An exceptionally good restaurant!
The restaurant is located on the second floor of the newly established Inzone shopping center. It offers a very friendly and nicely furnished interior and also has a balcony for outside dining. Also there seems to be a "smoking on the balcony only" policy in place (but I'm not sure about that), however I was really delighted to enjoy my delicious food in clean air. Similar to most western restaurants nowadays, the kitchen is integrated into the one-room dining room, so you can watch the cooks scurry around the giant oven.
To say it right away: The price level is comparable to a good western restaurant, so it's very expensive for Chinese standards. I paid around 600 RMB for two people (including drinks, etc.). But I noticed that there are special deals on the menu who allow for discounts of up to 20%.
The menu itself is somewhat limited in range (compared to Italian restaurants in Germany for example) but I really have to say that the food they offer is exceptional and absolutely the very best that I've eaten in Jinan until now! After inquiring I was told that most of the ingredients (like cheese, fungi, etc.) are imported from Italy and the meat comes directly from Australia. And if you really like a very good steak then you definitely have to have a try, because I think this is the best on their menu.
Some slippages do occur, for example at that price level I would have expected the staff to have poured in my German beer (they have several brands available), but I can live with that.
But what absolutely catched me was the very friendly atmosphere! The western chef really goes to great length to make you comfortable and his wife even helped out with translating between me and my chinese guests at some point.
So in a nutshell: If you want to eat a real good western steak or italian food in Jinan and are willing to pay normal western prices for it, then this a great place to go!
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