Food reviews - Shanghai, Uncategorized IIIT! CAFE 23 March 2009


IIIT! Cafe
The Summit Clubhouse
99 Wulumuqi Zhong Road, No 4
Shanghai, China
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I heard word that the oddly named IIIT! Cafe served up a great panini. It’s a tucked away cafe inside an expat housing complex, and is so catered for the expat crowd it’s laughable. It does have lovely, plush, sofas and friendly service, however the prices are SO FRIGGIN’ INSANE it’s almost amusing. I was amazed and disgusted at the “10? extra at lunchtime” rule. When I questioned the sanity of it (the cafe was completely empty, so no crap about being busy and thus commanding a higher price please), I was simply told “Umm.. because my boss said so” How very insightful. It’s basically just a sneaky way to try and make more money, despite the food there already being incredibly overpriced for pre-made, substandard sandwiches.

I opted for the Steak & Cheese panini at 48?, oh wait, I mean 58? because of the glorious “10? extra” rule. It came out a sizeable portion, which was good, but the meal was just average at best. NYC Deli’s Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich is half(!!!!) the price and 10x better – handsdown. The side salad with balsamic was lovely, however. The giant chocolate chip cookie is giant alright 😛 It was okay, a bit too sugary. However their strawberry orange smoothie was outstanding – a blissful concoction of fresh fruits that kept me very happy. If I were in the area again, I’d only get the smoothie. Everyone thing else is definitely worth a miss.


Steak & Cheese panini

Giant chocolate chip cookie and Strawberry orange smoothie

The lovely interior


40 Comments

  • am_klutz posted on March 23, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    OMG. That cookie is HUGE!

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    • beverly posted on March 23, 2009 at 1:48 pm

      The size of my head, heh!!

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  • angelnotes posted on March 23, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    What a huge cookie! Haha. 😛

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    • beverly posted on March 23, 2009 at 1:53 pm

      I didn’t realise it was so big when I ordered it, haha!

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  • vanstels posted on March 23, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Oh my.. that cookie is way too huge. you could eat it for tea time and breakfast!

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    • beverly posted on March 23, 2009 at 1:56 pm

      Hehe instead it was my lunchtime dessert 😛

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  • ichabunni posted on March 23, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    i’m gonna have to echo everyone and say… holy crap that cookie is HUGE!!!

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    • beverly posted on March 24, 2009 at 1:41 pm

      I can’t remember how much it was, but it wasn’t cheap either!

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  • starbucksweetie posted on March 23, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    The interior reminds me of Starbucks.

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    • beverly posted on March 24, 2009 at 1:42 pm

      hah you’re right, it’s pretty similar

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  • claypot posted on March 23, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Huh? What 10 yuan rule?

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    • beverly posted on March 24, 2009 at 1:42 pm

      Yeah exactly. it was maddening!

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  • joni_to0622 posted on March 23, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    was the cookie good? I just had a huge cookie too with chocolate spread on top! yum!

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    • beverly posted on March 24, 2009 at 1:58 pm

      Yummmmm that makes it so much better, heh!

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  • am_klutz posted on March 23, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    OMG. That cookie is HUGE!

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    • beverly posted on March 23, 2009 at 1:48 pm

      The size of my head, heh!!

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  • angelnotes posted on March 23, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    What a huge cookie! Haha. 😛

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    • beverly posted on March 23, 2009 at 1:53 pm

      I didn’t realise it was so big when I ordered it, haha!

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  • vanstels posted on March 23, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Oh my.. that cookie is way too huge. you could eat it for tea time and breakfast!

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    • beverly posted on March 23, 2009 at 1:56 pm

      Hehe instead it was my lunchtime dessert 😛

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  • thefragrantelf posted on March 23, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    “…because my boss said so” lol!

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    • beverly posted on March 24, 2009 at 1:59 pm

      So… logical!!

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  • ichabunni posted on March 23, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    i’m gonna have to echo everyone and say… holy crap that cookie is HUGE!!!

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    • beverly posted on March 24, 2009 at 1:41 pm

      I can’t remember how much it was, but it wasn’t cheap either!

      Reply
  • starbucksweetie posted on March 23, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    The interior reminds me of Starbucks.

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    • beverly posted on March 24, 2009 at 1:42 pm

      hah you’re right, it’s pretty similar

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  • claypot posted on March 23, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Huh? What 10 yuan rule?

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    • beverly posted on March 24, 2009 at 1:42 pm

      Yeah exactly. it was maddening!

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  • sunday_best posted on March 24, 2009 at 4:33 am

    The chocolate chip cookie is definitely shareable…for a small army, lol!

    I ♥ panini sandwiches – especially on grilled ciabatta bread! What’s your favorite panini recipe?

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    • beverly posted on March 24, 2009 at 2:02 pm

      me too, too bad this wasn’t good! I like anything with it really 😉

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  • joni_to0622 posted on March 23, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    was the cookie good? I just had a huge cookie too with chocolate spread on top! yum!

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    • beverly posted on March 24, 2009 at 1:58 pm

      Yummmmm that makes it so much better, heh!

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  • thefragrantelf posted on March 23, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    “…because my boss said so” lol!

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    • beverly posted on March 24, 2009 at 1:59 pm

      So… logical!!

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  • sunday_best posted on March 24, 2009 at 4:33 am

    The chocolate chip cookie is definitely shareable…for a small army, lol!

    I ♥ panini sandwiches – especially on grilled ciabatta bread! What’s your favorite panini recipe?

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    • beverly posted on March 24, 2009 at 2:02 pm

      me too, too bad this wasn’t good! I like anything with it really 😉

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  • sintart posted on March 24, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    10 yuan extra for lunch time, that’s just being greedy?! Cafes/restaurants here usually do set lunches at cheaper prices to get more business in 🙂

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    • beverly posted on March 24, 2009 at 2:03 pm

      Same here!! it’s only THIS place that tries to grab extra money, for no good reason considering it was quiet as a mouse when i was there..

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  • sintart posted on March 24, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    10 yuan extra for lunch time, that’s just being greedy?! Cafes/restaurants here usually do set lunches at cheaper prices to get more business in 🙂

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    • beverly posted on March 24, 2009 at 2:03 pm

      Same here!! it’s only THIS place that tries to grab extra money, for no good reason considering it was quiet as a mouse when i was there..

      Reply

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