baked goods.
Bought a couple of pastries to try, a Boston creme donut with chocolate and something like an apple fritter.
Prices have gone up I think, the donut was 10 but it was so worth it!
Atmosphere just reminds me of a little mom and pop restaurant from back home.
And yes, the screaming kids were still there.
Maybe they live there?
November 1, 2010
7 reviews1 star: 3
2 stars: 3
3 stars: 3
4 stars: 3
I have mixed feelings about this place. On the one hand, they offer some of the best baked goods in Chengdu at extremely low prices (RMB8 for brownies, slice of chocolate cake, and I think even less for donuts and cookies). So for a quick dessert that'll definitely leave you feeling that you got good value, both taste-wise and size-wise, for your money, I think it's a great place.
Their selection of drink mixes, baking mixes and ingredients, and ready-to-eat stuff like granola and bagels is both quite extensive and very reasonably priced.
I haven't tried any of their breakfast or lunch offerings, and part of that is probably due to the fact that despite its large space, it's not a very cozy hangout. During mealtimes it's chaotic with what seems like lots and lots of small children running around and screaming, and other times, something about the layout or furniture arrangement or decor makes it seem kind of cold.
Service is not the speediest, and the hot drinks are a little disappointing -- watery and served lukewarm -- but, hey, they are indeed inexpensive and certainly not the worst in town.
October 12, 2010
6 reviews1 star: 1
3 stars: 1
4 stars: 1
5 stars: 3
The small blurb written above "Coffee, cakes, muffins, pies, etc. from the Comforts of Home folks" does not encapsulate this small coffee shop/ bakery in the quiet tibetan neighborhood of a bigger, busier, and louder Chengdu. From the first ring road, hang a left (or a right depending where you come from) onto a small street (forgot the name of the street), and at the end of this crevice of a street, you will see the sign for the bakery.
It is larger than other cafe's around Chengdu, but still contends that small, coy, feel to it. The staff is friendly, but not the fastest staff. I ordered a sandwich, and while the sandwich came out ready to eat fairly quickly, the water was a whole other story. I waited for water, and I eventually had to go up to the counter and ask for it myself... TWICE!!!!!
Other than the service, I must say this bakery is a gem in Chengdu, and on the Mainland as well.
Order the Brownie (By the way, prices are extremely reasonable!!! I believe the brownie is around 7 RMB, but again, don;t take my word for it, go there and see for yourself). The brownie is to die for!! It is the best brownie I ever had!
- Max JG
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