Truly good food returns to the mind days, weeks, or even years after eating it. Like, you're playing Switch at midnight and all the sudden you think, "I need a Beef & Liberty burger. Right now." The galettes at RAC are like that. I told people about them. I sent my mom a picture. I tried to go back the next evening and met despair – they had closed at 7pm. The next day I got the same round table in the corner looking out the giant window at the lanehouses next door. The galettes tasted even better this time.
The original RAC's reputation for painful wait times kept me from ever going there. Thankfully, their second shop a block north of IAPM on Shaanxi Nan Lu has no queue in the afternoon. The place feels like dining in your interior-designer friend's house, with tons of natural light, nice silverware, and friendly staff who let folks order right up until the edge of 7pm. Everything on the short menu – from the drinking vinegar to the veggie galettes to the avocado salad with green tomatoes – feels carefully considered and perfected. You might find yourself dreaming about them weeks later.
RAC is proof that you don't need neon signs or Pantone colors to be a wanghong. Hell, they don't even have wi-fi here.
RAC has opened up a new spot and it's even more Instagram friendly than the last one. Sitting on Shaanxi Nam Lu, the two –floor lanehouse is gorgeous and picture-worthy at every corner- light and bright industrial-chic embellished with playful tiles design laid from the floor all the way to the bar, greenery around the corner, and natural light from the windows and roof window, creating the right mood and settings for your favorite brunch place.
Let’s get into the action. Sautéed mushroom, earthy tomatoes, cheese and an egg in the middle, the Veggie galettes is crispy, rich, and moreish. I can understand why people are crazy about the galettes and crepe here. While galettes is the focus here, don’t miss out the avocado toast. Bread is crispy by edge and soft in the middle, topped with a generous scoop of avocado spread and followed up with sliced avocado, half boiled egg and handful of walnuts for the crunch. It might be the best avocado toast in the city.
The place is quite small with limited seats on the second floor. First floor is an even smaller space serving coffee and drinks, so a line should be expected when visiting. The well decorated dishes are just as beautiful as the surroundings. Another spot for the brunch lovers!
Price: 140 RMB for 2 dishes
Summary: RAC’s second location is just as great as the first one. Serve with delicious galettes, crepe, coffee, and sandwich, brunch is the best time to be at RAC for a sunny afternoon.
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