Located in an underground mall that houses a large array of Chinese and international food and drink options, Seven Monkeys Kitchen in Mall of the World, Guangzhou is a funky little cafe specializing in omurice, curry, pizza, and pasta. Most of the menu items consist of fusion-style food. We came here not only for the food but for the whole package. It was an opportunity to linger in a cafe-like setting, while in China, with homey Italian dishes to savor. 🙂

Seven Monkeys Kitchen 并不是单纯的西餐厅,而是将食物与幸福完美融合的西餐厅。首席厨师长根据快速变化的外出就餐趋向和顾客的趣向,并结合自身丰富经验,为顾客提供多种多样的菜单和优质的服务而不断的努力着。
Seven Monkeys Kitchen 以简练的装修风格营造出高级、利落的室内就餐氛围。

Review of Seven Monkeys Kitchen (Mall of the World 花城汇, Guangzhou)

Ambiance: ★★★☆☆

Seven Monkeys Kitchen 以简练的装修风格营造出高级、利落的室内就餐氛围。Walking inside felt like stepping into a fastfood restaurant that’s informal and friendly. With wide area but limited seating, this restaurant is best for solo dining or small groups. The straightforward layout and minimalist design were captivating, amplifying the bright ambiance throughout. I also liked the idea of having white walls that could be left blank or decorated with pictures or statements in a gallery style. So neat!

Service: ★★★★☆

We had a great time, thanks to the staff who was courteous, humble, and polite. It was she who taught us first how to ride the Guangzhou Metro. Beyond food recommendations on the menu, she gave helpful tips and advice on which metro lines we should take to go to our next destination. 🙂 We were also happy to be served with the food quickly since we were really hungry. The only thing that should improve is attentiveness. It was quite hard to get the staff’s attention especially when more customers started to come in for lunch.

Food: ★★★★☆

Blanketing a hefty mound of rice tucked into a paper-thin omelet, the Hot Wing Cream Sauce Omurice 秘制烤翅奶油蛋包饭 (RMB 49) was topped with grilled wings that were particularly spicy. Not short on sauce, the warm Japanese-style omelet was so soft and the flavor blended perfectly with all the ingredients as well as the cream and ketchup.

The Spicy Chicken Pizza 香辣烤鸡比萨 (RMB 55) tasted also amazing, but what fell out of my expectation was that this pizza did not have a bread crust, so I wasn’t even sure if it’s right to be called as “pizza.” Is there such thing as a “no-bread pizza”? Hmmm… In any case, it had a satisfying combination of cheese and mustard sauce, which was a delight. The sweetness of the pumpkin complemented the spiciness of the roasted chicken.

Price for Value: ★★★★☆

When in Guangzhou, China, it’s a great experience to learn how Chinese chefs prepare and cook Italian-inspired food. The dishes at Seven Monkeys Kitchen are moderately priced and the range of items on the menu consist of a little bit of something for every palate. This restaurant must be a hot spot for those tourists and locals who are thrilled to try delectable fusion of Italian and Asian food that don’t cost an arm and a leg.

Cheers 🙂

Mall of the World, Zhujiang E Rd, Tianhe, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
Seven Monkeys Kitchen also has branches in Beijing, China.
Date Published: 05/18/2015
15 / 20 stars

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52 Responses

  1. Joanne T Ferguson

    What a great review and thank you for allowing me to learn something new! I had never heard of this place, but like to store design! It is very unique and thanks for highlighting today! I am hungry now!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      You’re welcome anytime, Joanne! We have struggled to choose a restaurant to dine since there are many options in Mall of the World, but picking Seven Monkeys was worth it. 🙂

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  2. Tammileetips

    I love the coffee mugs, those are adorable! This sounds like a great restaurant to grab a bite at! I love how modern and sleek the whole place looks and it seems to be a relaxing environment.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yup, those were cute coffee mugs except that what we had was only water. 🙂 Seven Monkeys Restaurant is a fine example of Asian cooking with a twist of Italian cuisine.

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  3. The Barat Queen

    I love reading your posts about Guangzhou! Whenever I’m in GZ, I just always go the Chinese cuisine route since that’s what they are famous for, but you’re showing me that there are other nice restaurants to try!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      That’s what we want too but there’s also a point when we wanted to try other food naman, kasi medyo nakakasawa rin looking at the same noodle house, dim sum restaurant, or quirky Cantonese delicacies in just about every corner hehe. This one is a good try! 🙂

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Thanks as always, Carrie. 🙂 The food was creative and tasty, and the atmosphere was a fun combination of hip, modern, and casual. Neat place!

