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  • Follow your nose along Yongjia Lu to the charming O’Mills Bakery & Bistro. Best known as a trendy brunch spot, it also serves up an impressive selection of baked goods and more recently, an appealing dinner menu.

    The upstairs dining area has a relaxed homely vibe. At first look the interiors can seem a little ill fitted. A lot of the deco you’d probably find in your grandmas house, think pink florals paired with teal coloured velvet-tufted Scandinavian style chairs, but for some reason it kinda works.  While I hate that this phrase is so loosely thrown around these days, many have described it as an ‘instagrammable’ hot spot. Yes many of the dishes are garnished with pretty edible flowers but what you really want to know is, is the food tasty?

    Dishes of mention:

    - Gravalax with rye bread – lathered with a delicious beetroot sour cream base but could have done with some seasoning. A relatively small dish but perfect if you want to leave room for a baked treat. Go for the almond croissant.

    - Vege burger – a stand out patty made of goat’s cheese and beetroot with a nice crispy texture.

    I only have one criticism and it isn’t exclusive to this café, but needs to be mentioned. What will it take to get all the meals served at the same time? I had finished my meal by the time my partners came out and for only 2 diners that’s amateur service. 

    O’Mills Bakery & Bistro are certainly onto a good thing. I think they’ve nailed a good location with little competition close by, the coffee is excellent and the food not far behind.  I’ll be back to try the dinner menu for sure.

    Price for 2: 220 RMB

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