When Unconditional Love Coffee opened in 2008, it was an early entrant into the growing Western food and beverage scene in Shuangjing, and the man behind the place, coffee fanatic Lawrence Chen, was far ahead on the quality java curve. Not only that, Chen was among the first to stock brew from Brooklyn, Rogue and other operations, had a decent selection of single malts, and created a cozy space where one could chat with friends, read a book, or just sit on the patio and chill with a cappuccino or beer.
Needless to say, being among the first isn’t always the easiest, and ULC has not only held out while the surrounding area grew up but also weathered a six
-month-week closure last fall. But hold out and weather it has, and the place is now moving ahead with a new food menu, says Andrew Horowitz, who is handling the kitchen.
Horowitz says items such as Chicago-style chili dogs with pickles and onions, and sausage sandwiches with caramelized peppers and onions, will be available by week’s end, with more to soon join, including pulled pork / coleslaw sandwiches and sausage and pretzel platters.
“It’s a work in progress, but moving along,” says Horowitz, who notes that UL Coffee retains its strong focus on coffee — he calls the iced caramel mocha fredo a “standout” — and offers a good selection of alcoholic beverages, including 50-plus imported bottled brews, draft Slow Boat beer and 20-plus single malts. Enjoy them inside or on the deck out front.
Unconditional Love Coffee is on International Art Street, near Pingod Apartments, and is open from 8 AM to late on weekdays and 9 AM to late on weekends.