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Al's Diner (Xiangyang Lu)
    • ADDRESS:
      2/F, 174 Xiangyang Nan Lu,
      near Fuxing Zhong Lu
      襄阳南路174号2楼, 近复兴中路

    • PHONE:
      5425 1930
    • WECHAT:
      -
    • AREA:
      Xuhui
    • METRO:
      10 mins walk from South Shaanxi Rd
    • HOURS:
      Daily, 9am-midnight (kitchen closes 10.30pm)
    • CARDS:
      Local cards accepted, Alipay
    • WEB:
      -
    • SmartShanghai.com Editor's Description
      This venue has yet to be experienced by our editorial staff of discerning nitpickers and sardonic critics. Editor's Description forthcoming.
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    • Waffle-craving jet-lagged holiday morning - a brunch spot might save me. 

      Went for Scoe's Fried Chicken & Waffles (yes fried chicken for breakfast). Everything was good with crispy fried chicken skin and soft waffle soaked with Al's syrup -- for the breast. But when I cut up the drumstick, there was still blood and very rare meat close to the bone. This was the last thing I wanted to see and still a long way to satisfaction. The waitress offered me a replacement, anything on the menu, so here goes "That Breakfast Sandwich Thing We Make", housemade sichuan-pepper pork patty with well-done scramble egg (should have asked how I wanted my egg done) and remoulade inside of English muffin (rare huh). When you lack sleep, you lose the sense of how much food you should eat. That's exactly what happened to me. With the stunned look on my friend's face, I finished this sandwich, thinking "would have been better if I could finish the chicken waffle". 

      Heard they make a mean milkshake as they use ice cream as a base, imagine that. But as vulnerable as I was that morning, chamomile tea was my choice. It was good at Odelice, as they use teapig's, but not so healing here at AL. 

      Oh, careful with the home-made stuff. We also had a fly in the orange juice. 

      Service, I have to say, was terrible. For some reason they were trying to keep all guests away from the sofa seats, going so far as lying. We were there from 9:30am - 11:00am, and not a single guest showed up for the "reserved" tables, which the waitress swore were booked at 10am. 

      Although I'd highly doubt I come back to Al's, I did stare at the cinnamon roll downstairs for about five seconds. Maybe just cinnamon rolls and Gracie's ice cream next time.

       

       

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