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  4. Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma)

    Wow,first an underground mall sounds really neat and interesting. I’ve never heard of that! I love learning new things and your review post was great! I love the moderness of the place! Very pleasing to the eye!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Thanks, Cindy! 🙂 This wasn’t my first time to dine in an underground restaurant since I’ve spend a year in Singapore always doing so in Orchard Road and some of the MRT stations there. It’s quite fun.

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  5. Brook Devis

    Wow this place is amazing. I love your blog because you show us very unique places to go for food. Seven monkeys kitchen is such a unique name.I love the fact that the food is also italian inspired-

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  6. Amanda

    I love reading all of your posts about the different restaurants you try out. This one looks like it was a hit, especially with the heartwarming dishes and those adorable mugs.I must admit that it is slightly weird to read about an Italian restaurant in China, but I guess that isn’t so strange after all!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Thanks, Amanda! 🙂 Oh yeah, I agree with you. Italian restaurants are not a common sight in the places we visited in Guangzhou, China. So I’m also glad to have tried at least one of them here at Mall of the World. Our experience was okay and nothing turned out disappointing.

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  7. Michele Bergh

    This place looks like a really good place to eat. I like the atmosphere of it all. Thanks for sharing your adventure with us.

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  8. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    An underground mall? That sounds cool on its own 😉 The food at this restaurant looks really good in all your photos.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yes, you read it right! This restaurant is low key, relaxed, and beautifully situated. The menu is also creative, and carefully prepared. Gotta visit this one. 🙂

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  9. Ashley

    An underground mall? I’ve never heard of anything like that before- how cool? Seven Monkeys looks awesome and the food delicious, but I’m totally hung up on this underground thing. I’m definitely going to have to look it up!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Most of the stuff (reviews and write-ups) about this mall though are written in Chinese, so you have to take advantage of Google Translate probably to make the most sense out of the content. 🙂 This mall houses a lot of good restaurants to enjoy both lunch and dinner.

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  10. Fi Ní Neachtáin

    How fabulous that you get to eat out so much, I wish I was as lucky! 🙂 This looks like a great place to grab a bite to eat. It’s great that you rate it so highly, four out of five stars on each criteria is great 🙂

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  11. Christy Maurer

    I love visiting your blog posts because I always feel like I’m getting a cultural lesson! Thanks for sharing this restaurant! I think the decor is adorable. I would love to try the spicy chicken pizza. It sounds so different.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yeah, I myself haven’t tried anything like it before. It’s an awesome find inside Seven Monkeys, and there are lots of flavors to choose from. In case you drop by, try their pizzas! You’re welcome, Christy. 🙂

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  12. miriam

    It’s always interesting to see these reviews for restaurants from around the world… The food at this one looks delicious. For now, I can only dream about trying it 🙂

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Awww if you like it so much, why not put it in your must-visit list? 🙂 Seven Monkeys is a casual restaurant where you’ll surely have a good time.

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  13. Liz Mays

    The pizza you ordered sounds really nice but not what I would expect. I’d be interested to see how that pumpkin tastes with the other ingredients.

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  14. Wendy

    The food looks delicious! Never thought to try chicken with pumpkin. The idea of a mall underground is awesome. Would love to be able to travel there someday.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      I’ve never tried anything like it before, too. Chicken and pumpkin turned out to be a good combination. The end result also felt healthy. 🙂

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      I’m glad you like the concept. The storefront design is attractive and you’ll get to see it for sure once you enter the underground mall from the left side entrance. 🙂

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  15. Yona Williams

    I am in love with the use of the huge fork, knife, and spoon in the décor of the restaurant – so cool! I think the food served here has an interesting presentation. Makes me curious as to how it tastes.

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  16. Miranda (Myrabev)

    Sounds like a very nice restaurant to eat, not sure I would call a crust-less pizza a pizza lol but whatever works. It’s nice when staff are helpful not with just the food but the area as well

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      It’s a lovely local and simple place with great quality of food. This restaurant can be one of your best options after touring the Guangzhou Library or Guangzhou Museum area.

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  17. Ave

    You are so lucky to try out so many different restaurants. Seven Monkeys Kitchen sounds like a great place for fusion food! I really like their minimalist design! I’m glad you had a great service and the food looks good too!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Not all places we tried served really good food, but Seven Monkeys Restaurant was one of those which did. If given the chance, I’d definitely return. I hope it opens a branch here in Manila. 🙂

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  18. Dogvills

    Now this is my kind of mall. I like the dining area and the dishes over there. I am always hungry after shopping

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  19. Tiffany

    What an awesome mall!! I look for the mall everytime I travel. I know this would be an amazing one to visit.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      The mall was not too big as expected—taking cue from its name “Mall of the World.” However, the number of shops and restaurants inside was enough to fill an hour of exploration. 🙂

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  20. jared's mum

    the meals here look like something i will enjoy. but the bread-less pizza sure sounds odd! the mug is just too cute, though!

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