Caramel cinnamon toast? Oh Maan oh Maan

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Maan Coffee is a super gorgeous chain of Korean-owned coffee houses that have captured the hearts of Chinese consumers with its distinctive interior design – featuring live trees growing to the ceiling and eclectic chandeliers and seating – and trendy food characteristic of East Asian cafe culture. While we came for a sugar fix, we kept coming back because Maan is such a fun space to hang out in.

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The attractive food always necessitated a flurry of phones as we snapped photos. You get a sense of the menu through the detailed plastic food models.

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You pay at the walk up counter right after ordering. Then, you are given a stuffed bear which you can take to any table in the restaurant. A server will find you and take the bear back when all your items have been served.

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This isn’t actually honey toast – it’s Caramel Cinnamon Toast (33 RMB). The cream is incredibly silky and smooth and the amount of bread is more manageable than Mango Six’s. It’s just gorgeous.

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In the foreground is Honey Toast (28 RMB). This doesn’t come with cream but comes with three dips: a chocolaty sauce, a creamy sauce, and a fruity sauce.

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The plate furthest back is the Mozzarella Toast (28 RMB). It’s pretty boring compared to the other toast.

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Chocolate Waffle (38 RMB) with ice cream, fruit, and cookies.

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The Bulgogi Panini (42 RMB) and Chicken Bruschetta (35 RMB) are fine if you need some salt and protein to balance out the sweet stuff but really, Maan Coffee’s strengths do not lie with savory dishes.

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I miss it so much already! Luckily, honey toast is really easy to make. Honey, toast, whipped cream, done.

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