[ Amoy ] 鼓浪嶼的黑貓與花之聲
...see it has no signs of being a restaurant that's still in operation. Actually it looks more like a deserted haunted house.
The Black Cat Restaurant's address is Yongchun Road 14. It used to be called the Black Cat Ballroom and was opened in the 1920s by a merchant as an entertainment house for the Upper Class of the time.
The mansion was again open to Public as the Black Cat Restaurant by a Taiwanese with the help of his business partner who specializes in food & beverages. The Taiwanese merchant collects thousands and thousands of antiques, including a menu from 1908 of an official banquet served at this mansion. Lots of travel blogs and websites still mentions how retro and classy this restaurant was and it showed what its glorious days were like back in the 1920s.
But none of the websites mentioned that this place is no longer open. You can no longer find the Black Cat Restaurant signs anywhere on the gates and the buliding. Don't know when it was gone but no one seems to mention it. It just looks like any other ruins on the island.
The only cats we see now are the real cats lazing around on the window sills. All these majestic mansions must have lots of fascinating stories. Would like to read all about it one day and take a longer stroll on the island.
The mansion across the Black Cat Restaurant is a private residence. Pretty monumental too but less classy.
When we were looking around for Black Cat Restaurant on Yongchun Road, we passed by this small B&B. Becaues the Black Cat Restaurant was gone and we didn't know where else to eat, we saw a cat sleeping on the back door of this hotel and decided to give it a try.
The owner of this hotel didn't think about buying a mansion on this island to run a B&B. He and his wife just loves these old houses and would like to restore one to its original glamour. Although there are lots of old mansions like this falling into disrepair or maybe in need of attention, it took them about 2 years to find the match. Then the owner took another half a year to see how restoration is done on old buildings in cities like Macau, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tienjing and then started on the plan to restore this mansion. I think it's quite successful.
The interior decor is European. Saw on their website that the rooms are like this too but each room is a bit different and has a different theme.
因為沒什麼餐可以選，所以就點了個應該比較 safe 的咖喱飯＆滷肉飯. 食物是 ok only. 不過 hotel 裡有 free wifi 實在太感謝了。
There wasn't much choice so we just ordered something more standard. The food is just ok to soso here.
The hotel has free wifi so we were glad that we could download the map again to figure out where to go next.
花之聲度假旅館 Blossom Resort
A: 福建省厦门市思明区永春路12号. NO. 12 Yongchun Road, Gulangyu, Xiamen.
The other steet around the area.
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