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Western Breakfast at CF Cafe

There are two reasons why I would ever eat Pizza Hut’s food. They can receive orders in English if you call them for delivery. Also, they do scrambled eggs and French toast breakfasts up until 10:30. Given Pizza Hut’s wide reach, that’s highly convenient if you are traveling through unfamiliar places in China. In Changzhou, however, there are some places that offer a western styled breakfast with higher quality food. CF Cafe is one of those establishments.

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The food here has always been of high quality. Their cakes, breads, sandwiches, and pizza are all worth the trip. However so are their breakfasts, and the prices are roughly the same as Pizza Hut. As implied earlier, the quality of their offerings are much, much better.

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This is scrambled eggs with salmon. It came with a fried tomato and a salad with Japanese style dressing. This cost about 45 RMB. For me, salmon is a very rich-tasting fish. There is only so much of it I can eat in one sitting. The portion here was just about the right amount. While I enjoyed this, I liked the next dish even more.

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The baked beans and the tomato makes me think this is a more British styled breakfast than American, but that that’s really splitting hairs. So this is basicaly scrambled eggs with spinach and mushrooms. Other sides include a breakfast sausage and potatoes. This runs about 55 RMB. That’s roughly similar to what I normally pay at Pizza Hut. Maybe it’s 5 RMB more, but I will gladly play the difference.

These two options are not the only breakfast choices CF Cafe has to offer. However, this category of food is just another indication of the quality you can find here, whether you are seeking breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

CF Cafe is located in Taihu Road in Xinbei and is across the street from the media tower and complex. It’s walking distance from Wanda Plaza and it’s BRT station.

Sandwiches at CF Cafe

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Caesar salad wrap
Sometimes, finding good salads in Changzhou is easier said the done. It’s a no-brainer: if you live in the Middle Kingdom, you will
always be surrounded by Chinese food. So, some people are always looking for salad recommendations, and I tend to be one of those people. Thankfully, a friend pointed me towards C.F. Cafe in Xinbei, and I am very glad she did.

For me, it’s near my university and where I live. I can walk there. Also, for people maybe taking the B1 BRT bus into Xinbei for the day, it’s also conveniently located. It’s just down the street from Wanda Plaza and Istanbul Restaurant on Taihu Road 太湖路. The large media center and TV tower is also across the street.

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Ham, egg, and veggies
C.F. Cafe offers coffee and cake, too. But, honestly, I haven’t tried those, yet. I had not only a salad here, but also most of their sandwiches.  The chicken Caesar salad seemed a bit small, but the it had the right proportion of dressing. As for the sandwiches, they turned out to be the compelling selling point and what I most often return for.

The key to a good sandwich is always the bread. You can have the most expensive cuts of meat and the most exotic condiments ever, but if the bread is bad, the sandwich will be bad. It tastes like C.F. Cafe bakes its bread daily. As for the rest, it’s fairly simple. I had a chicken sandwich, a Caesar wrap, a ham and egg, and more. All of these are reasonably priced, and if you go in the middle of the day, there are available as easy takeout. They are already made and are ready and waiting. If you opt to eat in, they have something like a panini press that will warm things up and crisp the bread.

I noticed some items that might be very vegetarian friendly, but I haven’t given them a shot. Just took some pictures of the menu and sent them to a very interested friend. However, the selling point of a good restaurant is when many, many things on the menu look very good. So, while I currently like the sandwiches, I will definitely return often to try the other fare.

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CF Cafe’s storefront